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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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Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

Assuming positive intent is an important contributor to quality of life.

Most people appreciate the dividends such a mindset produces in the realm of relationships. How can relationships flourish when you don’t assume intentions that may or may not be there? And how their partner can become an easier person to be around as a result of such a shift? Less appreciated in the GTD world, however, is the productivity aspect of this “assume positive intent” perspective.

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Most of us are guilty of letting our minds get distracted, our energy sapped, or our harmony compromised by thinking about what others woulda, coulda, shoulda.  How we got wronged by someone else.  How a friend could have been more respectful.  How a family member could have been less selfish.

However, once we evolve to understanding the folly of this mindset, we feel freer and we become more productive professionally due to the minimization of unhelpful, distracting thoughts.

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The leap happens when we realize two things:

  1. The self serving benefit from giving others the benefit of the doubt.
  2. The logic inherent in the assumption that others either have many things going on in their lives paving the way for misunderstandings.

Needless to say, this mindset does not mean that we ought to not confront people that are creating havoc in our world.  There are times when we need to call someone out for inflicting harm in our personal lives or the lives of others.

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Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of Pepsi, says it best in an interview with Fortune magazine:

My father was an absolutely wonderful human being. From ecent emailhim I learned to always assume positive intent. Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent. You will be amazed at how your whole approach to a person or problem becomes very different. When you assume negative intent, you’re angry. If you take away that anger and assume positive intent, you will be amazed. Your emotional quotient goes up because you are no longer almost random in your response. You don’t get defensive. You don’t scream. You are trying to understand and listen because at your basic core you are saying, ‘Maybe they are saying something to me that I’m not hearing.’ So ‘assume positive intent’ has been a huge piece of advice for me.

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In business, sometimes in the heat of the moment, people say things. You can either misconstrue what they’re saying and assume they are trying to put you down, or you can say, ‘Wait a minute. Let me really get behind what they are saying to understand whether they’re reacting because they’re hurt, upset, confused, or they don’t understand what it is I’ve asked them to do.’ If you react from a negative perspective – because you didn’t like the way they reacted – then it just becomes two negatives fighting each other. But when you assume positive intent, I think often what happens is the other person says, ‘Hey, wait a minute, maybe I’m wrong in reacting the way I do because this person is really making an effort.

“Assume positive intent” is definitely a top quality of life’s best practice among the people I have met so far. The reasons are obvious. It will make you feel better, your relationships will thrive and it’s an approach more greatly aligned with reality.  But less understood is how such a shift in mindset brings your professional game to a different level.

Not only does such a shift make you more likable to your colleagues, but it also unleashes your talents further through a more focused, less distracted mind.

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