College is a time that is full of a lot of things. Rest and relaxation are two elements that are usually pretty rare to come by in the university lifestyle that operates on hustle, bustle, little sleep, and a few too many parties. With this being said, it can often be a challenge to keep oneself healthy.
Day to day you have the classes and the studying. Over the weekend, you have homework and projects to think about and put together. You’re at college to learn, so it makes sense that the majority of your time would be dedicated to that. However, when you do have off time, like any other college student, you’re tempted to spend it perusing the internet or attending the nearest fraternity bash.
If you want to keep yourself healthy while at college, here are 3 ways to do so:
Be Mindful of Partying
Though a big part of college life, parties are a major component of making you unhealthy as an individual. First of all, your chances of getting drunk and driving increase with the more parties you attend, and that will affect your well being drastically. Besides this, alcohol in too high of quantities can cause weight gain, addiction, and even death.
Sounds a bit melodramatic, but if you want to keep yourself on the up and up, keep the parties on the down and down. This doesn’t mean you never drink and you never attend the parties. It means you discipline yourself and either limit the amount you attend, or you leave early and you limit the consumption of alcohol.
Take Preventative Measures
Close quarters, less than premium nutrition, long days, and tired students make college campuses a breeding ground for illness. That’s the last thing you want when you’ve got loads of homework, midterms, and other responsibilities to attend to.
To keep yourself in great health amidst the host of classmates that are out with the plague, get yourself the flu shot and whatever other vaccinations you need to ward off viruses and disease. The cost to you is miniscule when compared to what you will lose if you’re forced to lie in your bed for a week unable to form a cohesive sentence, let alone keep up with the growing school load.
Eat Right and Exercise
You might not put on the freshman 15, but that doesn’t mean that you’re in great health. If you’re dragging, always needing coffee to get you through class, or if your body aches from long hours sitting in lecture, keep your health up by eating nutritious food and exercising.
Instead of grabbing that bagel, go for the oatmeal and strawberries. Instead of the coffee in the morning, hit the treadmill for 20 minutes. If the treadmill isn’t an option, take the stairs to class instead of the elevator. Little gestures like this do miracles for energy levels, mood, and physical comfort.