Healthy habits for university students

01 May 2024

Undergraduate student Olimpia shares her guide to balancing busy student life, so that you can keep on top of your studies, stay healthy and take time for your well-being.

University life can be exhilarating but also overwhelming. As a Management with Entrepreneurship student, I've found that balancing academics, extracurriculars, and personal time requires a set of healthy habits that keep me energised and focused. Here are some key practices I've incorporated into my daily routine that help me stay on track, maintain a positive mood, and perform at my best. 

Meal prepping: fast but not fast foodLunch boxes

Eating healthy at university can be challenging, especially with all the convenient but unhealthy options available. Meal prepping is a great way to combat this. By preparing meals once or twice a week, you ensure that you always have something nutritious on hand. It saves time during the busy week and reduces the temptation to grab unhealthy fast food.

I like to try new recipes and cook a large batch of different meals. Then, I portion these into containers so I can grab a meal on my way to class or after a workout. This way, I'm eating well without sacrificing time or energy.

Daily exercise: movement for mind and body

Exercise is crucial for maintaining both physical and mental health. Incorporating some form of exercise into your daily routine can improve your mood, boost your energy, and even enhance your concentration in class. I enjoy a variety of exercises, like pilates, weightgym training and walking.

I suggest finding an activity you enjoy and can stick with. There is a huge variety of sports clubs and fitness classes at Warwick. Whether it's a morning yoga session, a brisk walk across campus, or an evening run, choose something that fits your schedule and doesn't feel like a chore. This way, exercise becomes a positive part of your day rather than something you dread.

Coffee alternatives: the matcha boost

While coffee is a staple for many university students, it can lead to energy crashes and jitters. I've started exploring coffee alternatives like matcha, which provides a smoother energy boost without the crash. Matcha is a type of green tea, rich in antioxidants and contains a moderate amount of caffeine. It gives you a steady stream of energy throughout the day, perfect for long study sessions or early morning classes.

If you're used to coffee, try swapping it out for matcha a few times a week. You can make a simple matcha latte with matcha powder, hot water, and your favourite milk. It's a refreshing change that can help you stay focused and energised without the negative side effects of too much caffeine.

Self-care: taking time for yourself

Amidst the hustle and bustle of university life it's essential to set aside time for relaxation and self-care. I like to designate a specific period during the day to unwind and do something I enjoy. For me, it's the time after dinner when I put away my textbooks and focus on relaxing activities like reading or watching a movie.

Find a time that works for you and use it to decompress. It could be listening to music, meditating, or catching up with friends. The key is to make this time work-free and stress-free, allowing you to recharge and maintain a healthy balance in your life.

Conclusion: building healthy habits for success

Incorporating these healthy habits into your daily routine can make a significant difference in your university experience. By eating well, exercising regularly, finding coffee alternatives, and prioritising self-care, you'll be better equipped to handle the demands of university life while maintaining a positive outlook and a healthy body.

Give these habits a try and see how they impact your day-to-day life. Remember, small changes can lead to big results. Stay balanced, stay healthy, and enjoy your university journey!

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