Written By Lewis Robinson / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
Going to school fulltime can make you vulnerable to getting sick a lot. Also, the stress involved with serious academic work could have more long-term effects on your health. To do your best possible work in school while also balancing other demands in your life, you must make wellness a priority.
Recognizing some of the biggest potential health hazards associated with being a student and taking meaningful steps to address them proactively are important. The things you do to stay healthy can make a huge difference on your overall experience of student life.
1. Don’t Let Stress Get the Best of You
It’s understandable that you may feel some stress when you’re trying to juggle a lot of responsibilities or your coursework is particularly challenging. Nonetheless, feeling continuously stressed out for an entire semester is invariably going to have negative ramifications for your health.
It can exacerbate any underlying healthy conditions which you may have and raise your vulnerability to developing a new health condition. Also, stress can interfere with your ability to get adequate rest and make you more likely to get sick.
Try to be mindful about the ways that stress can take a toll on your health. Work on identifying ways that you can prevent stress before it gets serious as well as strategies for coping with stress once you’ve already experienced a notable increase in your anxiety levels.
You might consider trying to be more physically active, developing good time management strategies, and talking to a counselor about how stress is affecting you.
2. Don’t Burn the Candle at Both Ends All of the Time
Students must contend with significant demands on their time, particularly when they have a busy work schedule on top of a busy class schedule. It may be possible to create a schedule that’s a little more doable by getting student loans which can help with the costs of going to school aside from just tuition such as living expenses, books, and supplies.
You might also consider modifying your work schedule when you know things are going to be busy for you at school. When you need to put a lot of time into studying for finals or you have a big thesis coming due, for example, it may be prudent to talk to your boss about changing your schedule.
Keeping the reins on your schedule can help you avoid getting too stressed out or not getting enough rest.
3. Be Attentive to Your Sleep Cycle
Without the vital rest that your body needs to stay healthy, you’re going to be at a high risk for getting sick. You may also even have a higher risk of injury because your muscles and other soft tissues won’t be able to repair themselves as well as they would if you were getting enough rest.
Even if you have loads of studying to do, it’s essential that you give yourself enough time in bed every night. You can’t really catch up on sleep the next night when you haven’t hit the recommended amount of sleep on the previous night, so cultivating a good sleep cycle is something that you really need to make an effort to be consistent about.
4. Stay Current on All Recommended Immunizations
When you’re in a student population, you can be a lot more susceptible to catching the flu and other viruses. Practicing good hygiene and being conscientious about germs isn’t enough to keep you safe.
You absolutely need to get every type of vaccine that the CDC recommends for people so that you won’t unnecessarily increase your risk of getting or spreading infections in a student population.
Putting your health first is fundamental to your overall well-being. No matter how busy life gets for you as a student, taking steps to be healthy must be your top priority. You won’t be able to succeed academically if you’re not feeling well, and you won’t be able to have any fun at school either.
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Lewis Robinson is a freelance writer and expert in health and fitness. When he isn’t writing he can usually be found reading a good book or hitting the gym.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.