Health & Wellness for College Students
October 4, 2015
What, with exams, papers and an active social life, college students fail to find time to keep up on their personal health and wellness until an illness catches hold and stops them in their tracks. Even when most colleges provides health care and endless physical activities for students, staying healthy in college is not so easy.
To ensure the student’s health, here are a few tip to keep them illness free throughout their education.
Learn proper portion size and keep track of food intake, vary your meals, keep only healthy snacks around, drink moderately, don’t fight stress by eating – work out or take a break instead, drink enough water, limit sugary and caffeinated beverages, limit junk food, don’t skip meals and set up foods that can be eaten on the run, indulge every once in awhile a little treat sometimes is a great reward for eating a healthy diet, lastly, take vitamins, supplement with some multi-vitamins to stay healthy and illness free.
Stretch, ride your bike, play a sport, head to the gym or take advantage of fitness courses, walk to class, incorporate different kinds of exercise in your routine, make it fun and bring a friend and take advantage of open spaces to take hikes or play Frisbee.
Most college students are known take it for granted that sleep is an integral part of staying healthy. Make sure enough rest is being taken.
Take a nap, don’t work in bed, get a full night’s rest whenever possible, stick to a schedule and create a bedtime routine so that the mind and body will know that bedtime is approaching and that it should get into sleep mode. Work out bedtimes with roommates and avoid all-nighters. Avoid caffeine, eating and drinking right before bed. Keep your room dark and quiet.
College is a place where many students choose to explore their sexuality. Get tested, take advantage of vaccinations, get regular exams and always use protection.
With communal living and thousands of other students sharing classroom space, spreading colds and viruses is easy if not careful. To keep you from getting sick, wash your hands always, avoid sharing beverages, don’t go to class if you’re sick, try simple over the counter remedies or go to the doctor, drink lots of fluids, get a flu shot, avoid ill friends, don’t touch eyes and mouth if hands are not totally clean, and keep immunization up to date.
Students can get run down with so much going on. Cut back if needed.
College students are in a high risk group for depression, so make sure you keep yourself happy and healthy, and don’t be afraid to ask for help, keep in touch with family and friends, and build new friendships.
Assert yourself. Don’t let anyone make health or wellness decisions for you that you feel uncomfortable with. If you don’t want to eat that donut or have a drink, then don’t.