By Barbara Ewan, Skyline editor
When I started college, I had this wild idea that I would get up early, go for a run, enjoy a cup of coffee, then go lift. After all of this, I would happily head-off to my classes for the day. Needless to say, things have not gone that way.
Taking care of yourself, both mentally and physically is crucial, though—especially while in college and mid-semester. With flu-season ramping up, we need to take even more precautions to ward off pesky germs. As our studies are kicking into gear, our health routines should, too.
I am not a health expert, but I am a mom and a fellow student who thinks about staying healthy . . . a lot. It’s never too late to reboot and get motivated! Here’s my advice for finishing strong and well:
1. Drink plenty of water.
Hydration is key to your body’s functions. It can help with concentration, replenishes your system, and can aide in giving you more energy to power through your day.
2. Wash your hands.
This sounds so elementary, but it is one of the best ways to keep germs at bay, and from sharing them with others. Hand-sanitizer is also a good alternative if you don’t have access to water and soap throughout the day.
3. Eat nutrient-rich foods.
I know this is not always easy. You can start out small, trade in your fries for a salad with dressing on the side. Choose water over soda. Try skim milk in your favorite coffee beverage, or sugar-free alternatives. A poor diet can leave you sluggish and cause brain-fog. And we fully need all of our brain cells on point to get us through some classes. Healthy nutrition = healthy brain.
Your body needs this to function properly. Utilize your time right, and you should be able to get in six to eight hours of sleep at night, and wake up refreshed and ready to tackle the day.
I may have just lost some of you at this one, but I’m telling you, it’s extremely important. Not only for your body, but your mind, as well. Moving for at least thirty minutes a day provides a world of benefits. It gets your endorphins flowing, rejuvenates your brain, de-stresses your whole system, and can even enhance (study!) energy. Walk, ride your bike, do yoga, lift weights—anything that will give your heart rate a little jump. It might be the one time in your day where it’s completely all about you. Forget about the world outside, and take time to focus on yourself.
Lobos: Your body and your mind are your greatest investments. Take care of them, and they will take care of you. And stay strong through the end of the semester!