Neglecting hygiene is just one of the many things one can leave out when dealing with all the things you have to do in the university. Through all the deadlines, projects, readings, and social life that you struggle to balance daily, many students often think not to prioritize their health.
Truth is, there is no better time to merge these healthy habits in your life than your time in college. Maintaining a good mind and body will help you experience your peak potential that can boost not only your performance but your overall confidence as well.
Here are some tips for staying healthy at the university.
Maintain a Balanced Diet
Your way to a healthy lifestyle starts with eating healthy. This results in weight loss and a boosted immune system, which is important during all-nighters and those strenuous review schedules. Speaking of which, it may be difficult for one to maintain a balanced diet with the availability of fast-food chains and cafeterias. Students might prefer these more because of its accessibility, than actually taking time to prepare a decent meal.
In this case, integrate healthy alternatives to the usual food you eat, and keep it in an acceptable variety. Grab a banana or an apple before you walk out, and never skip breakfast.
Find Time to Rest
The brain functions 70% less when deprived of sleep, and people experience this most of the time in their stay at college. You should always find time to get enough sleep and get that phone off your face during bedtime for improved shut-eyes. If you can, you should replace most of your free time with quick naps for that much-needed recharge.
Also, talk to your roommates to keep it quiet during lights-off. All of you will benefit from it in the long run.
Developing an exercise routine or getting into sports can be a fun way to stay in shape. Not only do you get to enjoy recreation during your free time, you also get a chance to meet people and develop teamwork (not to mention the Varsity scholarship opportunities).
But not everyone finds time to get into sports, mainly due to demanding academic workloads and time constraints. In this case, a trip to the gym twice or thrice a week or during the weekends may just be right for you. Even a good cardio workout before your morning classes can help spell the difference between a lethargic and energy-filled day!
Hours can pass and headache may set in first before you realize you haven’t drunk water since morning. Keeping a spill-proof water bottle with you at all times can get keep you hydrated on the go. Water cleanses the body and helps in transporting nutrients and minerals in your system, so this is just as vital as maintaining a healthy diet.
A hydrated body is also proven to lessen dirt build-up in the skin, preventing acne and pimples!
Don’t Smoke or Stop Smoking
Now that your body is in constant overdrive both physically and mentally, the last thing we’d want is the harmful effects of smoking getting in the way. Lung cancer, heart diseases… the list goes on. And none of them will help you through your time in college.
If you’re thinking of quitting, find local school programs to assist you in this endeavor. It’s gonna be hard, but very much worth it.
Keep Your Room Clean
Finally, maintaining a sanitary study area is also a good way to keep a healthy mental attitude. Your personal space also tells a lot about yourself, too. Make sure to keep the bedsheets clean, and vacuum all those hard-to-reach places where dust and dirt can accumulate. A clean place is a comfortable place, and you’ll find it easier to look for things as well if your things are well organized.