With the University year now underway, it’s common for students to get caught up in the excitement, and in the hustle and bustle of it all, health is often left behind.

Here are three ways in which you can stay in control of your health while studying this semester.

Stress less

Studying can be stressful, especially when many students are also trying to balance a part time job and stay social.

While stress can sometimes be a motivator for finishing assignments or undertaking that last-minute cram before exams, it’s important to remember extreme stress isn’t okay and should be dealt with. Too much stress can have a negative impact on your Uni results and general wellbeing.

Stress can sometimes lead to further, more serious mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, which is why it’s important to seek the advice of your GP if you are feeling a little more stressed than usual or overwhelmed.

Sexual health

If you’re sexually active, or thinking about becoming sexually active, it’s important you’re aware of what it means to maintain your sexual health.

You should:

  • Always use protection to prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Use contraception if you do not wish to fall pregnant
  • Know the meaning of consent
  • Have a sexual health check at least once a year.

Universities will often have services on campus where you are able to undergo a sexual health check or see a GP if you are thinking about using contraception methods like the pill.

Incorporate healthy habits

While at Uni, it’s easy to fall into a bad habit of drinking too often and eating the wrong foods, especially when funds are limited and there are events on every weekend.

Eating foods that have low nutritional value and consuming too much alcohol will not only negatively impact your health but will also limit your ability to succeed with your study.

Believe it or not, eating healthy food can be both simple and cost effective, so long as some time is put aside for meal preparation and grocery shopping.

As well as eating the right foods, it’s also important to incorporate some sort of exercise into your daily routine. Some Universities will have gym facilities available and all have a raft of sporting teams you can join. If this isn’t what you’re into, a 30-minute walk around campus each day is an easy way to make sure you’re getting the recommended daily amount of exercise.