On Staying Healthy In College

On Staying Healthy In College

How the E. coli outbreak at Chipotle can remind us to stay healthy
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College students in the U.S., it's time to freak out. Our favorite Tex-Mex restaurant Chipotle is under investigation for an outbreak of E. coli O26 infection in several states, says the FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to the CDC, a total of 45 people have been infected as of November 19th in these following states: California (2), Minnesota (2), New York (1), Ohio (1), Oregon (13), and Washington (26). Of the people infected, 16 have been hospitalized, but there have been no deaths reported. The stores in these states that were closed for investigation have been reopened, with the approval of the CDC and FDA. You might be thinking that these outbreaks don't apply to you, or that you aren't concerned because no outbreaks ave happened in your state, and you may be right. But, with the final exam season coming up, we need to take better care of our health, so do you really want to risk it?

It's important to stay healthy and aware of illness around us, especially if you live with other people—dorms are the prime contenders for airborne sicknesses to spread. And while E. coli isn't airborne, it does remind us that to stay healthy and we need to stay alert. There are certain measures that we can take to remain healthy, both physically and mentally, when we are stumbling through college.

Getting Enough Sleep

When we don't get enough sleep, we become moody, less productive, and more prone to illness. Sleep is an important aspect of our day and if we decide to skip it, the other events in our daily lives can become muddled. From personal experience, pulling all-nighters may seem worth it, but they just hurt us in the end. If you have an upcoming exam, make sure you do some studying throughout the week and not just the night before. Taking a test caught up on sleep really changes the way the mind works.

Do a little moving

As a self-proclaimed Netflix addict getting out to do a bit of exercise is something I really don't look forward to. I'm not saying that you have to go out and spend an hour at the gym everyday, but a bit of exercise is good for the soul. Whether it's convincing some friends to go jogging with you or spending 20 minutes walking to class—the best option in my opinion—go out and get moving.

Stay Hydrated

Buy a refillable water bottle and continuously fill it up during the day. Ever since I started using a Brita bottle, I've been drinking more and more water, and my energy and skin have thanked me for it. Drinking lots of water helps flush out any infection that you might have contracted, and it can also help your concentration and keep you from overeating.

Deep breaths

It's exam season, so it's okay to get a little stressed out, but you have to remember that our minds need breaks too. Watch Netflix, go out to dinner with friends, attend a campus event, or hell, even have a bit of safe sex. Relax, do something that makes you laugh, and then get back to studying. A break from stress is essential to living a healthy lifestyle.

Keep in touch with loved ones

College is hard, life is hard, but friends and family don't have to be. Call them, talk to them, rant to them. Get the crushing emotions out. And then you can continue with life.

Keep a healthy diet

Now, I'll admit that dining hall food isn't the best for you, but it is still possible for you to dine smart even when on a dining hall budget. Instead of going straight for the pizza, look at the gluten free section. Rather than eating the pasta, meander over to the sandwich and salad station once in a while. I'm not saying that you have to do this every time you go to the dining hall, but once in a while you should change up which foods you ingest.

Caffeine is a no-no

Your classes are a bore, so you go straight for the coffee pot. It's okay, I do too. Just like all-nighters, the caffeine fix is just temporary and in a few hours, you're going to crash. Keeping your energy level up can be done by eating healthy, so caffeine isn't really that necessary, plus caffeinated drinks are usually high in sugar.

Get a flu shot and stock up on vitamins

Keeping you immune system healthy is key to surviving through college without sick days. Take the flu shot, many places give them out for free, and make sure that you're not just eating junk. Get some multi-vitamins, yes they might be an investment, but they help in the long run.

Take some "Me time"

Sometimes we just need to alone time to help replenish our minds and bodies. Take yourself out on a movie or shopping date, kick back in your apartment and pour yourself a glass of wine, sit back in your dorm room and read a book. Turn off your phone for a few hours and just pretend that you're the last person on earth. Revitalize your mental health – it helps you get through the semester.

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100 Ways To Practice Self-Care In Your Everyday Life, In 20 Minutes Or Less

Simple ways to start taking care of yourself.

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Life is overwhelming and distracting so it's easy to forget about yourself sometimes, but practicing small self-care acts is easy. Making time for yourself every day isn't selfish and is really good for your mental health. I think it's important for everyone to spend time doing things that make them happy and more calm, even if you only dedicate 20 minutes each day. Putting yourself first can lead to growth so many other aspects of your life.

Obviously, each person is allowed to practice self-care in their own unique way, but here are some ideas to get you started!

1. Do something new. 

2. Make a list of things you need to get done that week. 

3. Drink some hot tea. 

4. Go for a walk on a scenic trail.

5. Paint your nails.

6. Have a good laugh.

7. Buy yourself flowers.

8. Light a candle.

9. Do some tidying up.

10. Don't feel bad for saying 'no.'

11. Listen to music.

12. Slow down.

13. Drink a smoothie.

14. Run mindless errands.

15. Write down your goals for the week.

16. Talk to someone about the future.

17. Wake up early and get coffee. 

18. Take care of a plant. 

19. Take a bubble bath. 

20. Give yourself a compliment.

21. Give a stranger a compliment.

22. Watch a movie.

23. Put your phone down.

24. Declutter your personal space.

25. Go to bed early. 

26. Pray or meditate. 

27. Go for a drive. 

28. Make it a habit to stargaze. 

29. Read a book. 

30. Read poems. 

31. Sing loudly. 

32. Make a list of things you're grateful for. 

33. Drink a lot of water. 

34. Put on make-up for no reason.

35. Watch funny videos. 

36. Take a deep breath. 

37. Distance yourself from negativity. 

38. Unfollow people you don't care to follow on social media. 

39. Have a pajama day. 

40. Read an inspirational book. 

41. Call your parents/ loved ones. 

42. Donate old clothing. 

43. Dedicate a day out of the week to not eating meat. 

44. Do a fun craft or DIY project. 

45. Put on a face mask and relax. 

46. Do a small workout. 

47. Take a power nap. 

48. Listen to a podcast. 

49. Open a window. 

50. Open your curtains in the morning to let in natural light. 

51. Make your bed. 

52. Cook dinner instead of eating out. 

53. Play/ cuddle with an animal. 

54. At the end of the day, think of all the positive things that happened.

55. Moisturize. 

56. Buy a comforting blanket. 

57. Give someone a hug. 

58. Create a vision board. 

59. Have some alone time.

60. Enjoy the sun on your skin. 

61. Dance like nobody is watching.

62. Walk in the rain every once in a while. 

63. Drive with the windows down. 

64. Give someone a gift for no reason. 

65. Get a massage. 

66. Do something that gets your adrenaline running. 

67. Spend the day at the library or a book store. 

68. Organize your work space/ binders. 

69. Spend a weekend in. 

70. Recognize hard work and reward yourself. 

71. Sign up for a work out class. 

72. Eat lunch with a friend. 

73. Spend the day helping others. 

74. Get your hair done. 

75. Have a good cry. 

76. Use sticky notes. 

77. Color code your planner. 

78. Print out pictures and hang them up. 

79. Hang motivational quotes on your mirror and read them when you get ready. 

80. Do random acts of kindness. 

81. Buy fuzzy socks. 

82. Redecorate or rearrange furniture. 

83. Be present. 

84. Set a new years resolution. 

85. Make a bucket list. 

86. Stretch in the morning. 

87. Watch an interesting documentary. 

88. Make a music playlist.

89. Watch the sunrise or sunset. 

90. Explore somewhere new.

91. Be slow to respond to negativity. 

92. Have a game night with friends. 

93. Buy concert tickets. 

94. Have a nightly routine before bed. 

95. Eat your favorite dessert. 

96. Do something you've been putting off. 

97. Invest in essential oils. 

98. Manage your finances. 

99. Buy a new outfit. 

100. Make your own gratitude list. 

Try at least one of these every week and see how you feel! I guarantee you will notice a difference in the way you are living your life.

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Am I Going To Survive This Long Winter Break?

The feeling you get when you spend too much time with your family and you're ready to be back with your friends from school

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Yay! I am all finished with my final exams and projects for my classes this semester. I made it through the first semester of tis year when I was becoming worried and stressed. Now the grades are put in and I get a nice long break to relax, celebrate the holidays and spend time with family. However, I did not think that I would be craving to go back so soon after spending a few weeks with my family. I love them dearly, but since I am used to being away from them while at school to now having a whole month and a half off from school away from my friends, I know that there are going to be times when I get frustrated with my siblings or my even parents.

Thank goodness that I have a job this seasonal time or else I do not know what I would do. This will give me some time a couple of days out of the week to have some alone time and even meet new people at my job. It is not a bad thing to need this time away from family because it's normal, so if you are feeling guilty DON'T! Now that I have a part time job I will be making money to go and spend for myself or for Christmas presents for my family and friends. This is exciting because now when my mom, sister and I go shopping I can use the money I earned instead of feeling bad when I ask if my mom can purchase it.

The sad part about being out of school for so long is that I won't be able to see my friends because they live far away. For a whole semester of seeing them whether it was in class, going on our daily scheduled breakfast, lunch or dinner date, spending countless hours in the library, or just spending time together over the weekend. Now having a whole month and a half break of not seeing them is going to be so hard. When I need to call them because I am in need of someone to talk to besides my family I know they will answer and plus I will want to know how their break is going.

The most important thing for me to remember when I do get frustrated is that my family loves me very much and this is the time of year that brings us all together. When we pray for patience in stressful situations, God gives us the spirit and opportunity to be patient. In scripture in the book of Ecclesiastes chapter seven verse eight it states, " The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride". What God is telling us here in this scripture is that no matter how the frustration or argument may have started what matters is the end. God wants us to come together in love and forgive one another. Also He tells us that patience is better than pride because when we have patience for each other that is reflecting God's love.

This winter break may be long and I am thankful for it to use it as a time to relax and enjoy my family and I hop you do as well.

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