Maintaining your health becomes increasingly difficult as the perils of pandemic student life weigh upon you. When you balance a rigorous academic schedule, a social life – as social as it gets in these remote times – and all the outside responsibilities, taking care of your physical health easily becomes a priority. However, here are some simple and actionable tips to take care of your health.
Don’t skip meals
One of the easiest things to overlook when rushing out of the house is a solid meal. Lack of time to complete unfinished homework, get ready, get to campus, and attend class can easily put off the idea of food. Even on days when you’re hungry, you just don’t have enough time to sit down and eat.
Food is fuel, and to function at your best, you need to eat. Setting loose deadlines for when you should eat is an easy first step. This will ensure the start of a healthy eating program.
Take a moment to reflect on your body and notice when it needs energy or is hungry. After assessing your personal schedule and energy levels, set at least three meal times. Phone alerts and alarms can be used as gentle reminders. More importantly, if you’re hungry, stop whatever you’re doing to eat first. This also goes for staying hydrated and drinking water.
If you know it’s impossible to get a meal when you’re pressed for time, pack snacks to take with you whether you’re studying at the library, in an online meeting, or stuck at work.
Sleep when you’re tired
We all know that sleep is important. But why is it so easy to ruin your sleep schedule? And why is it so hard to reset your sleep schedule?
Similar to hunger, sleep can be something that is put aside in order to complete tasks and other activities. Standing for a few extra minutes to complete an assignment is doable and acceptable. However, accumulating work hours or staying up unnecessarily late for leisure purposes with responsibilities the next day can harm your well-being.
Plan your schedule and have a general organization of your responsibilities, missions and activities. Staying organized is key to avoiding procrastination. Therefore, limiting procrastination makes it easier to devote late evenings to rest.
In addition, spaces dedicated to specific activities can create healthy sleeping habits. For example, instead of resting on your bed in the middle of the day while scrolling through your phone, rest in a chair and use your phone away from the bed. Combining several activities in the same space can lead to bad habits; Associate your bed with sleep.
Take a break
Fatigue and burnout are some of the many negative effects of the pandemic. This exhaustion and anxiety can be overlooked and ignored, causing the onset of aggregate stress. Sometimes doing nothing may be what you need. Even though there may be a lot on your schedule, to work effectively there must be rest to recover energy so that the work can be done with the best effort.
Take some sun
The evolution of the academic and professional world towards distance learning and working facilitates confinement. Going out has become increasingly unnecessary due to the shift to virtual school and work. It has also become anxiety-provoking due to new socially distanced norms.
In order to combat the decrease in time spent outdoors and minimal exposure to the sun, you can make it a priority to spend time outdoors. Exercise is the typical form of outdoor activity. However, there are other creative options such as getting out your work remotely, spending a leisure activity in the sun, or just taking a walk. Try doing a daily activity outside and test how you feel.