Any student who has just started going to school might not be aware of the fact that the lifestyle can wear you down. Maybe at the beginning of your time in school, you won't realize that you can set yourself up to get sick quickly. What with the late nights partying and studying, the ramen diet, or the general levels of stress that come from going to college for the first time, there are several things that can combine to make it easier for you to get sick.
Fortunately, there are several things you can do to try and stay healthy this semester at school. We recommend taking a look at this list to see if there is anything that you can do relatively easily and cheaply.
1. Eat Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables
Eating a healthy diet with a lot of fiber and fruits and vegetables is associated with a lower level of diseases generally, and having a shorter duration of diseases also. We know how much everyone who reads this blog enjoys a nice greasy chicken finger sub or a huge bowl of ramen, but try to get some fruits and veggies in your diet to stay healthy and happy while at school.
2. Get Plenty of Sleep
One of the hardest things to do while at college is getting the adequate amount of sleep. Most adults need on average 8 hours of sleep a night. You might think that you can function on smaller amounts of sleep and you are probably wrong. You probably don't realize how much better you would function if you got at least 8 hours of sleep every night. Getting more sleep, besides making you feel better, also helps with general bodily health.
We know that sitting in one place for a really long period of time studying for a test is sort of the status quo of being in college. This makes sense -- you can't easily study while running around. However, you should really try to find some time during your average week to exercise 2-3 times. Doctors Imaging in Louisiana recommends exercising at least 3 times a week. This will help with all-around health, and it will also help you retain more information when you are working and studying.
Even if you're not the kind of person who normally gets into yoga or things of that nature, meditation can be a wonderful way to deal with the stress of college. On top of that, studies have shown that regular sessions of meditation can also improve concentration and focus for a variety of mental tasks, including studying for tests and taking them. So get cracking on some meditation today!
5. Drink More Water
Especially with the partying hard lifestyle and moving around all of the time, it is easy to get dehydrated. Water is the source of everything in our bodies, which means that we will need a lot of it every day. Aim for 8 glasses of water a day, and more if you are out partying. Pretty much, the rule is that you can never have enough water.
With these tips and more, you'll be coasting to graduation in no time!
This article was written by Steve Bronson in association with Doctors Imaging, a group of radiologists in Metairie, LA.