It can be tough staying healthy as a student right? When you have assignments due, exams, projects, group work, all nighters and so many things grabbing your time and attention it can be hard trying to be conscious of what you eat or get some workout in. Here are a few tips you can employ to help you out:
Workout anywhere: You probably do not have time to dedicate to going to the gym, spending an hour and driving back to class right? You can workout outside of the gym, anywhere really. Find what works for you, get creative. You can dance, run, swim, do some jump rope or workouts that do not require equipment.
Eat consciously: When stressed out especially during exams, you tend to eat emotionally, before grabbing that food to eat, ask yourself what could be causing you to crave it. Are you stressed, tired, frustrated? There may be other ways to deal with it, like taking a nap, going for a quick walk, talking to a friend. Try something else before grabbing food
Sleep: This is important, without sleep, you get stressed out causing your body to release cortisol hormone which makes you want to just keep eating. As students, you tend to pull all nighters cause of projects or various things that are due. But sleep is just as important, without sleep, your brain isn’t as alert as it should be and your metabolism slows down which then leads to weight gaining underperformance.
Pack snacks: Having snacks like fruits, almonds etc handy is a great idea especially when you do not have time to sit down for 3 meals a day. You can break your meals up into smaller more frequent meals throughout the day. Pack snacks you can pull out and eat while in class or on the go. This also prevents you from stopping at fast food restaurants and making poor choices
Stay active: Walk around more, take the stairs rather than elevator, park further away from class, find little ways you can increase your activity level throughout the day
Plan your day: Make a plan and try to stick to it. If your prioritize your day, you can find some time to squeeze in some minor meal planning and some workouts throughout the day but if you do not plan for it, the chances of them happening are next to none. By having a plan, you are also less stressed throughout the day and can perform better on exams and assignments.
Water: Drink water and stay hydrated throughout the day. Sometimes cravings are due to being thirsty. Water can also help boost your concentration
Nutrition: Avoid, sugary things and processed foods, try to get in natural things, high protein meals and fiber to feel fuller longer. Include fruits and vegetables in your daily meal planning
Ask for help: Always ask for help from others when you cannot do things alone, sometimes just talking to someone else can be of tremendous help
Pray: Most importantly, commit your ways to God, he created you and knows you inside out, talk with him daily and let him plan your day and guide you.
Health: Pay attention to warning signs of illness, if you feel tired or overwhelmed, do not ignore the signs, sometimes paying attention and working on treating yourself fast can prevent more problems or complications down the road.