If you’re a student in college, you know that college life can often be overwhelming, difficult and even stressful at times. Along with the parties, social events and milestones can come illness and even accidents. Maintaining your health in college, while easily done, is something that is often overlooked. Your well-being can affect your scholastic career and your general outlook on life. It’s incredibly important to maintain your health while you are in college; here’s how you can do it:
- Eat Healthy
While cafeterias do offer healthy options for their students, it is often easier to grab a slice of pizza or a burger than it is to construct a salad. If you are commuting, drive-thrus are a quick, convenient pit-stop on your way to class. Schedule enough time for your meals! By scheduling even an extra five or ten minutes, you can make the time to put together and eat a healthy, green salad, to eat a healthy breakfast or even to pack a great lunch to take with you. Don’t neglect your diet just because you’re a student!
If your school offers fitness classes, whether they count towards your major or not, take full advantage of them. You may find a yoga class, or even a bowling class, that you can sign up for. Many students find that they are more likely to exercise as they should if they are “forced” to by making it a part of their schedule.
Getting enough sleep, as a student, is all about scheduling. Study your notes every day to avoid having to cram the night before an exam. Avoid too many all nighters at the club and try to go to bed and get up at the same time every day. By setting a sleep schedule, your body will soon fall into a predictable routine, keeping you well-rested and healthy.
If you do get sick, head to the student clinic as soon as possible. The earlier you can get a hold of your illness, the sooner it will be cured. If you put off going to the doctor, a simple cold can easily turn into bronchitis or even pneumonia. You know your body like no one else; if you don’t feel “right”, get yourself checked out!
Staying healthy in college is easy if you remember that you are now responsible for yourself. Eat a healthy diet, get enough rest and be intelligent about your choice of sexual partners. Staying healthy while you are in school will help you maintain a positive outlook on life and give you the tools you need to graduate successfully.
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