Wellness Advice for College Students

Wellness Advice for College Students
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    You need to take good care of yourself! That statement may be obvious to most people, but it has a certain urgency for college students.

    After all, if you miss too many classes because of health problems you may find it difficult to keep pace for the semester.

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Winter has its own health challenges as bugs and close quarters increase the chances you will get sick. Here’s what you can do to promote wellness throughout the year.

Get enough sleep. You tend to burn the midnight oil, right? And maybe you get up at 6 a.m. the next day to take a shower, grab breakfast and head out to an early class. Do this often enough and you’ll wear yourself down. Try to get at least seven hours sleep at night. If you find yourself running out of energy, a short nap can give you the boost that you need. Avoid long naps as these can make you feel groggy.

Eat balanced meals. Pizza and beer are two of the staples of many college students. Too much of both can cause you to add weight. Endeavor to eat more balanced meals, including fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy products. The occasional pizza is fine, learn portion control and when to hold back on fatty foods. Take a nutrition seminar if your college offers one.

Handle the munchies. You may find that you’re hungry between meals. Instead of heading to the cafeteria for cake and ice cream, to turn your private stash of snacks to much on. Fill this stash with fresh and dried fruit, cut vegetables, granola bars, Cheerios, and other light but filling fare. You’ll handle the hunger pains without incurring a sugar rush and the resultant crash.

Drink plenty of fluids. One or two coffees won’t hurt you, but use cream and sugar in moderation. Drink soda pop sparingly. Your best bet for refreshment is water — if plain water has little appeal for you, add in lemon. Stay hydrated all day especially on hot days where frequent replenishment is a must.

Get some help. If your dietary habits begin to intrude on the way you live, seek out assistance from your college’s health services department. Dietary changes can affect your mood, your sleep and your waking hours. You may need to be checked for other health problems too. Don’t delay — get help today.

Maintain your dental health. You may be miles away from the family dentist, so schedule your visits during your breaks and returns back home. If you cannot maintain your same dentist, your college may have a dental clinic that will perform quality work at a low cost. Your teeth are too important to neglect, so stay on top of your dental health.

Stay physically fit. You’re hitting the prime of your adult life and your bodily fitness should be preserved while attending college. Walk to class. Bike around campus. Join a gym. Participate in intramural sports, Work out with a friend. Do what it takes to exercise consistently throughout out the week, at least four to five times per week.

Handle your stress. Your college schedule may balance classes, study, research, work, club activities and other responsibilities and tasks. It may be a heavy load with little down time to enjoy. You’re stressed and there are times you feel that you will “lose it.” If you are struggling, ask for help. A roommate or friend may be able to help. If the stress remains high, make an appointment with the college counseling department to learn how to cope.

To Your Wellness

Wellness is not just a goal, it is a state of being. Be in tune with your body and understand that its warning signs are there to help you.

See Also10 Survival Tips for College Students

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