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Health tips for students during exams!

Keeping yourself fit and healthy during your years as a student: We understand here at Integrated Wellbeing that we all have busy lives and can’t always spend hours preparing healthy meals, going for runs and relaxing when we’re feeling a bit sluggish. We know that students, trying to fit in study, work, a social life and all the other pressures of life it can be even harder than normal to maintain a healthy lifestyle so we thought we might give you some tips and the semester is intensifying!!! 1. Drink water! This is one of the simplest yet effective tips to improve health, water helps boost concentration and it will also help avoid overeating. You’ll feel refreshed and won’t suffer from headaches anywhere near as badly as you might be! Try and keep a water bottle on you at all ties to make drinking water super convenient  2. Take Vitamins, every morning. If you’re feeling sluggish, tired, overwhelmed, lacking concentration or motivation you might be suffering from vitamin deficiency! With diets being a bit of a rollercoaster ride, you might not be getting all the nutrients you need to battle through your weekly lectures, tutorials and assignments, so give your body a boost by taking some multi-vitamins! 3. Treat yourself Now, this does not mean eat a block of chocolate once a night to reward yourself from crawling out of bed to get to campus, no! by this I mean after a hard fortnight of exams, go out have a nice dinner with friends splurge on dessert as well by all means! It is important to enjoy yourself and recognise your efforts, this will be super helpful to your psychological health!

4.Set goals. They may be study, health, personal or totally unrelated but make the goal attainable and set milestones within the goals! This keeps you on the right path and gives your actions meaning! 5. Be Realistic This is one of the most basic yet one of the most important factors which will ensure success at university. Be realistic with your time, abilities, motivation and stress levels. Start planning and along the way you’ll see if you’re able to cope with a full time load, work and sport. And if you can great! If not, be realistic, know something has to be cut a bit short to give yourself room to breathe! Not having the ability to be realistic may lead to serious stress build up. 6. Engage in physical activity Try and make some (even if it’s not much) time for physical activity. Whether it be a walk after dinner, organised sport, a gym session before or in-between classes, physical activity releases ‘feel good’ chemicals that will reduce stress and boost self-confidence! remember to stretch before and after to avoid injury! 7. Sleep sleep sleep! try and get 7-9 hours sleep each night, I know, once a month an all-nighter is pulled to get the assignment you should have started weeks ago is all of a sudden due the next day BUT, under normal circumstances these are the kind of hours you should be aiming for to ensure you’re well rested! try and set scheduled bed times to get yourself in to routine and don’t stop yourself from the occasional nap when you’re in need! Reference: Rutgers Division of Student Affairs Camden 2011.

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