[Laura Slingo – News Editor]
Mum is no longer here to look over your shoulder or to pester you to finish your plate and eat your veggies. While you’re away at university, it is of the utmost importance that you take full responsibility for yourself in mind, body and soul. You don’t have to adopt a hippy outlook on life, but you do need to pay attention to your mental and physical health. Here’s some exclusive advice on how to stay on top of your health and wellbeing while at university.
Apparently, a typical student survives off pasta and the reduced section at Asda. Well that’s not quite true. While you may have some pizzas in your freezer as a backup, make sure that you are consuming a balanced diet or you could experience several productivity slumps throughout the day.
Similarly, keep the water flowing. If you’re not hydrated enough you may experience tiredness and headaches, which are not the optimal conditions for a hardworking student.
Some of you may have never participated in sport, except when you were made to in P.E. class all those years ago. Whether you have a gym membership, belong to a sports team, or simply walk to and from your lectures, be sure to get your body moving on a daily basis.
While it is not uncommon for students to have the odd night out, you need to make sure that you are getting your full forty winks or you’ll burn yourself out. Remember, it’s okay to say you need to catch up on some shuteye and forgo a night out every now and then.
Organise every aspect of your life at university. That could be your workload, your bedtimes, your part-time job, your room, even your kitchen cupboards! By knowing where you stand with yourself and the responsibilities and deadlines that surround you, there’s a much stronger chance of remaining calm and collected; the best conditions for succeeding with your degree.
Know your limits
Don’t take on too much. While university is exciting with plenty of opportunities, don’t burn the candle at both ends. Remember that your university work is a priority and you may have to let other commitments go if need be.
Be aware of your resources
If you are struggling with any aspect of your general wellbeing, you must speak up. The University of Hertfordshire has plenty of resources from counsellors, to wellness workshops, to self-help advice. If you’re ever in need of assistance do not hesitate to contact your personal tutor or check out the UH Student Wellbeing site for more information.