Students are notorious for neglecting their health in a multitude of ways, either due to time constraints, lack of money or simply the freedom that comes from living away from home for the first time. However this can deeply impact their studies and cause larger health problems that can grow out of control. Long term flu and viral infections, as well as mental fatigue have severe consequences. Therefore it’s wise to integrate a number of simple solutions on a daily basis to ensure it doesn’t get to this stage.
- Don’t overwork yourself. Some course loads are heavier than others, and of course it fluctuates according to the time of year as tests and essays tend to converge at the same time. However, you can make things much easier for yourself by taking the recommended number of papers, and by spreading out your work load to avoid severe exhaustion and stress.
- Get enough sleep. With so many parties and social events, as well as an often late-starting class schedule, it’s tempting to stay up late every night. However going to bed early is better for your rest than sleeping late, so make it a habit to try and get to bed at a respectable hour.
- Take multivitamins. It can be hard to remember to get enough iron and vitamin C purely through your diet, but it’s important to make sure you do to keep your energy levels up and guard you from sicknesses. Multivitamin tablets are reasonably inexpensive and will last you a long while, and are especially important if you’re susceptible to colds.
- Get plenty of exercise. Exercising is an essential part of staying healthy, both mentally and physically. Most tertiary institutions have low-cost gym options available, but you can also get a good amount of exercise just by walking or cycling to campus, or doing yoga or pilates on your own.
Staying healthy helps you get the most out of your study, and achieve better in examinations and assessments. For more specific help and information, talk to your education provider as they will be able to provide help and a firm diagnosis. Example institutions with healthcare in New Zealand are Otago Student Health, UC Health Centre, Auckland University Health and Counselling and Victoria Student Health Service.