Students live very busy and demanding life. They are at a junction where they are experiencing a lot simultaneously.
With a desire to maintain their social life, perform well in academics, and adhere to personal commitment, taking care of health and well-being goes on the back foot. But the caveat here is that without taking care of your health, you cannot engage in any of these activities. So, maintaining health and well-being comes at the forefront.
Check out these helpful tips that especially focus on students torn between many social, personal, and educational roles.
1. Eat a healthy diet
Maintaining good health starts with having a healthy and balanced diet. But when in college, eating a healthy and balanced diet seems the biggest challenge.
Often you have limited options in the college mess. Binging on a high-carb and fat-loaded diet looks easy and convenient to resist. Therefore, a balanced diet with all the necessary nutrients becomes very challenging. But you must make a deliberate effort and avoid such food.
Balance your meal plan by ensuring you have healthy portions of fruits, veggies, proteins, and dairy. Also, ensure that you eat whole grains and lentils and leave sugary foods out.
2. Opt for an online program
Times have considerably changed now. Now students can take online classes and spend some time caring for their health and fitness.
Many colleges and universities are offering both online and on-campus courses. This trend has become more mainstream after the pandemic. It perfectly suits students who have a demanding social life or work part-time.
Healthcare, especially nursing and public health professionals, are the biggest beneficiaries of this trend.
Often, they don’t have time to leave their jobs to enroll in on-campus programs. So, if you are enrolled in nursing or an mph degree program, you can opt for online mode and take some time out for your health and wellbeing.
Simultaneously, manage the rest of the schedule according to your responsibilities and preferences.
3. Exercise daily
Eating a healthy diet is not enough to stay healthy. Students often have to work long hours on computers, so backache, muscle strain, etc., are some of the physical issues they might face daily. Therefore, exercise is essential to improve muscle strength and elasticity.
Exercise also keeps your body in shape, improves mood and memory, and sharpens other cognitive functions like attention to detail and decision making. Hence, exercise not only helps with your mental and physical health but also aids in improving your academic performance.
4. Get enough sleep
The euphoria of participating in extracurricular activities, engaging in social drives and volunteering programs, and planning and organizing on-campus concerts often wastes many sleep hours. The result is that you come to the college or university the next day with a sleep-deprived mind.
Such a mind cannot concentrate on academic activities.
Continuous sleep deprivation impacts your memory and critical thinking ability,
resulting in a sub-par performance in both academic and non-academic life.
Sleep deprivation also impacts your physical health leading to chronic issues like kidney problems, diabetes, stroke, and obesity. Therefore, ensure seven to eight hours of sleep if you want to ace all aspects of your student life.
5. Engage in yoga or meditation practice
Yoga and meditation carry a lot of health benefits for anyone who adopts them. A healthy body and mind are more attentive, so yoga helps students improve concentration.
Studies show that yoga and mindful meditation reduces stress and depression too. According to a 2018 study, Hatha yoga had positive effects on a woman in the form of reduced depression and anxiety when she engaged in it for three weeks.
Students need to perform yoga and meditation to relieve their busy life’s stress and fatigue. They help calm your mind and muscles, improve blood flow, and reduce mood swings. It happens because you concentrate on the present moment. So, it enhances your awareness and self-perception.
After regularly engaging in yoga and meditation, you may also start having positive thoughts about who you are and your abilities.
6. Wash your hands multiple times a day
It is pretty easy for students to neglect their hygiene by ignoring simple things like washing their hands.
Touching each other with dirty and germ-laden hands is the easiest way to spread diseases. Frequently washing hands can prevent this germ transfer.
Also, keep sanitizers with you all the time. There are pocket-friendly sanitizers available in the market. Make a habit of carrying them with you anywhere you go.
Wash your hands during the day at regular intervals, but most importantly, before and after meals, after spending time with sick people, and when you touch your nose, sneeze or block cough with your hands.
7. Avoid smoking
When people from various backgrounds spend time together, like in an educational setting, getting the influence of each other’s good and bad habits is likely.
Good habits are always welcomed; it is the bad habits that are often a matter of concern. Smoking is one of the dangerous habits that you can get from others or transfer to others.
Smoking is injurious to health— luckily, there is a consensus on this issue. Therefore, smoking should be avoided at all costs. College authorities should make a strict rule to mark college premises as a no-smoking zone.
As for outside the school, it is the responsibility of students to take care of their health.
8. Get flu shot
Flu is one of the most common viral diseases, but also one of those you can easily prevent by getting a flu shot.
Take preventive measures before the illness ensnares you from all sides. Before the flu season is on you, go to the nearby healthcare center and get your shot.
Taking care of their health must be a priority for students. The rule is simple. If you neglect your health, you cannot perform well in your studies and certainly do not enjoy your life. There can be many ways to take care of your health and well-being; some are mentioned above to give you a lead.