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4 Things Every College Student Needs To Pay Attention To For A Healthy And Positive College Life

4 Things Every College Student Needs To Pay Attention To For A Healthy And Positive College Life

How often do you hear individuals reminisce about their college life as being the “best days of their lives”? This nostalgia probably comes from the memories of lots of lounging around and partying. What I bet that you don’t see them bethinking about is the pressure and stress that they also endured throughout this period in their lives.

The fact is that 65% of students are said to have experienced stress due exams and other pressures during their studies (Nightline Association, 2013). Maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle is essential in both preventing a burn out and ensuring that stress levels are kept to a minimum level. Keeping up with the course work, part time employment, meeting challenging deadlines, and sitting exams are some factors that contribute to mental exertion. The college life is very precious and short lived, which is why it makes sense to be proactive in maximizing the experience. Keeping healthy is the easiest way to do this and it needs to be neither difficult nor time consuming. We have put together some tips below on how you can try to keep healthy throughout your studies:

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1. Have A Healthy Diet

It may seem cheaper, faster and easier to eat fast food or snacks from a vending machine. These short term time gains will have more impact on your productivity than you realize when you factor in the cumulative cost of a poor diet. Maintaining a nutritious diet is the foundation to a healthy lifestyle. A simple way to start to improve your diet is to make sure that you drink plenty of water and opt for fruit as a snack. Variation is important too, so try to eat a wide range of fruits, vegetables and protein sources. This will ensure that you are getting as much nutrition as possible. It might even surprise you how fast a healthy meal can be prepared once you give it a go. Enjoying fast food in moderation is perfectly fine, and you can even use it as a way to reward yourself for hard work. A good practice would be to keep fast food and snacking for the weekend. If you have the will power, try even just once a month.

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2.Take Care Of Your Eye Health

Tiredness, fatigue and eye strain are major issues experienced by anyone who spends long periods of time reading textbooks or looking at a computer screen and most students will do one or both of these activities regularly throughout their studies. Your eye health is very important and should you experience any issues with your sight it is vital that you have your eyes checked by an optometrist as soon as possible. Headaches can sometimes be caused by eye strain and glasses or contact lenses are prescribed for this. This is not always an ideal solution for everyone because glasses and contact lenses can be inconvenient and therefore add to the stress of student life. Laser eye surgery is another option to consider because it would eliminate this extra source of stress by making everyday tasks much more convenient. This would be a long term decision too because the benefits extend beyond just the student experience.

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3. Get Enough Sleep

While students are famous for their late nights, sleep is an integral part of keeping a healthy lifestyle. If you feel yourself getting tired while studying during the day, try not to turn to caffeine. A short nap can be much more beneficial. Just don’t forget to set your alarm! Try to keep your gadgets away to avoid all-nighters because this will negatively affect your overall productivity. You might make a deadline by staying up all night but how good will the end product be? Try and get a full night’s sleep whenever possible. You will feel more refreshed for it and be able to cope with your demanding workload more successfully. This will help you to achieve better results.

4. Keep A Positive Outlook

It is always easier said than done but maintaining a positive outlook and high spirits pays dividends when it comes to exam time. Being in the right frame of mind really does enhance your chances of success because you are better equipped to deal with whatever comes your way. Getting into this mindset can be tricky and at times it may seem like everything is going to be too much. A reliable way to overcome this, and to keep positive, is to think about the reward you will achieve at the end of it all. You are not going through the stress and pressure for nothing, there is a prize at the end. Keep your eye on it. If something does go wrong, for example a mark for an essay is lower than you were expecting, turn the situation into a positive one. Be reassured that you will learn from the mistake and use this to give yourself a boost for the next project. You can’t be perfect at everything, but with enough practice you can get close.

Featured photo credit: study abroadlife via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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