You’re a student, so you’re probably young and feel indestructible. But we all have to take care of ourselves to stay healthy, especially if you want to do well in your studies.
With these basic health benefits, it’s easy enough to keep in good shape while still enjoying yourself.
1. Drink Lots of Water and Eat Proper Food
Alcohol, energy drinks and microwave meals might be staples of the stereotypical student diet, but they’re not exactly a recipe for a healthy mind and body.
Making your own food with fresh ingredients is a much better option, and if you split the cost with your housemates it can even save you money. Make sure to stay hydrated too; inadequate fluid intake can ‘lower your physical and mental performance… and lead to dehydration’.
2. Stay Active
You don’t have to be a fitness freak to benefit from a little exercise. Even 20-30 minutes of physical activity three to five times a week can improve memory, boost energy and increase focus.
Sports are also a great way to meet new people and socialise, so there are plenty of reasons to get active.
3. Get Some Sleep
There are never enough hours in the day to get everything done but skipping sleep is rarely a good idea, as sleep deprivation affects your concentration, memory, judgement and problem-solving abilities.
If you struggle to sleep, getting more exercise and eating healthily could help. Likewise, avoiding caffeine after 3pm and trying not to use illuminated screens (including phones, tablets and computers) immediately before bed will facilitate a good night’s rest.
4. Beware of Stress
Stress is a major problem among students, with heavy workloads, part-time jobs and busy social lives giving us plenty to worry about. Left unchecked, stress can also impact upon your physical and mental wellbeing.
The most important thing is to be aware of the signs of stress, such as headaches, irritability or anxiety, as this will allow you to take action before it becomes overwhelming.
As well as sleeping and eating well, there are various relaxation techniquesyou can use to relieve stress and anxiety.
5. Taking Precautions
You’re full of youthful vigour and beauty, and at university you’re surrounded by lots of interesting people you’d like to ‘get to know’ (however briefly). All we ask is you remember to use protection. If you still need convincing, try staring at this gallery of STDs for a bit; you’ll soon find yourself magically converted to the benefits of barrier prophylactics.