Starting university is a great time to learn healthy habits for life. If you’re like most students, this will be your first taste of independence. Since no one will be checking up on you, it’s down to you to practice some self-discipline. You’ll thank yourself if you do, as you’ll feel more energized, lose fewer days to illness, and be more focused.
1. Eat a Healthy Diet
You’ll have much more choice about what to eat as a college student than you’re likely used to. Whereas there’s nothing wrong with occasionally choosing something unhealthy, it’s important this is the exception rather than the rule. Think about whether you’re receiving all the nutrients you need and eat filling meals to avoid the temptation of fatty or sugary snacks throughout the day.
2. Get Enough Sleep
Most people need around eight hours of sleep a night. It’s no good sleeping just a few hours some nights and catching up at the weekend — your body needs consistent rest. Using a sleep app can help you stick to a routine. Some remind you it’s time for bed or offer soothing sounds to help you fall asleep.
Other ways to ensure you sleep enough involve allowing your mind to relax before bed. Avoid screens at least one hour before bedtime and stop drinking caffeinated drinks by the late afternoon. If you find that you’re struggling to fall asleep, try meditating, drawing, or listening to music.
3. Exercise Daily
Regular exercise can also improve your sleep and provide other health benefits, including better immunity, higher energy levels, and reduced strain on your body even when you sit for long periods of time. College is the ideal time to improve your fitness because it’s easy to find new activities you enjoy. For instance, if you’re no fan of team sports, you could take up weight training, Zumba, or yoga. Exercising also encourages you to drink more water, and you may find that you start eating a more balanced diet as a natural result.
4. Keep Your Living Space Clean
A clean and tidy space is beneficial both for your physical and mental health. You’re most likely used to doing chores at home, but you’ve probably never been responsible for keeping the entire place clean. You’ll need to develop some discipline to tidy your living space on a regular basis, as well as whenever you notice something is dirty. If you’ll be living with other people, divide the chores amongst yourselves and make sure you do your fair share.
5. Create a Balanced Schedule
Socializing is important — in fact, it’s a key part of the university experience. However, it’s crucial to maintain a balance between your social life, studies, and rest. Depending on the friends you make, you may be tempted to go to parties every weekend, if not every weekday. Set limits as to how often you’ll go out and be sensible about how late you stay up. You’ll be glad you did the next morning.
6. Figure Out What Your Body Needs
Always stay alert to what your body is telling you. For example, if you start a new exercise regime, don’t push yourself too hard. If your muscles ache, stick to gentle stretches for a day. If you start feeling emotionally exhausted, take some time for yourself. Spending time alone to relax is critical for your wellbeing — don’t fall into the trap of thinking you always need to be doing something. Finally, if you’re physically exhausted, stop relying on coffee and allow yourself to rest.
It’s difficult to stay healthy if you’re living on campus. You face constant distractions and noise, your life is influenced by your roommate’s habits, and you’re stuck on a meal plan. If you’re committed to being healthy, a better option is to live in off-campus student housing. Oshawa students have Foundry 1805. You’ll receive a suite with a large bedroom and a fully-equipped kitchen — plus, there are restaurants and shopping just across the street. Pay us a visit to check out the amenities for yourself.