STUDENT LIFE / NOV. 05, 2014
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How to Look After Yourself at College

How well are you looking after yourself as a college student? At college you will spend many hours studying each day, but you shouldn’t let college demands have a negative impact on your overall well-being, don’t you agree? Making the effort to create a plan of how you should be spending your time and adjusting your lifestyle so that it fits around your college studies is essential to your overall well-being and happiness as a student.

These are 7 tips that will help you take care of yourself while at college:

#1 Eat healthy


Make sure that you don’t miss important meals during the day because of college work. If you are planning to study, cook from home and take your food with you so that you avoid eating fast-food. You should be eating 5 meals in total every day; 3 main meals (including breakfast!) and 2 snacks in between, just 2 hours before your lunch and dinner. Also, include lots of fruit and vegetables in your diet; they are very healthy and will give you energy to get by through a busy day at college. Noom coach can help you record what you are eating every day and lets you know how many calories each meal has.

#2 Exercise regularly


Exercising can help you escape from your college-reality. Make sure that you exercise for at least 30 minutes five times a week. Not only you will be in great shape after a couple of months but you will build your confidence and develop the energy to try more things throughout the day. A great app that can help you keep track of your everyday life and exercise is Moves. This app helps you set goals and records your daily cycling, walking and running, counting your steps whenever you go.

#3 Get enough sleep


Without sleep it is impossible for your brain to function! Make sure that you get 8 hours of sleep, especially when you have exams or when an assignment is due soon. You should try to sleep during the important hours each day which are between 11pm - 4am. If you are planning to go out, take your nap during lunchtime. You will be thankful you have done it later!

#4 Have fun!


Finding the necessary time to do things that you really enjoy is refreshing. Go out and enjoy the sunshine or have dinner with your friends after your 4-hour lecture. Other activities that can help you relax and spend your free time creatively is watching a movie, bowling, reading books or singing karaoke with your friends! The most important thing to remember is that by organising your free time and studying time effectively you get to enjoy all the benefits of being a college student. For example say “This Tuesday morning I will spend 3 or 4 hours studying, then I am going for lunch with my friends for an hour and at night I am going out”. It is that simple.

#5 Adjust the environment to your liking


If you feel that your environment is not inspiring you to do any work, make the necessary changes to your room décor. Perhaps you could buy some colorful posters that can decorate your wall, change your curtains, and hang inspirational quotes on your door to help you to keep going to those 9am lectures at college. Something like “Keep calm and go to your lecture” sounds perfect for the occasion!  

#6 Talk with your family, friends or colleagues


It is important to constantly work on your support network and to get some free friendly-counselling sessions. Taking some time to talk with your family and friends could be an opportunity for you to release stress and confide any personal issues that you may be dealing with at the moment. If you are struggling with your studies perhaps you could ask your colleagues or college counsellors to help you out. If you are away from home, make sure you are available at Skype, Oovoo or Viber!  

#7 Manage Stress


The amount of unstructured time that college students have – especially first-year’s students, increases anxiety. So, do not let stress control you, just deal with it. Develop a stress management strategy, find which activities make you happy and leave some space in your agenda to do these. Try to think what stresses you out and get to the root of the problem developing new habits. Also, avoid smoking and drinking excessive amount of alcohol; even though you may think it is helping it is not, it only makes it worse.

College life is definitely not easy; but if you follow these tips you will manage to feel good both mentally and physically. Constantly monitor your health and get those assignments submitted before the deadline and you will be just fine!

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