College Health Tips
Because college can be so stressful (mentally, physically, and emotionally), college students are often more vulnerable to illness and injury. Even if you feel mostly good all the time, it's important to stay on top of your health in college--if you don't, your body will
make you make time for your health! Take it from me, when your health is on point, your studies and well-being will be too. Tips
first-aid kit. Wash your hands before every meal. (Tried and true technique to keep from getting sick!)
Clean and sanitize your room/apartment
regularly. Don't ignore symptoms of illness--check
WebMD or FamilyDoctor, and go to the doctor when needed. Learn how to
self-treat for minor ailments. If you have a fever, severe/persistent headache, and a stiff/painful neck (it hurts so much you cannot touch your chin to your chest), GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM IMMEDIATELY.
multivitamin every day, especially if you start feeling sick. Make sure to get protein and fiber in your diet every day.
If you drink a lot of soda, start breaking the addiction with tea or flavored water.
Try replacing one drink per day with unflavored water. Then try replacing two, and so on.
Excess sugar in the diet contributes to the "freshman 15" (or 50) quicker than anything. (Take it from me, LOL)
If avoiding excess sugar, also avoid excess bread, rice, and pasta--carbs become sugar in the body.
Naps are amazing--sleep at least 90 minutes for a full sleep cycle.
Put away all electronic screens one hour before you need to fall asleep. (Yes, this means phones too! LOL)
ASMR videos can often help you fall asleep--use headphones for best results (also keeps you from annoying your roomie). If you're too hot during sleep and your roomie is too cold, put a towel-wrapped ice pack under your neck. Works great!
Taking a quick shower before bed can lower your body temperature enough to sleep, too.