Ways To Stay Healthy In College

11 Easy Ways To Stay Healthy In College

Keeping up with your health doesn't have to be so difficult.

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When stressing about classes, homework, and midterms, it's easy for college students to neglect their health and overall well-being. While staying on top of your health doesn't have to involve any major life adjustments, small changes can go a long way.

1. Start off every morning with something to eat

There's a reason why breakfast is the most important meal of the day! While no one enjoys cutting down on sleep, waking up an hour early to get food before class will keep you energized throughout the day. And if you're running late, keep it simple by grabbing a fruit and yogurt on the way to class.

2. Make the most out of dining hall food

Sure, it's not ideal eating the same five foods for every meal, but even the scarcest of dining halls have healthy options available. You don't have to like everything offered, but take advantage of the salad bar and fruit stand to see what works for you.

3. Hydrate

Drink lots of water! Carry a water bottle with you to class and make sure to refill it throughout the day. And if you get tired of drinking the same thing every day, add in some watermelon chunks or lemon slices for extra flavor.

4. Stock up on healthy snacks

No one wants to walk to the dining hall when it's 30 degrees out or it's past midnight, so it's important to keep some healthy snacks on you at all times. Carry some granola bars in your backpack and keep a pack of yogurt in your fridge.

5. Cut down on soda and other caffeinated drinks

Yes, there's a soda machine in the dining hall and some cold Sprite would taste great right now, but constantly drinking unhealthy drinks will only hurt you in the long run. Stick to healthy drinks and if you're really craving caffeine, try and limit your Starbucks trips to a couple times a week.

6. Try and stick to a routine

College is chaotic, and trying to keep a routine is difficult. However, sticking to a schedule can reduce stress and can aid in attempts to be healthy.

7. Exercise

Make time in your schedule to get in some sort of physical exercise. Lift weights at the gym or go outside for a quick run if the weather is nice. Workouts don't have to be extremely time-consuming or strenuous, but the endorphin rush will leave you feeling happier and more energized.

8. Take your vitamins

It seems almost insignificant, but taking vitamins daily is a quick and easy way to keep up with your health.

9. Sanitize regularly

Wash your hands! Flu season is just around the corner and no one wants to end up in bed sick. Keep up with your hygiene and take all necessary precautions to make sure you don't get sick.

10.  Get enough sleep

As a college student, sleep may sound like a foreign concept, but getting a good amount of sleep EVERY night is so important. Try going to sleep at a reasonable time so that you wake up more refreshed and ready to learn.

11. Take time to de-stress

Staying healthy is about more than physical health, as mental health is just as important. If you're ever feeling overwhelmed, take time to do something that relaxes you. Whether it be meditating or writing in a journal, find a way to calm your mind.

Being in college comes with a new set of responsibilities, and it can seem impossible to stay on top of your health. It's okay to indulge every once in a while or take time off for yourself. The most important thing is finding things that work for you and make you happier.

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A list Of 15 Inspiring Words That Mean So Much

A single word can mean a lot.
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Positivity is so important in life. A lot of times we always go to quotes for empowerment but I have realized that just one word can be just as powerful. Here is a list of inspiring words.

1. Worthy

Realizing your self-worth is important. Self-worth can really make or break a persons personality. Always know that you are worthy of respect. And also, never compare yourself to others.

2. Courage

Be courageous in life. Life has so many opportunities so do not be scared to grasp any opportunity that comes your way. You have the ability to do anything you have your heart and mind set to do, even the things that frighten you.

3. Enough

When you are feeling down and feeling that nothing you do is ever good enough, know that you are more than enough. And yes there is always room for improvement but when it comes to my self-worth I always have to remind myself that I am enough.

4. Blessed

Be thankful. A lot of times we forget how blessed we are. We focus so much on stress and the bad things that are going on in our lives that we tend to forget all of the beautiful things we have in life.

5. Focus

Focus on your goals, focus on positive things, and focus on the ones you love. Do not focus on things that will keep you from not reaching your goals and people that do not have good intentions for your life.

6. Laugh

Laughing is one of the best forms of medicine. Life is truly better with laughter.

7. Warrior

Through the good and the bad you are a warrior. Be strong, soldier.

8. Seek

Seek new things. Allow yourself to grow in life. Do not just be stuck.

9. Faith

During the bad times, no matter the circumstances, have faith that everything will be all right.

10. Live

Start living because life is honestly way too short. Live life the way you want to live. Do not let anyone try to control you.

11. Enjoy

Enjoy everything that life has to offer. Enjoy even the littlest of things because, as I said before, life is short. And plus, there is no time to live life with regrets.

12. Believe

Believe in yourself and never stop. Believing in yourself brings so many blessings and opportunities in your life.

13. Serendipity

A lot of times we look for things to fill an empty void that we have. Usually what we are looking for comes when we are not looking at all. Your serendipity will come.

14. Create

Share your ideas with the world. Creativity brings change to your life. However you chose to use your creativity do not be scared to show your intelligence, talent, and passion.

15. Love

The world is already full of so much hate, so love unconditionally with all your heart.

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