Five Healthy Habits for a Happy Freshman Year


Posted on October 31st, by Tatum Teeple in Tatum Teeple. No Comments

One of my passions is living a health-conscious lifestyle. I believe that maintaining good physical and mental health overall makes you a happier person. I strive to make this one of my top priorities. Living in a dorm, it is not simple to maintain routines, especially as a freshman. Many things change quickly in your life. It is hard to balance your school work, social life and health. Sometimes, it seems like living healthy is the first thing to be abandoned once moving on campus. As I try to reestablish my routines, I wanted to share some easy tips that make feeling healthy during freshman year a breeze!

  1. Get plenty of sleep – We’ve all heard that getting eight hours of sleep is essential for our minds and bodies, but not everyone knows the serous effects of sleep deprivation. In my general psychology class, I learned that sleep deprivation can lead to stress, depression, obesity, decreased longevity, worsened critical thinking and a deteriorated immune system. Although it can seem impossible to get a full eight hours of sleep at night on top of everything else, strive to get more sleep; your body will thank you.
  2. Make good food choices in the dining hall – With bottomless french fries and endless soft-serve ice cream, eating healthy can be hard in the dining hall! In order to feel healthy, however, we must put wholesome foods in our body. It is impossible to be perfect, so perhaps try getting a salad during every meal, or only eat dessert on hot cookie day. Sodexo is our dining services provider at UF, and they have a website devoted to helping students make healthy choices, so if you need suggestions, go here.  And remember: if it is nugget day and you want nuggets, get them. Don’t be too hard on yourself!
  3. Go to the gym – As UF students, we are so lucky to have free access to a full gym, equipment room, cardio center and exercise classes at the Student Rec Center! Take full advantage of all the things that Koehler has to offer. Being active is key to keeping healthy physically. Plus, exercising can help you sleep better at night, too.
  4. Establish a routine – Having a well-established routine can be so vital to having good mental health. Creating a daily routine can eliminate stress throughout your day.
  5. Get your homework done early if possible – This tip is also extremely important for mental health. As students, we have a lot of classwork on our plates. Getting assignments done early and not procrastinating can do so much for your personal mental health. So save yourself the stress and work ahead!

Nobody is perfect, and sometimes we can fall off the wagon when it comes to staying healthy. However, keeping these tips in mind daily helps me to feel happier and healthier as a student. Test them out and let me know what you think. I’ll see you at the gym!

 





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