Sure, we all think that going to university is all about friends, fun and good times. However, since going to university inevitably means a considerable workload, reality is sometimes more like “stooped posture, bags under your eyes and sleep deprivation.”
Even so, with a bit of willpower and some useful tips, it’s possible to lead a balanced life throughout your studies and thereby prevent stress, anxiety and burnout.
Here are five helpful hints:
Plan Meals and Healthy Snacks
“Plan your meals and snacks. Buy food on sale. Cook in larger quantities and freeze the leftovers.” – Catherine Bazinet, nutritionnist at the ÉTS Sports Centre
Start your day on the right foot by taking the time to eat breakfast! After eight to 12 hours without food, the brain’s stores of glucose – its basic fuel – are at their lowest. Breakfast ensures that you refuel and can perform better intellectually.
Enjoy fruits and vegetables at all meals and for snacks. Whether they’re fresh, frozen or canned, fruits and vegetables contain nutrients (vitamins, minerals and antioxidants) that are indispensable to your body running smoothly.
“Don’t use studying as an excuse not to move around. With exams and coursework, stress levels become difficult to manage, and exercise helps to control stress. Stay active throughout the session and get even more exercise during stressful periods.”
– François Beauregard, kinesiologist-trainer at the ÉTS Sports Centre
Getting daily exercise doesn’t just increase your energy levels. It also helps you deal with stress, increases your concentration abilities, helps you sleep better, strengthens your heart and lungs and makes you feel better in general. Exercising benefits you in every way! So… are you ready to get moving? Check out what the ÉTS Sports Centre has to offer (in French).
Get Enough Sleep
A good night’s sleep is key for your concentration, energy and well-being.
Having trouble sleeping? Here are 10 tips for sound sleep adapted from the Morin method (in French).
Avoid Drinking Too Much Alcohol
The idea is not to avoid alcohol altogether, but to learn how to consume it in moderation. Women are advised not to have more than two drinks a day or 10 drinks a week. It is also important not to drink alcohol while pregnant or nursing.
Men are advised not to drink more than three drinks a day or 15 drinks a week.
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If you’re thinking about quitting smoking, you can get tips and support at the toll-free iQuitnow hotline 1-866-527-7383. Hotline support staff can help you find a quit smoking centre near you (at no charge!).
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