The life of a college student comes with several adjustments and new experiences. College is the first time where a student lives in an apartment without their parents, they are in charge of managing their own time and it’s their first chance at independence. Although college is considered to be some of “the best years of your life,” these new adjustments and experiences still come with challenges.
One of the main challenges experienced by students is the ability to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Whether it is a student’s freshman or senior year, the struggle of staying healthy is a difficult task to take on. Most students are already overwhelmed with the stress of managing school work, maintaining a social life, keeping life expenses down, having a clean apartment and sometimes even juggling a career. All of these responsibilities make healthy living seem almost impossible. Especially when the easiest option for food after a long day is to go and grab a burger at a local fast food restaurant. Most college students believe that they do not have enough time to live a healthy lifestyle, but in reality, that is untrue. In an attempt to make the time management of a healthy lifestyle seem less difficult, here are some tips on how to maintain healthy habits in college.
Tip 1: Meal Prep
Generally, after a long day of classes, most college students do not want to go back to their apartment and have to cook a healthy meal. Cooking requires multiple tasks that most college students are not up for after a day filled with learning at school. The convenience of a fast food restaurant seems more appealing than going grocery shopping, especially to a hungry and exhausted college student. This is where meal prepping is helpful. If students dedicate a day, for example their Sunday afternoons, to cooking, they can create a week full of healthy meals that will be ready for them as soon as they get to their apartment. Not only is meal prepping great for your health, but it also creates a sense of organization and control over all of your lifestyle choices.
Tip 2: Create a Calendar That Organizes Your Week
The life of a college student is hectic, which makes it easy to opt for convenience, letting bad habits sneak in. You often forget about maintaining healthy choices. So, the next tip is to create a calendar or planner with your week planned out...and stick to it!
In your calendar, be sure to prioritize your daily activities and create a schedule that will plan when you should complete each task. Keep your calendar in your apartment and put it somewhere visible. Being organized not only helps you stay dedicated to your daily work, but it is also great for your mental health. The amount of work given to a college student can create stress, but with the help of a calendar/planner the amount of stress should decrease.
Tip 3: Make Time for Yourself
Living a healthy lifestyle is not all about eating whole foods and working out. A healthy lifestyle is also about creating positive mental health. An important aspect of mental health is making time for yourself. Everyone needs time to relax and reflect on their day, whether that be reading a book, going for a walk around your apartment complex, taking a nap, watching a movie or spending time with friends. While in college, students are prone to let life become stressful and chaotic, but by scheduling at least 30 minutes a day for “me time” the amount of stress in their life can decrease tremendously.
Tip 4: Always Get a Full Night of Sleep
Sleep is a major factor when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle and unfortunately, most college students do not sleep as much as they should. College students are known for staying up all night with friends and getting through their busy days by taking “cat naps”. Although naps are sometimes necessary, the average person should get between 8-10 hours of sleep each night. A lack of sleep can make a person feel fatigued, it can make someone get sick easier, it can cause irritability and much more. Being sure to get a full night of sleep is an important factor to staying healthy in college.
Tip 5: Find a Type of Exercise That Works for You
Every person is different and prefers to do different things. Some people love to run, while others despise it. The good news is that running and cardio activities are not the only ways to stay healthy. With that being said, always be willing to try new things and different kinds of exercise. No matter what type of exercise you are doing, the most important factor is being active and staying active for at least 30 minutes a day. It is easy for a college student to want to stay in their apartment and watch Netflix, but by finding a type of exercise you enjoy, the thought of being active will be more enjoyable.
Living a healthy lifestyle is not just for people who want to lose some weight or for those who want to diet. A healthy lifestyle is for people who want to feel happier and more productive throughout their week. The people at Liberty Properties care about their college students and the lifestyle choices they make. We hope current and future students will take these tips and put them to use in throughout their college career.