Schools Training

Guide to Staying Healthy for Students

1 JAN 2014

As a student, your schedule is most likely jam packed with activities to do. From trying to balance classes, assignments and work, it’s easy to push your health to the bottom of your priority list. However your health shouldn’t be taken for granted, especially once the winter hits and makes you more susceptible to colds through spending an increased amount of time indoors. So before you give up, here’s a list of preventative measures that any student can do to ensure that they have the best health possible throughout most of the school year.

Eat Well

Eating healthy on campus can sometimes feel like mission impossible. However what do you do when you want to eat healthy, but there’s nothing available and if there is, you can’t afford the prices that it costs to buy fresh, locally produced food? Plan your meals ahead of time. If you know that you’re going to be at class all day then bring fruit or sliced vegetables with you. And if you know in advance that you’ll be missing lunch or dinner at home, then pack a meal. Even if it’s just a simple sandwich it’ll be much healthier than eating fast-food. And if worst comes to worst and you don’t have time to prepare a meal in beforehand, most dining halls have salad choices or healthy vegetarian options. For more meal ideas, there are a broad range of educational articles available online with recipe options.

Keep Your Hands Clean

Washing your hands regularly helps prevent the cold and flu that goes around during the cold season. Since most colds are passed on when direct contact is made with an infected person and then touch your eyes or nose, a measure of precaution is to frequently wash your hands with soap.  If you are unable to wash your hands then make it a habit to carry travel-sized bottles of hand sanitizer with you at all times. Be sure to check education news articles for more information on proper hand washing techniques.

Get Regular Physical Activity

Regular physical activity is a must for everyone. From deciding to take the stairs to getting off the bus one stop earlier, making the time for exercise should be a top priority for everyone.  Regular physical activity improves your chance of living longer by preventing diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease, just to name a few. However, any amount of daily exercise that can be done per day will make a difference and is better than none at all.

Combat Stress

The reality of busy lives is that we all face stress. And since stress is something that is not going to go away, how we manage our stress is the deciding factor that will improve our lives. They key is to learn healthy coping methods. Some of these coping strategies include learning how to say no, better time management and setting aside time to relax. Though for more strategies be sure to check out your college directory for yoga, meditation or other classes that will encourage relaxation and a healthy lifestyle.

Lastly, making the effort to integrate any of these beneficial strategies into your life will improve your long term health and will make you feel better in the long run.