Now that you've made it to the top of the food chain in high school, it's time to prepare for the next big step: college. Whether you've been accepted into your dream school or have just sent out your first application, now is also an important time to think about your health.
Surviving College: Health Tips
Sometimes your diet just doesn’t cut it so don’t stray from supplements and multivitamins.
Put A Limit On Your Drinking
Yes, you’re in college which means you’re just about ready for the night life and all the parties, but here’s a tip: relax on the binge drinking. You’ll avoid the calories and a terrible hangover in the morning.
Ease Up On The Junk Food
If you know you're a person who likes to snack, don’t stock your dorm with junk! Substitute those chips for some nuts, fruits, or veggies.
Ride Your Bike / Take a Walk
If you live on campus or a reasonable distance away from your school, take a short walk or ride that bike that you bought two summers ago and said you were going to use more often.
Take Advantage Of Your College Facilities
Almost every college and university campus has some sort of recreational facility whether it be a gym, a court of some sort, and/or a pool. USE THEM AS MUCH AS YOU CAN!
Exercise: Find A Buddy
Trust us: there are people at your school that want to stay healthy just like you! Don’t be afraid to make some gym friends and workout buddies and keep a workout log.
Never Work / Study In Bed
Yes it is convenient and quite frankly, it’s comfortable, but it’s not a real good decision. Learn how to separate your work space from your rest space.
Sleep: Keep A Schedule
Set a certain time to go to sleep every night and a certain time to wake up every morning. Sticking to similar sleep patterns throughout your time in college can greatly lessen your chances of being sleep deprived.
You might get the grade but your health will suffer. Lack of sleep can actually impair your learning abilities.
To prevent the risk of a sexually transmitted disease, play it safe and use a condom, unless your partner AND yourself have been tested negative for an STD.
Get Regular Checkups
Both males and females should get checked regularly. Many campus health center offer sexual & reproductive health services including contraception and screenings.
Don't Do Anything You're Not Comfortable With
With instances of rape and sexual assault occurring college, be true to yourself and say no if you are in an uncomfortable situation. If something happens that you are not comfortable with, let a responsible adult or trusted friend as soon as possible.
Give Yourself Breaks
Reduce your stress while studying and give your brain time to rest.
Be Realistic With Goals
Setting unreasonable goals will only make it harder on you, especially during midterms and finals. Understand that some things just cannot be done in a day, and come up with a study plan in advance that's manageable.
Know The Signs of Depression & How To Ask For Help
Learning the difference between a bad day and depression can help a great bit. Once you can decipher which is which, then you can seek the help you need.