The top ten tips for a happier, healthier you.
As the first term is well under way and coursework deadlines begin to pile up, it’s easy to get yourself worked up into a state. Follow these ten simple tips to stay happy and healthy:
1. Take time to rest
With busy working and social calendars, make sure you allow yourself time to recover and recuperate: be it from nights out, essay overload or too many shifts at work.
2. Stay active
Join a gym, a sports society or even walk around London’s endless parks and gardens. Doing exercise releases endorphins which instantly make you feel healthier and happier.
3. Don’t take it too far
Many students feel they have to live up to the ‘student’ expectation amongst their peers: going out every night drinking, smoking and taking drugs. These can be fun at the time, but make sure you don’t overdo it; these can cause long-term damage, not only for your health but also for your mental wellbeing.
4. Build relationships
A strong support system is essential for your mental health. Supportive friends and family make you feel included, knowing there is always someone you can talk to and rely on. Make an effort to stay in touch with people and don’t be afraid to make new friends, these can be equally as successful friendships as people you have known all your life.
5. Eat good. Feel good.
As a student, money and laziness often get in the way of eating healthily, if you make an extra effort you really will notice the difference. Certain foods are proven to give you short-term highs, like caffeine and sugar but getting your 5 a day improves your health and happiness.
6. Try something new.
Whether it be joining a new society, going to an art exhibition or joining a discussion group. Try and get stimulated and inspired, you might discover it’s not your thing at first, but you’ll soon find something that is.
7. Accept yourself.
Don’t compare your coursework grades to your peers’, or your relationship to your friends’- remember that everyone is different.
8. Do something nice for someone else.
Cook your flatmates a meal, call your grandparents to check in, or book a last minute train ticket to visit your best friend. Seeing others smile will instantly boost your mood and people will return the gestures.
9. Don’t keep quiet.
If you’re upset, angry or stressed make sure you talk to someone, be it friends, family or a counsellor.
10. Organise your time.
Be pro-active. Set yourself personal deadlines and goals using to do lists or post-it notes.