Whether you are pursuing your first degree or going back to school for a master’s, school can be very challenging. You have to balance between keeping up with course materials, completing assignments on time, and your personal life. For professionals returning to school, the challenges are even more staggering since you also have to stay on top of work.
Maintaining good health and taking steps to improve your wellbeing are important if you want to be effective as a student. To help you get started with improving your lifestyle, here are the best health and wellness tips you can follow.
Create a Routine
If you are a student attending university, you already have a strict schedule of classes and other activities to follow. That strict schedule is actually a handy tool for making your days more organized. The goal is to develop a routine that you can follow, particularly a routine that improves your body’s ability to adapt.
Attending daytime classes means you need to start your days early. Try waking up at the same time for two weeks and you will adopt the schedule as a new routine; you’ll start waking up at the same time even when the alarm is off.
For online students, however, there is no schedule to follow. It is up to you to allocate time for studying and working on assignments. While the extra flexibility is good – since you can study at your own time – it also poses some additional challenges. Having a more flexible schedule doesn’t mean you can forgo a daily routine.
This may be the oldest wellness tip – and one that you have heard many times – but it is still a valuable tip to keep in mind as a student. Remember that you are spending most of the time sitting down in front of your computer or in class. You also have a lot of tasks to cope with as a student; tasks that require stamina.
Drinking enough water every day allows your body to remain hydrated and full of energy. When you have plenty of assignments to go through, your body can maintain your energy level better if you drink enough water.
Water also helps keep oxygen flowing. It helps prevent injuries caused by hours of sitting down. Of course, you still need to add short exercises to your daily routine. That brings us to our next tip.
Short Bursts of Light Exercise
You don’t have to go to the gym five times a day to stay healthy; you can, but you can get away with much less exercise than that. What you really need as a student is a set of short exercises spread across your day.
After sitting down for an hour to read new course materials for your Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) program, spend 10 minutes stretching and doing light exercise. After the short burst, you can return to your online DNP program course materials and feel immediately refreshed and more focused.
Taking a 30-minute walk in the morning or evening is also highly recommended. Walking isn’t just good for your body and helps improve your mind as well. If you are stuck with a problem, for instance, waking a short walk will give you the right amount of distraction to refresh your mind.
Watch Your Diet
The last thing you want to do as a student is stress-eating. Stress-eating leads to a cycle that isn’t always easy to break; you eat because you are stressed out about something, and then you gain weight, and you feel more stressed out because of that added weight, so you start stress-eating again.
In fact, you want to be meticulous with what you eat, particularly the size of your meals. Knowing the proper portion size allows you to match your intake with what your body needs. If you are about to pull an all-nighter, you can consume more protein as a source of energy. If you have a long day ahead of you, a bit of carbo-loading in the evening helps.
You don’t always have the ability to meet your daily dietary requirements, so consider adding a supplement – with vitamins and minerals – to your diet. You want to get enough vitamins A, B complex, and C, as well as minerals such as magnesium and zinc to keep the body running at its healthiest.
Other health and wellness tips are just as important to implement, but we are going to save them for another article. In the meantime, use the tips and tricks we discussed in this article to help you make the necessary changes you need to stay healthy as a student.