When it comes to our health, we should all be taking care of ourselves. College is a busy time, especially during finals, which can make it hard to make our health a priority. However, our health should be our biggest priority while in college. If you establish healthy habits now, you’ll convert these simple daily practices into a healthy lifestyle instead of a daily chore.
How much time do you set aside to do something for yourself? Scheduling an allotted period in your week to do what what you want is an important part of maintaing good health. Everyone needs time to treat themselves. Take a day out of the week to have “me time,” which could consist of doing yoga, getting your nails done, hiking, baking or even taking a bubble bath.
Have you read through this post without looking at your phone? If you have, props to you. It is safe to say that most students have a smartphone addiction. In fact, a poll conducted for Common Sense Media found that 50% of teens and young adults report feeling addicted to checking their phone. It’s really easy to get caught up in checking social media, however, this could be a huge distraction from getting important tasks done. Try deleting social media for a little bit and see how much more you get done. If the thought of that gives you a panic attack, then try deleting it for one day and go from there.
Do Not Drink Your Calories
College is filled with late nights, whether it be going downtown with friends or studying for a big test. These late nights can take a toll on your health. Not getting enough sleep, drinking too much alcohol and studying for long hours means you are probably reaching for caffeinated beverages or sugar-filled energy drinks more often than not. Don’t waste your calories on your drinks. Instead, stay hydrated with water or drink black coffee or tea. Also consider ditching soda as a drink mixer and switching over to something less sugary, such as tonic water.
Learn to Relax and Breathe
Constant multi-tasking, being over-stressed and over-committed puts your body into overdrive. This will cause an excess production of the fight or flight hormone, cortisol, which can lead to adrenal fatigue. Make a habit of taking breaks from all the studying. Consider taking a break to go to the gym, enjoy a meal, call a family member, etc.
Learn to Cook
You probably spend more money than you realize constantly dining out. If there is one healthy habit you should learn in college, it is learning how to cook, even if it is just scrambling eggs or making a sandwich. Cooking at home can help you become healthier and save money.
Eat Your Veggies
According to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, we should be eating at least two and a half cups of veggies and fruits per day. Try adding some vegetables at lunch or dinner. When dining out or cooking, swap your fries for a salad or broccoli (or whichever vegetable you prefer). This will help you maintain a healthy weight and boost brain function.