Living on your own, making your own choices and no one there to tell you what you can and can't do, seems like a lot of responsibility, but you'll get the hang of it, maybe, will we?
1. Make good choices in the dining hall.
The dining hall can be your best friend or your biggest enemy. The dining hall has a ton of options and different schools have better dining halls. Most dining halls typically have the standard breakfast with options such as cereal, eggs, pancakes or waffles, and some sort of bacon or hash brown choice.
For lunch and dinner it often varies, at ASU there is always a soup option or two, a salad bar which is always a good and easy option, typically pizza is always available, the sandwich station, and then a main feature entrée of the day, you can usually always get a piece of grilled chicken, a burger or chicken sandwich. Not to mention the neverending dessert options all day and night. Now that is what you have to be careful around. IT'S A TRAP! It's okay to have it every once and a while but maybe not every night.
2. Go to the gym.
Near or far try to go to the gym at least a couple times a week, not only does it keep you active and fit, it also gives you time to take a break from all the stress that college has to go along with it. Going to the gym will give you a chance to take a break and not think about all that you might have to do.
Make it "fun" and go with some friends and push each other to go often. Also, check to see if there are any classes that your school provides for example; yoga, cycle, or strength training, these are a good way to make yourself go to the gym and keep you from being confused and worried about what you are doing and if it is working.
3. Drink water.
This has to be one of the easiest things to do but for me has been one of the hardest things to stay on top of besides class work. Try to establish where you can get your water from whether that is filling up your water bottle every time you go to the dining hall or Starbucks or having jugs of water in your room. Have a plan cause this is the easiest thing you can do to stay healthy.
4. Wash your hands.
It is common sense really. Specifically, as a freshman in the dorms, you are surrounded by hundreds of students who can easily give you the slightest bug that is going around. By simply washing your hands you are taking the easiest precaution to stay healthy.
5. Get enough sleep.
Sleep is so important and not many people know that it is a key component to stay physically, mentally and emotionally healthy. We all know that college is just a big ball of stress that we have to push through, but sleep will help to take your mind off of it.
No matter how bad you think you have to pull an all-nighter, at least try to get some sleep to take a break. If you don't get sleep you will get sick easier. Also, naps in college will become your best friend, if you didn't get enough sleep during the night, try to set out time in your busy day for a nap even if it is just for 10 minutes.
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