With the holidays, finals, and flu season fast approaching, we’re eating more, sleeping less, and getting sick. But you can take steps to keep you healthy:
Sometimes it’s hard to find time to work out, especially when you have to dedicate time to classes, studying, and extracurricular activities—you know, school. But if you write the gym into your schedule and keep yourself to a routine, you won’t regret it. Not only does exercise release endorphins, which lower stress and ward off anxiety, exercise boosts the immune system.
Like exercise, eating healthy can be a real chore, especially when a typical diet consists of pizza, chicken wings, and ridiculous amounts of pasta. While everything is okay in moderation, you should try not to overindulge on sodium, carbohydrates, and low-nutrient foods. Instead, try to sneak veggies onto your plate by putting them on sandwiches, or by grilling them, or by shoveling them down while pinching your nose. And oh yeah, cut down on portion sizes of bad foods, especially if your school’s dining hall is a buffet.
One of the best things about college is that there’s usually something going on at all hours both day and night. But don’t get too carried away. And don’t stay up too late studying. After all, if you don’t get enough sleep then you won’t be able to function effectively. Besides, nothing feels better than some quality beauty sleep.
Chug! Chug! Chug!
Water, of course. It’s simple: stay hydrated to fight off germs and to keep your system healthy.
Beware of caffeine.
And sugar. While both of these ingredients are often essential for pulling those inevitable all-nighters, and likewise for waking up in the morning, too much caffeine and sugar will make you crash in a way that’s worse for the wear. So to get the energy you need, eat foods that are high in protein (see: eat healthy) and get your rest (see: sleep).
Regularly wash your hands to avoid germs, wear sandals into your bathroom (especially if it’s a communal bathroom), and shower.