More than an apple a day – Maintaining your health on campus


Maintaining and prioritising one’s health should always be a priority, but there are some circumstances where an individual can find themselves overwhelmed with the responsibilities of their life all around them. University or college happens to be one of those times. The course load of the average university student spans over four courses every semester, and with each of those courses comes lectures, tutorials, study time, revision, research, and readings.

Amid the chaos of being a university or college student, you need to be able to find a balance that leaves you feeling better equipped to deal with the constant waves of information. Whether you need to get a suitable mattress to ensure you can get a comfortable night’s sleep, or you need to ask for professional assistance in the form of a campus psychologist, it is important that you understand where you stand with your health, so that you are able to strengthen it and ultimately perform at your peak – on all levels.

Your physical health

Something that students often sacrifice in the name of committing themselves to their studies is their sleeping pattern. While it may not seem like a big deal, your sleeping pattern actually has a far greater impact on you than you may realise. The body needs sleep (and a comfortable sleep, at that) to perform at its best, and anything less is doing your physical health a disservice.

Additionally, irregular sleeping patterns can have a negative impact on the body. For example, if you stay up until the early hours of the morning and sleep in until midday, only eating in the afternoons and late at night, your metabolism will be affected and you could potentially gain weight.

Another thing to keep in mind is that you must fuel your body correctly – especially if you are out of sync with your usual habits. Without fuelling the body properly, you will lack the energy to perform well in all aspects of your life – school included.

Your mental health

Mental health is a massive concern among higher education schools around the world. The average workload of a university or college student is borderline insane, and so inevitably mental health becomes a primary concern. In short, when we are stressed or in a chaotic head space, it is difficult to register normality and, as a result, some students experience a lack of mental stability that keeps them aligned with their usual mindset.

This is dangerous for obvious reasons, but most importantly it is crucial that you understand that even if your school does not openly advertise them, there (should) always be avenues to reach out to for mental help. Speak to your friends, your family, and your school to get an understanding of what those assistance channels are, even if you are not yet experiencing mental health problems. There is nothing wrong with knowing where to go for help before you need it; it is better to be over prepared than underprepared.

Your emotional health

Emotional health is somewhat like mental health, but the aspects and such are quite different. When you begin university or college, you either spend far more of your time on campus than at home, or moving away from home entirely to pursue your academic career. Go out and do things you enjoy to heighten that emotional stability balance.

Moving away from your usual support systems can be a shock to the system, and it is these support systems who are usually the ones that help you with you emotional balance the most. Make friends at school because it is these people who will become your new support network. There is also nothing wrong with calling home as often as you want to, or even visiting – your family will be happy to hear from you and happy to know you are safe.

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