Physical Wellness Tips

Eating well impacts not only your physical health but it also impacts your emotional health.  The CDC recommends that half of what you eat on your plate be fruits and vegetables.  The remaining part of your food intake should include, grains, protein, dairy, and some fat.  Additionally, exercise also impacts your overall well-being.  Being active not only is good for your physical health but it also can help with your emotional, academic, and even social life.    Finally, sleep as a college student is difficult but it is very important.  Although college is a time to try new things and meet new people, but if we don’t sleep well we are not able to function at our best.  Thus, not only will your academics struggle but also your social interactions because you will be too tired to have fun with friends.  Please find some helpful tips to assist you with maintaining or improving your eating, exercise and sleep habits. 

Eating Well Tips

  • Eat plenty of healthy food
  • Do not overdo eating or consuming junk food
  • Try to eat breakfast everyday
  • Don’t skip meals
  • Listen to your body and try to pay attention to when you are hungry and when you are not hungry
  • Eat before you go out to party or engage in any drinking behaviors

Exercising Tips

  • Make it fun, find activities that you enjoy doing
  • Be social, find a friend or two to workout with
  • Try a variety of different activities to mix things up
  • Write it into your schedule, specifically make the time to exercise
  • Start small and don’t overdo it
  • Utilize the awesome Viking Program, which provides FREE personal training

Sleeping Tips

  • Try to get 7-9 hours of sleep per night
  • Have a bedtime routine
  • Practice unwinding activities prior to going to bed such as yoga or meditation
  • Do not consume caffeine or alcohol a few hours before going to bed
  • Keep your room quiet and dark
  • Keep your bed for sleeping and try to do studying or watching t.v in other areas
  • Limit the use of electronics prior to going to bed
  • Exercise daily but do not exercise within a couple of hours of bedtime
  • Eat a balanced diet

 

 

Some of the above information is adapted from UC Davis website and Amherst College Counseling & Health Resources

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