During college, it is very easy to lose track of your health. Studying, making new friends, just enjoying the college lifestyle can make it very easy for you to lose notice of your well being. That being said your health is one of the most important aspects of your life, and you should take care of yourself.
Here are 15 everyday health tips for you to use during your life at college
Don’t skip meals: Being a college student may mean that you are running low on funds. However, you should never skip a regularly scheduled meal. Food is what gives you the energy and focus on going throughout the day. Even a cup of instant noodles or a peanut butter sandwich will give you more than enough energy to get through until the next meal.
Take a regularly scheduled nap: There may be a specific time in the day where you just feel lifeless and low on energy. By taking a nap during this period every day, you will reset your internal energy clock and refresh your body and mind as well.
Wash your hands: Germs can spread quickly, and that can make you and a lot of other people sick. By washing your hands on a regular basis not only will you prevent your health decline, but you will help prevent others as well.
If you share a shower wear flip flops: This might be a weird tip, but if you share showers it is entirely possible to pick up bacteria that causes foot fungus and athlete's foot.
Learn how to be safe: You’re still young, you’re still impressionable. But your parents aren’t around right now. Use an app such as Circle of 6 to help you out of any danger you might have. What is Circle of 6? It’s an app for your phone that connects to six people you choose (Your circle). When you feel unsafe, just press a button, and it will send your friends a message such as “Get me”.
Go to the gym: A healthy lifestyle starts with healthy exercise. Your school more than likely has a gym facility that is free to use. Take a bit of time out every day to visit these facilities.
Stop drinking caffeine before bed: Caffeine is a stimulant that is meant to keep you awake when you drink caffeine before going to sleep you mess up your internal clock, and you won’t be able to get a comfortable night's rest. Try to stop drinking, at least, three hours before you go to bed, or switch to beverages such as water or milk.
Eat Breakfast: Breakfast isn’t called the most important meal of the day for no reason. Give yourself that morning energy boost and you will stay focused all day.
Drink Water: We are water, at least, 75% water. By drinking lots, you kept yourself healthy and hydrated every single day.
Get plenty of rest: Make sure that every night you are getting 8 to 10 hours of sleep. To do this try and set a regularly scheduled bedtime for yourself. You’ll feel much better if you do this.
Eat fruits and vegetables: High and fiber and delicious. Fruits and vegetables are probably the two most important food groups. They are packed with vitamins that keep you healthy and focused throughout the day.
Avoid all-nighters: While cramming for one night might seem like it’s the easiest this is a very poor choice because it will affect your performance the next morning.
Set your own schedule: Schedule your day out so that you know you’ll have time for everything. Friends, meals, sleep, and study should all fit into your day.
Plan time for friends: Loneliness can be just as unhealthy as not eating correctly, make sure to schedule some time just to sit and chat.
If you feel sick, don’t ignore it: Your body knows when something is wrong and when you must do something about it. If you feel ill, visit an emergency room, urgent care, or if your campus has one available an on-campus clinic.
Written by Nicole Boyer