Wellness in College
Considering the circumstances in which many students are placed in such, health can be a very difficult to administer. Having to pay bills, worrying about what to eat, and concerned about maintaining good grades are a few but prominent burdens we carry. As we are establishing our professional foundation, we are juggling other priorities, and as a consequence, our health is affected tremendously.
With stress acting as our master, we are continuously oppressed by its continuous exploit of our energy and focus. Restless nights and long days deprive us of peace and security as each single fleeting day we worry about maintaining good grades, while worrying if we have sufficient funds to pay the next bill. Stressing about eating healthy is in the back of our minds as we struggle to survive in a hectic and never-pausing world. It is indeed the survival of the fittest as some thrive under stress and others lag behind.
Physical, mental, and emotional health deteriorate as a result of negligence towards oneself as one works tirelessly to find a footing in a capitalistic ecosystem. Such is the strenuous struggle for the young and inexperienced student that many, sadly, lose their grip on life and give up. With the increasing debt of younger generations, depression and anxiety rates are skyrocketing and suicide rates are increasing. This is the system in which we are born where we adapt to the rules established by the invisible hand.
Now, the question arises, how does someone who is barely learning to be independent deal with these battles? Personally, there are ways that I found to be helpful in times of need and scarcity. When dealing with high amounts of stress, it was imperative to be organized. Having an organized schedule and daily routine can ease of the load off our shoulders by placing our priorities in line of sight. Sometimes when our lives become stressful, there is room for chaos, mismanagement, and carelessness. I can achieve this by making lists as I need to visualize my tasks. Establishing priorities is another major incentive at a young age. Not being completely aware of our goals is a dangerous circumstance. Knowing our end goal will provide clarity in our everyday decisions when we are buying food, clothes, and other needs and wants as well as managing our time. This will limit the number of unwise decisions, resulting in the decrease of regrets and remorse, which are major catalysts of emotional despair.
As for eating healthy, investing in healthy snacks such as fruits will prove beneficial in the long run as they not only contain fructose, which will eventually break down in the liver, but other vitamins and nutrients as well. Managing our food intake is important because we are what we eat. Depending on sugary treats would deplete our energy in the long run as sugar serves as a fast and short-lasting source of energy. Carbs and fats, in wisely rationed portions, will provide the long-lasting energy that we need as they take more time to break down into its basic components. There are many sources online that offer help and advice as to what to eat that is healthy and cheap. I find myself looking through recipes that have affordable ingredients that are rich in nutrients and vitamins. Sitting down to plan out meals will take some time away, but it will save a lot of stress in the long run. Eating is a habit so if we gradually condition our bodies to depend on healthier foods, our indulgent cravings on sweets and salts will eventually wear out. It takes determination and will power, but there will also be shortcomings and mistakes along the way; nevertheless, we have to get up after every fall. A baby is not born with the ability to walk. A baby stumbles and falls, but with each mistake, he/she takes another step. Sleep is another important necessity. When there is a lack of sleep, performance lowers. Unfortunately, in a system that pushes us to overwork and limits our sleeping time window, we have to adapt.
There are tips that can help a student find time for rest such as napping. Sometimes, we focus on tasks that are supplemental and recreational and not necessarily a need. This is a very tricky since all of us need some form of recreational activity to help deal with stress; however, there is a chance that some of us overindulge in certain activities. As previously mentioned, knowing one's goals can assist in filtering out certain activities that are not beneficial in the long run. With this in mind, reducing the number of unneeded activities that chip off our time can provide some room for sleep.
Resting, eating healthy, being organized are just a few priorities that may be of help to a college student's physical, mental, and emotional health, but these three priorities have been the foundation to targeting other priorities such as money, work, study, exercise, and other healthy habits. Healthy habits are the foundation to success. As a species, we depend on habits as we are conditioned since the day we are born. If we learn how to tame our habits, this will give us new power to achieve and conquer. Health is extremely important because it will most likely determine how we treat others and how we treat ourselves. As a consequence, making health a priority will benefit us in the long run as we increase our strength, vigor, and probability of living longer.
Editor's Note This essay was submitted by a student who is applying for the SupplementRelief.com 2020 Health & Wellness Scholarship. The views and opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of SupplementRelief.com. Nothing should be considered medical advice nor is a physician-patient relationship implied. This essay content is intended to be entertaining and hopefully informative but ONLY YOU MAKE YOUR OWN HEALTHCARE DECISIONS in partnership with your qualified health professional. The student's name has been withheld to protect their identity.
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