HOW TO MANAGE YOUR HEALTH AS A NIGERIAN STUDENT
Eight hours on a chair in front of a lecturer- five days a week can definitely take a toll on your body. You make attempts to avoid eye strain and tension neck syndrome while preparing for or taking endless tests and assignments. Sometimes you are left with the only option of eating indecent meals in canteens.
This article provides great tips that will help you stay healthy and in shape while in school.
Always take breakfast
Every student must learn to start the day with breakfast. Never push this aside as it can deteriorate your health. Start off right with a good meal when you get up. This will energize you for the tasks ahead. As health experts say; breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So make it an everyday ritual and a must if you want to keep fit. Whether you’re just getting out of bed at noon or up at the crack of dawn for class doesn’t matter. Make sure that you start your day with a balanced and healthy meal.
Ditch alcohol intake
To stay at top health at all times, do well to drink moderately. While university students are known for their partying, you can still have a good time without consuming all the calories that come along with consuming unhealthy quantities of alcohol. Again, you’ll avoid the hangovers and other negative effects. Drink in moderation and if possible you can completely ditch alcohol intake. It is very possible to have a good time without hurting your health.
Consume plentiful water
A large portion of your anatomy, particularly your brain is made up of water. So it is recommended by health experts that one consumes generous amounts of water each day. As a student with a lot of school work, this is one of the best things you can do for your health. Drink water. By drinking enough water, you can help boost your concentration as well as keep yourself from overeating. Make sure to keep hydrated as you go through your day by carrying water with you.
It is safe to say that the food you eat at most may not be able to provide your body’s nutritional needs. This is where supplements come in. Take vitamins. Especially if you feel like you aren’t getting the nutrition you need from your diet. You shouldn’t hesitate to supplement it with some multi-vitamins to stay healthy and disease free.
Avoid junk foods
While we all know that junk food is the most accessible foods for students, still it is recommended that you reduce, if not avoid its consumption. Limiting your junk food consumption will do you more good. Junk food is fast and easy. This is why many students end up eating a lot of it while they’re on the run to class or to some important routine. Yes, a little fast food now and again won’t really hurt you, just as long as you make sure it doesn’t become a habit —for your health’s sake!
Embrace fruits and vegetables
Who doesn’t love fruits and vegetables? As a student, they should be your best friends —literally. Even if fruits and vegetables don’t comprise some of your favorite foods, you should still try to incorporate at least a few of them into your diet everyday.
Exercising regularly is a sure way of keeping fit and maintaining an optimum health. Your Walk to class is a form of exercise too. It will give you a chance to stretch your legs, burn some calories. Sometimes though, taking public transportation might be quicker and make you relax before your next class. Ensure that you incorporate different kinds of exercise in your daily routine.
Have a healthy sleep routine
Human beings can go few days without food and water; but not without sleep! I’ll advise that you create what I call a sleep routine. Provided there is a free time, you can take a short nap during the day. This helps in boosting your body metabolism and your energy level. A quick nap will do your body good.
Avoid working in bed. Working in bed can make getting to sleep even harder for you. So keep your work space separate from your sleep space to keep sleeplessness at bay. And at night ensure you get a full night rest whenever possible. While the amount of sleep each person needs varies, most people need some 7-8 hours a day to feel fully rested. However this may not be possible every night for some students, still you should try to sleep a full night whenever you get the chance.
And finally try to stick to a schedule. Although with different classes and work hours each day, it can be hard to stick to a schedule, but following up your sleep times from day to day can greatly improve your chances of getting a good and healthy night sleep.
A lot of students largely depend on stimulants to stay active and alert. And is a common practice among to students to indulge in stimulant consumption such as caffeine and alcohol. The intake of these stimulants will do you more harm than good. So, you may want to think twice before buying that coffee drink for the purpose of staying awake.
Avoid unhealthy sexual activities
A lot of undergraduates tend to want to explore their sexualities once they’re admitted into a higher education. While we’re not here to talk about the moral and spiritual implications, I’ll just like to say that it’s better to be safe than to be “trendy”. Don’t do anything you’re not comfortable with. While you may feel pressure from a partner or even those around you, you should do your best to abstain from indiscriminate sexual activities. Understand that your body may be exposed to infection and sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV if you indulge in unhealthy and unprotected sex.
Most importantly, Go for checkup regularly especially for common communicable diseases.