December 30, 2015

Collegiate Perspective: The Balance Between Mental and Physical Wellness

For most of us, college is the first time we have the opportunity to live on our own and make a lot of important decisions in our lives. In between studying, extra-curricula’s, part-time jobs, internships and our social lives, it can all become overwhelming. Never forget to take a moment out of your busy life to take care of yourself. Well-being encompasses more than just eating right and working out. Here are some of the most vital things to keep in mind when you’re over-worked and stressed out in college.

1. Time Management
Time management is a skill that most people learn the hard way; cramming last minute for exams, running late to meetings, not being able to do the fun things you want to do because you forgot about an assignment. But planning out school work due-dates, meeting times, job shifts and social events in advance can help make you more organized, which leaves much less to worry about when you’re busy.

2. Make Sure You’re Getting Enough Sleep
Often times taking a full course load means pulling the occasional all-nighter. But the truth is, if you manage your assignments and keep in mind the dates of your exams, you won’t have to stay up all night in misery. “Pulling all-nighters” is NOT GOOD for our bodies! We weren’t meant to stay up for that long! You will have a better attitude and your body will function at its best, with at least 6-8 hours of sleep every night.

3. Eat Healthy Food, at Regular Hours
Whether you live on campus and eat at the dining hall, or live off-campus and make food for yourself, eating healthy is definitely do-able, even when you’re stressed out. In addition to eating the right things, remember to eat them at the right time. If you don’t eat all day while you’re in classes, you will become irritable and over-eat in the evenings. Packing lunches for long days and meal-prepping is a great way to eat right on the go. And while Starbucks Refreshers are the best, don’t forget to drink enough water throughout the day too!

The most important tip to being well when you’re busy is to take time for the things you love to do! Doing what makes you happy is the best way to de-stress and enjoy life. Some aspects of college can be challenging at times, but it wouldn’t be called “the best years of our lives” if we didn’t make time for our hobbies, interests and friends.

Caroline Whitlock is a collegiate member at George Mason (Eta Lambda). Learn more about Caroline by clicking here.

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