6 ways to stay healthy at university

It can be hard being at university, and it is especially hard to keep up with uni work, your social life but also taking care of yourself at the same time. Here are 6 simple ways in order to stay healthy whilst at uni.

1) Stay Hydrated

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Hydration is key to keeping healthy! Make sure you’re drinking water every day as it helps boost your health and flushes the waste in your body aka alcohol! However, it is a fact that drinking water too close to bedtime can interrupt your sleep cycle, which is another key way to keep healthy.

2) Vitamins

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It is important to get your daily dose of all the important vitamins.

– Vitamin A – Good for general growth and development; including healthy skin and healthy teeth.

– Vitamin B – This is an important one! This is good for energy production, which while being at university, you are going to need. Vitamin B can be found in foods as simple as bananas. A banana a day keeps the tiredness away!

– Vitamin C – This one is good for strengthening blood vessels and increasing the iron in your body. Oranges are the main fruit known for vitamin C, but it can also be found in green and red peppers and strawberries.

– Omega 3 – two words… BRAIN FOOD! This can be found in seafood e.g salmon and tuna. A cheeky fish finger sandwich can go a long way too!

These are the main vitamins for university students. By making sure you are eating fruit and veg and getting your five a day, your guaranteed to be a healthy student. Just remember, for uni, energy is key!

3) Exercise

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Many people are scared of this word. Many people think this means they have to go to the gym and break a sweat on the treadmill. Well, that’s not always the case. Of course, the gym is a very good way to exercise and it doesn’t have to be daunting at all. You can even do your own home workouts meaning you don’t need to leave the house.

Another way is simply walking. If you drive and you need to go to the shop that’s around the corner? Leave your car at home and walk! Walk wherever possible and you will be surprised at the difference this may make.

Keeping busy in general can be good for your body. Being productive and active is healthy for the body as well as the mind.

4) Mental Health

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This is a more serious one. University can be very stressful and intense at times and some may be able to handle it better than others, but you should never keep quiet about your mental wellbeing.

If your feeling down or you’re feeling sad or depressed or anxious or any feeling that effects your day to day life then it is SO important that you talk to someone about it.

There will always be helplines and councillors at your university. Call them or email them and don’t be afraid to talk about your feelings because you are not alone!

 

5) Self- care

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You are the most important part when it comes to being healthy. Health isn’t always about what you eat and how you exercise but it’s also about how well you take care of yourself.

It can be things as simple as:

-Going for a walk for some fresh air and to clear your head.

– Having a bath and escaping all the stresses of uni work for a little while.

– Reading your favourite book or magazine etc.

– Making time for your friends. Socialising helps more than you think!

Overall, take yourself out of our comfort zone and put yourself out there because most of the time you will be surprised by yourself. Boosting your confidence will make you a much happier person and being happy is being healthy!

6) Sleep

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THE most important aspect of being a healthier student. Sleep is extremely important to taking care of yourself. It helps reduce stress, improves your memory and it has also been said that napping can actually make you smarter, all of which are important aspects when being a university student.

Young adults aged 18-25, are said to need at least 7-9 hours sleep every night. In order to make sure you get a decent night’s sleep, make sure your sleeping pattern is a pattern you can stick too. For example, going to bed at 12 to get up for 8 o’clock ready for your 9am lecture, allows you a decent night’s sleep and hopefully leads you to feeling fresh and ready for the day ahead.

All of these things are so simple and easy to add into your every day lifestyle, but it’s up to you to manage it and stick to it.

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