Life can be tough when you’re studying. You have to pack so much into each day, while at the same time finding out who you are as an adult. If you don’t take care of yourself first, things can go downhill, and there’s no time to catch up. Living a healthy, balanced lifestyle is key to getting the most out of your university years. So it makes sense to make living a balanced life a priority.
If you eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly, your academic performance will be better, and you’ll just be happier and less stressed. Find the form of exercise you enjoy most, and make it a regular feature on your weekly schedule.
But rest, too!
Most people need between seven and nine hours of sleep a night. Consistent sleep deprivation can have serious effects on your health and happiness. Make sure you have some down time in between all your activities, too. This will help prevent burnout and illness. If you can’t find any spare time in your schedule to rest and relax, think hard about which things you can cut – only make space in your life for those activities that are worthy of your energy and your time.
Control your time; don’t let it control you
You can reduce stress, and its negative effect on your health, by managing your time sensibly. Have a daily programme of activities that you stick to. This should include everything you do – like classes, study time, sport, relaxation, eating and socialising. Of course unexpected things come up from time to time, but the important thing is that you have a programme, and you stick to it as much as possible.
It’s important that you don’t isolate from others in your attempts to get as much done as you can. And the people you do spend time with should be good influences and have similar goals to you. Everyone needs a support system, a network of people who care about them. Stick with the winners and the positive people who can inspire you to reach your goals.