Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be difficult as a student. Late nights, irregular schedules, work commitments, tight budgets and food choices all take their toll on your health. Luckily, there are a few simple tips to keep in mind that will help you stay on track. Whether you’re getting ready to start tertiary study for the first time or you’re in your last few semesters, our five tips could be just what you need.
It’s okay to stay up finishing an assignment once in a while, but it’s not a good idea to make ‘all-nighters’ a habit. Not only does staying up late increase your stress levels, but you’ll also find that you are not doing your best work when you’re tired and frantically working towards a deadline. Even if you are getting good marks, think about how much better they would be if you put in the time and effort ahead of the due date. We recommend keeping a schedule of assignment due dates so you can plan ahead, and starting assignments at least two weeks before they are due so there’s no last-minute rush.
Ask graduates about what they struggled with most during their studies and many will tell you that they found it difficult to balance their commitments. This could mean balancing study with a part-time or casual job, or perhaps with relationships and social commitments. It’s important to maintain a life outside of study — keeping everything balanced will help you to do well academically and will also keep your health in check. If you are worried that your job is affecting your studies, ask your manager if you can cut back your shifts or change your roster. If social outings are interfering with your assessments, try to limit the number of times you go out per week or promise yourself an early night every now and then.
Assessment stress can have a negative impact on your health, particularly your immune system. The key is to manage your stress levels before they hit their peak and to find study methods that work for you (remember, these might be different to what works for your friends or family). Many students find it effective to structure their study sessions and take study breaks between each session. This might involve a quick jog around the block to clear your head, sitting down with a book or your favorite movie, or catching up with friends for a coffee. You can also avoid stress by being prepared and organized throughout the semester — maintaining a good attendance record, doing your class readings and starting assignments early can all help to minimize your stress levels when the assessment period comes around.
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