By: Sara Noll
With the weather turning colder and this semester about 2/3 over, it’s important to stay healthy and finish strong! We all know there is nothing worse than being sick over the holidays or while you are trying to wrap up the semester. So, here are five tips to help you stay healthy as we are nearing the end of the year.
We all think we can survive on five or six hours of sleep. Not true. College students should be getting at least seven to nine hours of sleep every night, which seems like a lot more than what most students get. Compared to the American population as a whole, college students receive the least amount of sleep. Lack of sleep leads to grumpy college students which makes it very difficult to focus and be successful in class. Not only does it lead to poor grades, it also causes students to be more likely to get sick. When we are tired, our immune system is not working as well as it can. Sleeping is very important when it comes to helping stay awake during class and having the ability to concentrate on what is being taught. The easiest way to stay healthy is to get an adequate amount of sleep each night. The quickest way to recover if you are feeling run down is to try and get an extra couple hours of sleep each night to get back on the right track.
- PERSONAL HYGIENE
There are germs EVERYWHERE on campus. There are many people who help clean our learning areas and bathrooms, however sometimes it is not enough. There are many places that are our responsibility to clean. We can help out in many ways to keep our campus clean. Our hands are the first way to fight germs. Wash your hands often with plenty of soap and carry your own hand sanitizer for times when it is not easy to wash. Use disinfectant wipes to clean your phone, your light switch in your room, and your door handles. Touching your face and mouth happens often and is a very easy way to spread germs. Try to avoid putting your hands on your face. Mostly, WASH YOUR HANDS every chance you get. It will definitely keep you healthier.
- DRINK/EAT HEALTHY
Carry a water bottle and drink plenty of water all through the day (remember to wash your water bottle with hot soapy water as well). According to Healthline, health authorities commonly recommend drinking at least 2 liters or half a gallon of water a day. Hydration is key to building a strong immune system. Also, be sure to make healthy food choices that include fresh fruits and vegetables. Taking a daily vitamin is another way to help boost your immune system.
- CONTROL STRESS
School is stressful. From sitting in class to doing homework to studying and taking tests, school can be very overwhelming. It is important to make time in our schedule to relax and wind down. After constantly being stressed out or overwhelmed, it can really wear you out and weigh you down which really hurts our overall health. Of course, NOT going to class, doing homework, studying and taking tests can also lead to stress. Make sure to find a balance of school and fun.
If you haven’t taken a walk all the way around campus or gone to the Fitness Center, you should. Regular exercise helps relieve your stress and helps you sleep better too. You do not have to have a formal plan or a work-out to get exercise, just go outside and do something you like. Take a friend and talk while you exercise. You can even use this time to review for a test, memorize something, or practice a presentation for your next class.
If you follow these tips, you will have a higher likelihood of succeeding in your classes, finishing the semester strong, and heading into the holidays healthy!