Ughhh it's almost time to go back to school. That means more late nights in the library, early morning commutes, and the slow transition to colder months. I usually get sick at least once every quarter, usually during midterms or finals week, so here are a few hacks I've found to stay emotionally and physically healthy all quarter long!
This should be obvious but when you're cramming for finals, balancing work with friends and other priorities, it's kind of difficult to consistently get 8 hours of sleep. Sleep is super important though! I found myself getting sicker every school year because of the lack of sleep I've been getting. By studying a little earlier and scheduling my classes a bit later in the day I have more time to actually sleep. Or if you prefer taking naps then scheduling your classes earlier in the day so you can nap before studying. Either way, you definitely need more than 3 hours a night.
2. Take a break
Self-care is super important especially when you're until stress. Even when it seems like there isn't enough time in the day I assure you there is enough time to take a 10-minute break to nap, grab a coffee or a snack, or cuddle up with a warm puppy. Here are 4 other ways you can take a break.
3. Buy quality groceries
When you're on a college budget this can be a bit of a stretch to get good quality groceries but if you want to stay fit when you don't have time then it's something I would make budget for. I love shopping at Trader Joe's since it is very decently priced and they have frozen meals and dishes you can easily put together in a rush.
4. Home for the weekend? Meal prep!
If you're living in the dorms and don't have access to a kitchen then try meal prepping while you're home for the weekend! Parents want to make sure you're eating healthy and will probably cook for you! It's a lot easier prepping for the long day ahead when you don't have to worry about cooking.
5. Curb cravings by chewing gumGiphy
I'm always craving pizza rolls and ice cream especially in the middle of a 2-hour lecture. I've found that gum helps to curb my cravings until I can get something remotely healthy to eat after class.
6. Set goals
Another healthy hack is to set simple goals for yourself. Whether it be to practice yoga for 10 minutes a day, eating clean for a week, or drinking 8 glasses of water in the day it's always great to set a goal for yourself.
7. Drink water!!!
I always forget to drink water throughout the day it's pretty bad. One hack I have found helpful is to buy a cheap clear water bottle and mark little lines on the side along with the time so you know you're drinking water. You can always set an alarm on your phone every so often to help remind you. Stay hydrated!
8. Take the stairs
I used to live on the 4th floor of my dorm and I was so lazy I would take the elevator all the time. I highly suggest to take the stairs every time if you live on the lower levels. Try taking them 2 at a time too!
9. Eat honey
If all else fails and you do manage to catch a cold try eating a spoonful of honey. Honey is an antioxidant which will help your body get rid of any toxins. It's also a strong antiseptic and great for soothing nerves and relieving fatigue.
Hopefully, this reminds you to eat well, sleep often, and stay hydrated. I wish you all the best of luck and cheers to the new school year!