As students, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy habits, habits that can cause you to feel tired, weak and simply demotivated. We tend to stay up late, finishing last minute assignments, binge drink (because that’s what most of us are really here for) a couple of nights a week and scarf down as much junk food as we can. Let’s face it, it is cheaper, easier and faster to gulp down a burger and some fries whilst constantly on the go, knowing fully that no good is being done to our health and well-being.
So here are just a few ways in which you can feel better about yourself this week, and maybe turn these into positive habits to conform to this semester:
- EAT YOUR BREAKFAST: Yes, you’ve heard and seen this one a number of times before so it must be true. Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day as it not only kickstarts your metabolism and gives you energy for the full day ahead, but if your breakfast is healthy and substantial (yoghurt, fruit and muesli; eggs or even a protein smoothie), it will prevent you from that mid-morning hunger trip to the Kaif for your usual packet of chips and chocolate.
- Fit some exercise into your schedule: Whether it means taking the stairs instead of the lift, doing some pre-bedtime yoga, or being courageous and signing a contract with the varsity gym. Exercise is a great way of getting more flow of oxygen to your brain, helping you increase concentration as well as making you feel happier and better about yourself mentally and physically as it promotes feel-good endorphins ultimately making you feel healthier than ever.
- Have some down/ ‘me’ time: Not only is this good for your health and mental well-being, it allows you to reflect and think about things that may fail to cross your mind whist you are constantly on the go. Taking a few hours for yourself by either going to a café for a coffee with your favourite book, or simply relaxing in your bedroom, listening to music, your stress levels are known to decrease and you will be able to be more mindful about what is happening around you.
- Socialise and interact with people: Even though the previous point states in order to try and be healthy, you need to take some more ‘down-time’, that does not mean isolating yourself from your friends and the rest of society. Positive interactions not only make you happier and more cheerful if it is with people you enjoy being around, it will also allow you to increase your people skills that you will definitely need one day when you enter the working world.
- Try and do a ‘Random Act of Kindness’ (RAK) at least once a day: Whether it be buying a coke and sandwich for the local homeless guy on your street corner, telling a stranger to have a good day, or simply volunteering one of your free afternoons to help out at your local SPCA, a RAK can easily help your mind become more healthy and it will definitely make other people or animals feel good too.
So not only is it important to be physically healthy, it is vital for yourself to be mentally healthy too. So give these five things a go and turn your unhealthy habits into something positive and good.