Most of us have been to university and have studied, partied, enjoyed and struggled through four of the best years in our lives. However, many of us spent more time struggling to cope with the new experiences and responsibilities than doing any of the other mentioned activities.
I remember my uni days with a pleasant smile on my face, but I still remember partying on Saturday night until 4 am and then struggling to wake up the next morning to meet up at the library to finish up a project due Monday morning. It was only in my fourth year in university that I had managed to balance out my life and activates where I was able to maximize my university experience.
Here are a few of the tips I wished I had been told on dealing with college life before starting:
Tips On Diet And Nutrition At University:
Being away from home for the first time in life without being able to cook can be one of the biggest problems faced by almost all university students. And while eating out is an option, it’s not possible to do so every day for most students because of the massive expense it would be. Consequently, many students deal with this by eating instant noodles and microwave meals instead of cooking themselves.
What most students don’t realize is that this is not only unhealthy, it can also negatively affect your wellbeing. Having poor nutrition can severely affect mood, mental health, physical health, stamina, focus, and motivation.
To avoid poor food and diet choices during university, you can consider the following tips:
- Switch up your meals to introduce variety and nutrition.
- Don’t skip your meals.
- Keep track of your food habits to avoid overeating.
- Eat healthy snacks and avoid junky snacks like crisps.
- Always start your day with a healthy breakfast.
- Don’t stress-eat or binge-eat.
- Control your alcohol consumption.
- Eat different fruits and vegetables every day to get a range of nutrients.
- Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.
- Avoid eating junk food.
Tips On Exercise And Fitness At University:
University or college can be a real drain on your time because not only do you have to go to class, you also have to study, complete assignments, work a part-time job, as well as enjoy life. So, what this ends up costing most students is their exercise time and fitness. Because let’s face it, if you are sleeping at 2 am every night, it’s going to be very very difficult to wake up at 5:30 am to go to the gym.
The reason exercising and fitness are important to your wellbeing at university is that staying fit promotes your health as well as your mental focus, concentration and motivation. Exercising also helps make you stronger, keeps up slim and lean, improves your stamina, endurance, energy levels and willpower. There has never been a downside to working out and exercising which makes it so important to continue.
To avoid getting fat and becoming unhealthy at university, take a look at some of these tips:
- Stay safe and injury free with stretching and safety equipment.
- Relax and enjoy your fitness and the results you are going to get.
- Vary your exercises for fun.
- Walk to your classes for an easy workout.
- Join a university sports club to get active.
- Join a fitness class and learn something new like aerobics or Zumba.
- Find time in your schedule to go to the gym.
- Have fun with friends with volleyball or Frisbee at the beach.
- Commute with a bicycle to incorporate fitness into your routine.
- Convince a friend to workout with you for motivation and companionship.
Tips On Sleep And Rest At University:
I can say from personal experience that sleep and rest is a rare commodity when you are at university, especially if you are naturally social and can’t say no to having a good time. Whether it’s staying up late to finish up a term paper, or celebrating someone’s 21st birthday, getting a good night’s sleep can be a challenge.
Many people disregard the importance of getting sufficient sleep and rest, but the fact remains that your body needs those 5-8 hours to rest and recover for the coming day. Getting a decent amount of rest can revitalize your body and mind to work at its best without having to rely on energy drinks to stay awake through the ECON 1 lecture. Getting sufficient rest also allows for an improved mood, energy, motivation and physical performance. Your body requires its rest, and you need to give it its due to avoid problems down the road.
To avoid suffering from a lack of sleep and rest during university, here are a few tips to consider:
- Don’t do all-nighters as they are not known to help during tests.
- Separate your workspace from your sleep space.
- Keep your room quiet and dark to help fall asleep more easily.
- Talk to your roommates about sleep times to avoid disturbances.
- Stick to your sleep schedule to get the best sleep possible.
- Take a short nap whenever you can.
- Avoid drinking coffee or energy drinks before bed for better REM sleep quality.
- Find how if your sleep pattern is having a negative impact on your life.
- Make a bedtime routine to help prepare your mind to fall asleep.
- Try your best to get a full nights rest when possible.
Tips On Sexual Health And Safety At University:
University is a new chapter in everyone’s life, and it brings with it the freedom to explore one’s sexuality. Most adults become sexually active after attending university or college. Fortunately, we don’t live in the sixties and seventies where STDs and protection were less known and understood.
In today’s modern world, students are taught to use protection during sex to keep themselves and their partners safe from unwanted diseases or pregnancies. However, it’s always best to stay safe regarding sexual health at university with regular tests.
To avoid sexual health problems during university, listed below are a few tips to remember:
- Always use protection during sex.
- Get frequently tested to protect your sexual health.
- Talk to someone if you have questions about your sexuality.
- Be firm and say no to peer pressure.
- Get vaccinated against viruses.
- It’s better to talk with your partner if you have any concerns.
- You can stop if you are feeling uncomfortable or don’t want to continue.
- Don’t do something you are uncomfortable with.
- Stay informed with sexual education classes.
- Regular exams are a must to make sure everything is in good condition.
While university can be stressful and daunting at the beginning, you need to remember that everyone else is also feeling the same way. So, the best thing to do is put your best foot forward and embark on your new adventure at the university. And don’t forget these wellness tips to maximize your experience at there.