New students often get ill during the first few weeks of university. The phenomenon even has its own name (and Wikipedia page): Freshers’ Flu. Here are four things you can do to help keep it at bay...
Get your beauty sleep
According to the NHS, most people need eight hours good-quality sleep a night. Lack of sleep can have a negative effect on your mood. It can also make you gain weight (due to lower leptin levels) and even put you at risk of serious medical conditions such as diabetes. Simple ways to improve your quality of sleep include removing distractions (TV, computer, phone etc.) and avoiding caffeine, nicotine or alcohol close to bedtime.
Watch what you eat
No self-respecting student can go a whole term without the occasional McDonald’s, Pot Noodle or 2am kebab. But an all-junk-food regime should definitely be avoided. A recent study found that poor diet was responsible for 11 million deaths in 2017 (22% of all those recorded). Good foods to cook with on a student budget include wholegrain pasta and rice, tinned tomatoes, lentils and beans (kidney, butter, flageolet, etc.). And, of course, all vegetables (fresh or frozen) give you an amazing bang for your buck.
Look after your mental health
A growing number of students appear to be affected by mental illness, with the number reporting a mental health condition to their institution increasing fivefold between 2006 and 2016. This year, Covid-19 is likely to push that number even higher, with many of us finding the ongoing disruption difficult for our mental health. Here are some good places to go for advice on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the pandemic:
Don’t worry. You don’t need to train like an Olympic medal winner. According to NHS guidelines, 150 minutes of moderate activity a week is all you need. That’s 2½ hours of brisk walking, gentle bike riding, roller blading… or whatever takes your fancy. And remember: exercise doesn’t just keep you physically fit; it’s great for mental health and wellbeing as well.
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