So, first you try and tell us how to be professional, and now you are trying to tell us how to be healthy? Didn't you just post a picture of a chimichanga covered in queso? Hey now! Moderation is key. But trust me, this is as much as it is advice for you as it is for me. And, what do I even know? I'm just a college freshman. So, let me continue my little spree of giving tips and tricks for things college kids need to learn. This time, it's all about health.
1. Dress for the weather
I know that cropped sweatshirt and jean skirt look adorable for game day, but Liam from Alpha Chi won’t think you are so cute when you have a 100-degree fever and snot running down your nose for the next week and a half. Get it together kids! Both boys and girls have this problem. I see guys around campus in just a light sweatshirt when it is 20 degrees with heavy wind. Wear a jacket! Trust me, you’ll thank me when you aren’t sick.
2. Get enough sleep
This is so important. Many college kids sacrifice sleep way too often. Lack of sleep is detrimental to your health, especially if you are sick. Make sure to get an extra hour of sleep. There are studies that prove that an extra hour of sleep can help more than an hour of crappy study time at 4 AM.
3. Taking a Saturday to study instead of party
Sometimes you are in a crunch and you need to sacrifice your beloved Saturday night to study away. Get over your FOMO, there are more Saturdays to come. Less homework on Sunday, and having a quality assignment to turn in will be worth it, I promise.
4. Learn to handle stress
This is something that will make or break your future. If you can’t handle stress, then you will have a hard time surviving college. Self love is so important, and you need to make sure that you take a little you time each week, or day, to help manage stress. Whether it means you let yourself watch an episode of your favorite show once a week, or paint your nails, meditate, do a small yoga flow, again, the possibilities are endless.. There are so many options. Nothing has to be big, schedule time for yourself once a week just to unwind, by yourself. This will help you take a moment and breathe. This paired with time management and planning will easily decrease unnecessary stress in your life.
5. Work Out
I suck at this one, completely suck at it. But, at last, we are reaching the ages of adulthood, and with that, our great teenage metabolisms are fleeting. It’s time to set the chips and salsa down and go hit the rec. Take classes, find what fits you best. Whether that be 20 minutes on the elliptical with a small ab workout, some heavy lifting, interval training, hot yoga, cycling class. Make it work for you, and you will be happier once you get on track.
6. Eating Right and Keeping Hydrated!
This goes with the last one. We can’t keep eating fries and pizza every night (even though that is the only, somewhat edible item in the dining hall). Get some greens up in there, healthy fats, watch those sugars. Woohoo, healthy! We got this, we can do this. Watch the Starbucks Frappuccinos, and only Macdons like once a month. Do not forget to hydrate! Keeping hydrated and having the right kinds of nutrients in your body is so detrimental for many things, such as: your skin, your digestive health, and to stay alive, to name a few. WATER WATER WATER! or die!
7. Time Management
(First, please appreciate this hardworking doggo.) I know this was mentioned in my last article, but from planners, to time management, planning in advance will make your life so much easier. Keep a calendar, whether it be in your planner or on your phone. Color code it. Make it pretty, whatever keeps you coming back to it so you can keep ahead of the game. At the beginning of the semester, schedule out all of your exams. If you don’t know the time, at least plan the day. You will thank me later when that exam doesn’t sneak up on you. Plan out just how much it will take each day to complete that large paper. It will be worth it.
8. Find the balance
This won’t come easy. I don’t have it yet either. But, you have to find the balance. How many times can you workout a week? How many hours should you study each day? When are you most productive? What meals work best for you? What are you doing to destress? Keep these all in mind, and you will figure it out. Make an effort to figure out your balance, but don’t obsess over it.