Self Care Week 2016 puts an emphasis on self-care for life, and this is especially true for students. For many students, leaving home to start university is the first time you’ll truly have to look after yourself, which is why self-care for students is important. Between the late nights, lie ins and a lifestyle based around studying by day and partying by night, your health and wellbeing as a student can suffer. You owe it to yourself to take care of yourself, and the right information can help you with great self-care tips for life.
Self-care for students
Self-care for students is important – a new environment, new friends and newly-found independence can be daunting enough without letting your health suffer too. By practicing self-care, you can ensure a healthy, happy experience whilst at university.
Make sure you have access to the right information
The internet is awash with health information, but you can’t believe everything you read. Having access to the right health information therefore is vital to ensure that you can take care of yourself effectively. Your local GP surgery will have plenty of information should you need it, whilst the NHS Choices website has reliable, useful information about a range of health issues. Your university will also have its own student health services where you can seek information should you need it.
Ease stress and get enough rest
Whilst university is a very social period, it can also be stressful due to the pressure of essays and exams. It’s important that you take time to rest properly, getting at least 8 hours’ sleep a night and taking time to relax in ways which don’t involve partying and drinking. Reading a book that isn’t academic or relaxing with friends in front of a film or TV series is a great way to clear your mind and ease the stresses of studying.
Those takeaways and ready meals may seem like the easiest and cheapest way to feed yourself, but it’s certainly not the healthiest. Eating a healthy diet will not only keep the weight off, but will also help you to stay alert and energised. There are plenty of good recipes which are quick and cheap to prepare and are healthy too. You can even batch cook meals to freeze and save for times when you’re feeling too lazy to cook. Supermarkets have made it even easier to enjoy fruit and vegetables by selling them pre-prepared or frozen to ensure there’s less waste and less effort involved in cooking them.
Exercise is important to keep your mind and body fit. It can be great for easing stress too. Whether you prefer going to the gym or exercising at home, there are plenty of ways you can stay in shape. Joining a sports team is another great way to exercise, is sociable and a great way to meet new people, which can help combat the loneliness that some students feel whilst at university.
Worrying about heating bills is no excuse to live in a cold home. It’s important to wrap up warm, so wear multiple layers when you go out during the winter, and wear a jumper when indoors too. A hot water bottle is a classic way to keep your bed warm – put it in your bed before you head out and you’ll have a cosy bed to return to when you get home after a night out. If heating bills are causing you anxiety, you may wish to speak to your student finance office about hardship grants, which may be offered to help you out if you’re in financial difficulty.
Keep a handy app at your side
To help you practice self-care at university, there are plenty of great tools available to help you. The Self Care Forum have recently launched an app which is full of useful tips for self-care for students. Drink Aware also have some top app recommendations to help you keep track of your drinking whilst you’re out.
Practicing self-care throughout university will help instil good habits which will set you up for life. Meanwhile, spread the word for Self Care Week 2016 by using the hashtag #BFSelfCare during November.