9 healthy habits to incorporate into your daily routine

15 May 2024

Undergraduate student, Anjali, shares how you can find ways to balance study and self-care at university.

The university years can be an exhilarating yet demanding time. With the pressures of academic studies, social life, and newfound independence, it's easy to let healthy habits fall by the wayside. However, prioritising your well-being is crucial for achieving academic success and personal growth. 

Here are nine healthy habits that you can incorporate into your daily routine:

  1. Prioritise sleep: Pulling all-nighters seems like a rite of passage, but sleep deprivation can harm your ability to focus, mood and overall health. Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night to ensure you're well-rested and ready to tackle the day ahead.
  2. Stay hydrated: It's easy to forget to drink water when you're caught up in the whirlwind of university life. I carry a water bottle with me and make a conscious effort to sip water throughout the day. 
  3. Fuel your body right: A balanced diet is essential for maintaining energy levels, concentration, and overall health. I try to achievePark bench this by limiting my intake of excessive caffeine, processed foods and sugary drinks. Regular physical activity is crucial for both physical and mental health. Whether you prefer hitting the gym, going for a run, or joining a sports team, find an activity you enjoy and make it a part of your routine. Or if you’re like me, head out on a walk and enjoy your favourite songs! It always helps to leave your study space, get some air and start fresh again.
  4. Prioritise your mental health: The university experience can be stressful, so it's essential to prioritise your mental well-being. Practice stress management techniques like deep breathing, meditation, or journaling. Writing down stressful tasks, breaking them into smaller tasks has helped me deal with stressful assignments.
  5. Master time management: Effective time management is key to avoiding feeling overwhelmed and maintaining a healthy study-life balance. Create a schedule, prioritise tasks, and learn to say no to unnecessary commitments. I like to manage my time by scheduling things in advance on my calendar and making to-do lists.Coffee cups
  6. Build a support network: University can be a lonely experience, especially if you're new to the environment. Make an effort to build a support network of friends, classmates, and mentors. Taking breaks with friends over lunch or coffee, where we can talk and understand that everyone at university is going through the same challenges, always lightens my mood
  7. Limit screen time: Getting lost into a cycle of scrolling is easy. Set boundaries for non-academic screen time and make a conscious effort to disconnect from devices regularly. I try to set limits on my non-academic screen time by using apps that alert me when I've used my phone too much, helping me disconnect regularly.
  8. ArtworkGet involved: Engaging with the art society has provided a much-needed creative outlet, allowing me to nurture my passion and find balance. Warwick offers countless opportunities for personal growth and skill development. Participate in society events or volunteer activities that align with your interests and values. Getting involved can help you build a sense of community, develop leadership skills, and find a sense of purpose.
  9. Practice self-care: After a long day on campus, I like to take time in the evening to nourish my mind and body by cooking a comforting meal, practicing a skincare routine, and journaling to reflect and recharge for the next day.

Developing healthy habits takes time, consistency, and commitment. Start small and gradually incorporate more healthy practices into your routine. Remember, your well-being should be a priority, as it's the foundation for academic success and personal growth.

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