How To Be A Healthy College Student

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Sierra Williams demonstrates how to be a healthy college student by making sure she gets enough sleep. It is best to fall asleep before 11:00 get a full 8 hours of sleep. Photo by Taylor Peterson

Sierra Williams demonstrates how to be a healthy college student by making sure she gets enough sleep. It is best to fall asleep before 11:00 get a full 8 hours of sleep. Photo by Taylor Peterson

Many college students in this day and age suffer from poor health, a symptom that is easy enough to treat if you know the tricks.  So why don’t more college students improve their own life quality? They aren’t sure how. So here are a few tips on how to have more energy and do better at school.

First, learn to eat better. By ‘better’ we mean ‘an improvement’, not ‘perfectly.’ You’re going to have days where you’re super short on time and a quick run to McDonalds or Little Caesar’s is your only option. However, more often than not, you could potentially take some time to sit down and make and enjoy a decent meal. There are studies upon studies that claim good foods to eat and not eat, but overall food that you prepare yourself tends to be healthier overall than food you buy from a fast-food joint in town. So next time you’re ready to blow 10 bucks on a food run, stop and ask yourself if you could go make something from your pantry.  10 dollars is a lot of money to a college student, go spend it on something better!

Second, exercise is good.  Studies have shown that exercise does a variety of things not just to your body, but to your brain as well. It reduces stress, allowing more fluid thought process, which will probably allow homework to be done a bit faster.  Again, there is an abundance of different exercise tips and tricks out there, so figure out something that works for you and go do it.

Third, sleep is essential to your health.  College students typically come home from class in the late afternoon, party with friends for a while, and then do homework.  This typically pushes your bedtime back by a few hours, ranging from midnight to any time in the night/morning.  Don’t do this to yourself, let your body sleep when it needs to. Figure out about how much sleep you regularly need, and get into a routine that allows you to get that.

Fourth, stress probably encompasses all of the other factors here, and also sums up a college life pretty neatly.  Stress is defined in psychology as “the body responding to strain, pressure, or unwanted change.”  So how do you deal with it?  People that seem to have stress under control (because you can never have no stress at all, but you can learn to manage it) all have figured out which things they have control over and which things they don’t, and don’t worry too much about things out of their control.

Hopefully these tips will allow someone to improve their college experience, however good or bad it may be to start.

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