Being a student is stressful. Taking care of yourself can come second to your studies, sports and social life. As students, we are given an overwhelming amount of assignments and tasks. You need to remember that your well-being is a priority in order to live a happy and healthy life. Being aware of your mental and physical health carries great importance to you and your well-being.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind in order to remain happy and health during this busy part of the school year:
- Connect with others. Surround yourself with people you are comfortable with. You should be able to express your thoughts and feelings free of ridicule.
- Get plenty of sleep! You may be tired of hearing this over and over but sleep is probably one of the most important things in a teenager’s life! When you sleep your body and mind processes everything that happened to you during the day. Studies show that you need 8-10 hours of sleep as a teenager. Trust me, you will see so many positive impacts after a good night’s sleep – not only will you be more engaged in class but you will also retain more information.
- Eat well and drink lots of water. Even though it’s easier to open a bag of chips instead of cutting up a carrot for a snack, your body with thank you in the long run. There are so many benefits to drinking water: less fatigue, clearer complection, boosts your immune system and many more. A balanced diet is also so important, if you eat well you will feel better.
- Exercise. The word “exercise” might make you groan but it releases stress and it’s always nice to be in shape. Your body produces endorphins when you exercise, which can make you feel happy and at peace. If you don’t particularly like competitive sports you can go for a run or even join a dance class.
- Stay Organized. I know this one can be hard, especially when you have a million things going on at the same time. Try to stay on top of things: hand in your homework on time, read the required books for your classes, plan out what you are going to do on at the weekend. Every little bit counts. If things seem to be getting out of hand, I like to remember the saying ‘this too shall pass’.
- Find something for you. Whether it’s going for a run or watching your favourite TV show, make sure you set out some time in the week for yourself to do something you love. Turn off your phone and disconnect from the constant buzz of social media. Try focusing on finding happiness from within.