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Staying Healthy in College

With all the hustle and bustle that is college, it can be easy to forget to take care of yourself. Staying healthy both physically and mentally in college is extremely important. This is the time in your life to form habits and make the transition into the adult world.

Mentally & Emotionally

College age students are most at risk for developing mental illness. This includes depression, which happens all the time to college students leaving home for the first time. There is a difference from feeling homesick and being depressed or worse. At this young adult age your mind is almost fully developed it is important to take care of your mental and emotional health.

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Here are some ways to keep your mental health in check

Talk to a therapist

Holding in your emotions can result in an explosion outward, possibly aimed at someone else. If you are feeling down, confused, or just need to get something off of your chest, go talk to the school therapist.

Relax and meditate

College can be stressful with all the pressure. Take some time out of your day to relax. Read a book for pleasure, go for a run, meditate or take a yoga class. Whatever works for you to blow off some steam.

Surround yourself with the right people

Having friends who know your worth is important. Spend your time with the right group of friends who support and encourage you.

Celebrate small victories

Praise yourself! You are awesome and you deserve to celebrate passing that test.

Keep a journal

Writing down your feelings is a great way to process things and figure out how to deal with them. It can also help you release some frustration if you don’t feel like talking to someone.

Avoid alcohol and drugs

This is tough in college but it is possible. Using drugs and alcohol can make any issues worse.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

If you are really worried about your mental health, always get help. Reach out to your parents, go to the doctor, and do what you need to do to take care of yourself. A mind is not something to waste.

Physically

Not only do you have to worry about the freshman 15, but you also need to worry about getting sick. College is a time where life can get hectic. You are attending classes and staying up all night to study. You are attending social events. Sometimes you hardly get any sleep which can result in illness.

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Here are some tips on how to keep your body strong

Drink plenty of water

Drink plenty of water every day. This will keep you hydrated which it important for staying healthy. Water flushes out bad toxins, keeps your immune system happy, and even boosts your metabolism.

Exercise regularly

Get to the gym a few times a week and break a sweat. You can join a class or just do your own thing. If the gym isn’t really your style, you can got for a run, hike, or ride your bike around campus.

Keep up with a healthy diet

Make healthy choices in the cafeteria. Don’t over eat. It is okay to indulge every once and a while but pizza and ice cream is not okay to eat on a daily basis.

Get plenty of sleep

Getting enough sleep at night will help you stay healthy. Your body needs rest, especially in college. If you find yourself not getting enough sleep at night (6-8 hours) try to squeeze in an occasional nap during the day.

Take breaks

You do not have to go out partying every single night. Make sure to take a few breaks once in a while to reset your internal clock. Hvae a movie night in with your friends.

Go to the doctor

Always stay up to date on your check-ups and get your yearly physical. If you  are ever worried that something is wrong, go to the doctor. Trying to fix the problem on your own, or ignoring it, could make things worse.

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Callie Pederson

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Degree in Communication and Creative Writing. Outdoor enthusiast, animal lover, blogger.

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