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Tips on staying healthy throughout the semester

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How many hours do you spend completing homework, attending classes, taking part in organizations or working at your job? Now take a moment to think about your last meal. Will your body appreciate skipping breakfast this morning in exchange for snacking on Hot Cheetos later in the evening?

With a busy schedule, it’s easy for college students to put their health on the back burner, but making minor changes to your daily routine can benefit your body and mind and lead you to a successful semester.




 

Avoid Mental Health Disorders

Before your body begins to develop any type of mental disorder, identify the areas of your life that are causing unnecessary stress. Don’t ignore feelings of anxiety, indecisiveness, loneliness, depression or any other mental disorder symptom. Those signs are evidence of mental health challenges that may lead to physical health disorders like anorexia, bulimia or binge-eating.

According to the Anxiety And Depression Association of America, “eating disorders commonly co-occur with anxiety disorders.” Unfortunately, they are also “one of the most common mental health problems on college campuses.”

To avoid the symptoms of a stressed mind, schedule time to participate in an activity, such as listening to music, taking a walk outside, observing nature, volunteering, or having lunch with a friend. In addition, the University of Houston offers group and individual counseling for students that are experiencing relationship problems, low academic performance, anxiety, depression and others.

Take The Stairs Instead Of The Elevator

Many college students skip the gym because they lack the time to plan a workout schedule, but what they shouldn’t do is skip the stairs. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator can help strengthen your lungs and heart. This is a good way to get your heart rate up and increase your blood circulation.

Don’t Forget Breakfast

Cutting out breakfast is common among those who have hectic schedules. If you start your day with an empty stomach, you are more likely to reach for junk food when you become hungry. Remember that your body needs energy to function throughout the day, so don’t skip breakfast.

Visit Your School’s Nutritionists

UH’s Department of Campus Recreation offers a Free Body Fat analysis by trainers. If you’re confused about the health choices you’re making, the Health Center provides free nutrition guidance.

Visit Your Campus Recreation Center

Are you a student taking one or more semester hours? If yes, then you’re automatically a member of Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. Your CRWC membership is included in your student fees, so make sure to get your money’s worth. As a student, you can join your favorite sport activity by joining a Sport Club organization. Your member benefits include an Indoor Climbing Wall, a sauna, group fitness classes, cardio, strength training equipment and more.

As you dive into piles of class work and school projects, remember to avoid unhealthy habits and prioritize your health throughout the semester. Your body will appreciate you for it.

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