As college students, we put a lot of demands on our bodies to get us through college life. College life isn’t easy, and we need our bodies to keep up with our busy lifestyle. Our bodies perform best when we give them what they need. Unfortunately, we often don’t give our bodies what they need, and this causes us to be tired and stressed out. In this post, I want to help you implement healthy habits to give your body what it needs. As a result, you will be happier, more alert, and less stressed.
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We know we need to take care of ourselves, but we often don’t do it. It’s hard to get off our butts and go to the gym. It’s hard to pass up a cupcake for an apple. These goals (such as “exercise” or “eat healthy”) are very general, so it’s hard to achieve them. This post is a list of simple, achievable goals that’ll put you on the path to giving your body what it needs.
Chances are, you’re not going to find anything new in this post. It’s likely you’ve heard this before, but it’s important enough that I wanted to remind you.
Set aside time to exercise.
You know that exercise is important, but despite that, it’s hard to actually get up and do it. The way to make it as painless as it can be is to make it a habit, a part of your routine. Set aside the same block of time every week to do it. Write it in your planner and make a note of it in your phone so you don’t forget! Here are some more tips on how to make working out a habit.
Set bedtime alarms.
Setting a bedtime alarm will help you go to bed on time. First, calculate at what time you should go to sleep based on the time you need to wake up. For example, I wake up at 7:30AM. If I want to sleep 8 hours, I need to go to bed by 11:30PM. I’ll set my bedtime alarm for 11:15PM to give me some time to get ready for bed, and I’ll be in bed by 11:30.
If you have iOS 10, your iPhone “Clock” app should have a “Bedtime” feature, which will set both a bedtime and wake time alarm. I personally love this feature a lot!
Without an alarm, it’s easy to lose track of time. You can be so caught up in what you’re doing that you don’t realize it’s time for you to go to bed. Setting an alarm can help remind you to go to bed on time.
Carry around a water bottle and a healthy snack
As busy college students, when we’re hungry, we like to go for what’s quick, cheap, and easy. (I admit, I’m totally guilty of this too. Who can blame us? We’re busy and tired!) Many times, what’s easy is unhealthy. It’s easy to stop by a coffee shop and get your favorite treat when you’re hungry, but that’s not the best for your body. If you carry around a water bottle and a healthy snack, you don’t have an excuse to get a sugary drink because you already have a snack with you. By carrying a healthy snack and water, you make sure you’re eating something healthy rather than cheap and convenient. I stash a granola bar in my backpack and it has been a life saver.
Stop drinking soda
Eliminating soda is an easy way to reduce your sugar intake and to save money. Personally, I’d rather eat my sugar/calorie intake rather than drink it. (Although I do like an occasional frapuccino.) Give it a try! If stopping cold turkey is too intimidating, start by eliminating it little by little.
Surround yourself with good people
You might have heard the phrase “You are the sum of the 5 people you spend the most time with.” It’s cliche because it’s true. The people you spend the most time with will rub off on you, and you will rub off on them. So hang out with people you love and admire, because they will encourage you and inspire you to be your best. If you hang out with lazy people, then you will start to become lazy, too. Check your close circle of friends and make sure they reflect the person you want to become.
Worry only about things that truly matter
We can save ourselves a lot of stress if we “worry selectively” (that is, if we worry only about a select few things). A good rule of thumb to decide whether or not to worry about something is: will it matter in 5 minutes or in 5 years? If it won’t matter in the long run, then it’s not worth worrying about. In that case, just hold your breath and get through it. But if it will matter in 5 years, you should give it priority. I am definitely a worrier, so I’ve started to adopt this rule and it’s helped a lot.
Although this post might not have been anything new, I hope these tips will make it easier for you to live a healthier lifestyle.