10 Healthy Habits to Begin in College

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We are winding down to the end of summer break, and when the fall semester begins for many incoming freshmen, a whole new chapter of their lives will also begin.  With this new chapter comes self-discovery, learning, independence, and a major lifestyle change.  With this being said, here are Samir Becic’s and Health Fitness Revolution’s tips for 10 Habits to Begin in College, for continued, health, happiness, and success:

  •  Sleep Enough:  Not getting enough sleep makes people irritable, irrational, clumsy, in addition to your body not getting the time it needs to recuperate from the day’s events. Your immune system can get compromised and you are also more likely to gain weight when you don’t get enough sleep.  Studying is a large part of college, and getting enough sleep ensure that the brain can handle and absorb as much information as possible, in order to be successful during exams.  Here is our article about the best foods to induce sleep.
  • Eat Healthy:  The sooner you start eating healthy, the better. Try to stay away from fast food joints, although these places tend to be a great hang out spot for college students, but they aren’t providing you to get nutritional meals at all.  It’s better for you to eat a healthy meal at home and then go out to socialize, so you won’t be tempted by unhealthy options.
  • Exercise Regularly:  Even though you will have a busy schedule, walk around campus whenever you get the chance. Most colleges have a student recreation center that students can use for free, so go to the school fitness center if there is one. Bike places instead of driving, join an intramural sports team- be as active as you can, because you will not only feel better, but also perform better at your classes.
  • Stay Organized:  It’s much easier to concentrate when things are in their place. Being organized will enable you to know where your books and assignments are located. Keeping track of dates will help you to know when exams are going to be, when final projects are due, and which classes are on what days.  It is also preparation for your career, when it’s necessary to be organized.
  • Read as Much as Possible:  Being in college, you’re always going to have something to read whether you want to or not for your classes. However, we’re referring to reading books, magazines, or articles you actually enjoy, for fun. Reading keeps your  horizons opened, your mind fresh and thinking quickly.  It is a great habit to instill into your life, for it will carry on as your blossom into adulthood.
  • Listen to Your Body, and Your Health:  It’s never too early to start taking care of yourself. Keeping mental notes of your ailments or when you aren’t feeling 100 percent is always a good habit to get into.  Being in tune with your body will keep you healthy longterm.
  • Say Yes!  College is the perfect time for self discovery, so say yes to new experiences, meet new people, and push your comfort zone a little- so you can discover how great you- and your life- can be!
  • Stay Optimistic:  Having an optimistic outlook on life is going to make you a much happier person in life. Not only will you physically feel better, but happiness is contagious- you are more likely to attract other optimistic individuals who will be supportive of you and your goals.
  • Set Goals that are Achievable:  Set goals that are within your reach so that you don’t get discouraged by monumental goals.  It is healthiest to have attainable short term goals and larger, more lofty long term goals.  It’s good to dream big, but to set reasonable goals to achieving your dreams.
  • Socialize Whenever You Can:  Ask anyone- and they will never tell you that they wish they had met less people in college.  Socializing is a huge part of college anyway and it is actually much healthier to get out and mingle than it is to sit holed up in your dorm room. Get out and hang with friends every now and then. You’ll meet new people, get to see the sights, and learn new things. It’s much better for your mental health to if you interact with other humans!

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