How to Be Healthy in College

Too many college students find themselves sick or suffering from a variety of physical and mental conditions they have never before experienced. Many of these problems can be attributed to poor diet, lack of exercise and sleep, and generally unhealthy habits. Does this mean you are doomed to suffer from health issues just because you are in college? Absolutely not. Here are some things you can do to keep your health in top condition.

How to Stay Healthy

While we all know the basics, such as covering a cough and washing hands regularly, there are some surprising further steps you can take to help keep yourself healthy as a bachelor’s degree student. Try these for starters:

  • Take vitamins – Although no substitute for poor eating choices, a daily multivitamin or fiber supplement can make up for any nutritional deficits and can help you avoid many of the illnesses you will be exposed to on campus.
  • Vaccinations – Many campuses offer free or low-cost vaccinations to students, including one for the HPV virus. Take advantage of these offers to keep your health intact.
  • Get regular physical examinations – Although you will often be pressed for time, getting regular physical examinations will help you identify any problem areas before you develop real problems.
  • Stay hydrated – Make sure to drink six to eight glasses of water every day to keep your body hydrated. This will help you have more energy, concentrate better, and boost your immune system.
  • Attend campus health programs – Most colleges offer free exercise, yoga, and meditation classes. Take advantage of these programs to reduce stress and to keep your body in peak condition.
  • Avoid flip-flops – Although stylish and comfortable, most flip-flops don’t offer the right support for your feet and legs. Don’t wear them when walking to class or when you will be standing for long periods.
  • Keep your backpack/work bag light – Yes, textbooks are heavy. Try to lighten your load by taking only necessities with you to class. Make sure your backpack is fitted properly and that is not so heavy that it will lead to back and shoulder pain and other issues that will plague you throughout your life.
  • Wear sunscreen regularly – Any time you are planning on being outside for more than a short period, protect your skin with a quality sunscreen. This will save you the pain and discomfort of a burn and will also greatly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer.
  • Lean on your support network – One of the best things you can do for your mental health and overall wellness is to maintain close relationships and communication with your family and close friends. Studies have proven that college students who maintain personal relationships are happier and get sick less often than those who feel alone.

Although these are merely a few suggestions for improving and maintaining your health throughout college, you will find that every little bit helps. It doesn’t take a nursing degree to know these simple steps to increasing your health safety. Staying healthy and fit will not only let you feel better, it will also allow you to perform better academically and to have a more satisfying college experience.

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Allie Freeland is the Editor-in-Chief of CollegeOnline.org. She has been a professional writer for a decade and received her bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Minnesota. She brings a wealth of information about higher education, online degrees, college life, and career advice. Follow her on G+.