Keeping healthy as a student can be difficult; with everything from lectures and coursework to new housemates and societies to focus on, it might not be your highest priority. But, by making a few proactive changes, you can improve your lifestyle and wellbeing.
Looking After Your Health
Taking steps to better your physical health can also aid your mental health, and vice versa. Here are some ideas of where to start:
- Sleep better: it’s easy to get sucked into the stereotypical student lifestyle – pulling all-nighters to get coursework finished, and clubbing until the early hours. Irregular sleeping patterns or a lack of sleep can make you feel irritable and affect your concentration. In the long-term, it can even negatively affect your wellbeing. Regular nights of around eight hours’ sleep at reasonable times will help you feel and work better.
- Exercise: you don’t need to be sports mad or a fitness guru, but it’s important to keep moving! Try joining a society or club that will keep you active, or working out at the gym. Gentler options include dance, yoga and swimming. Many universities have a wealth of facilities on campus or nearby, plus students deals that you can make the most of. You could also try walking or cycling to university instead of using public transport. If you’re worried about starting something new, why not get your friends involved?
- Eat well: microwaveable meals are tempting, especially when you realise how much work goes into homemade dinners. However, there are lots of student cookbooks which can help you create quick, healthy meals that will get you having fun cooking in no time. And, making large meals like casseroles and freezing separate portions can be a lifesaver in busy weeks, especially exam season.
- Try to manage your stress levels: being a student can be stressful. Being away from home and in a new environment, on top of exams and coursework, can really take its toll. Mindfulness exercises, staying organised and taking the time to relax and enjoy hobbies can help. If you’re struggling, reach out your university’s support services or check out charities like Student Minds. Don’t suffer in silence.
- Stay connected: particularly around busy times at university, it’s easy to become isolated and overly focused on work. Make sure to keep in contact with your loved ones back home, as well as your university friends. Whether they’re housemates, course mates or from societies and clubs, it’s essential to surround yourself with companionship and a good support system.
- Get outdoors: as well as becoming isolated, students often get stuck indoors due to studying. Going for a simple walk, especially out in nature, can reduce anxiety and depression. Try visiting your local park instead of spending the time on your phone or laptop.
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