Starting university is an exciting time for both new and returning students. However, staying safe and healthy are factors often neglected and lost amongst the excitement. With this in mind, health experts at FROM MARS have shared their 5 tips for staying safe and healthy at university.
5 tips for staying healthy at university!
1 – Be alcohol aware
Alcohol consumption comes with the university territory, but being aware of what, and how much, you are drinking is important. Keep your drinks with you and covered to avoid instances of spiking. Try to leave a glass of water by your bed before you go out so it’s ready for when you get in from drinking. If you are experiencing extreme nausea and dizziness for multiple days after drinking, seek medical attention as this could be a sign of alcohol poisoning or spiking.
2 – Practice safe sex
You might be experiencing newfound freedom, but you don’t want to be experiencing newfound STIs. University health centres often provide STI screenings, so be sure to register with your uni GP in case you are worried you have caught something. Most importantly, use protection – don’t assume the other person has some either, be prepared.
3 – Eat a balanced diet
It’s easy to fall into bad eating habits, especially when you first start university. Try to add some nutrients into each of your meals – vegetables such as broccoli and spinach provide a lot of essential vitamins. Be sure to drink plenty of water too, especially if you are drinking alcohol regularly.
4 – Look out for each other
When you first start uni it can feel daunting and lonely for some. Be sure to look out for those around you, make sure they’re okay, invite people out and socialise. Loneliness can quickly impact your mental health. If you’re on a night out, make sure you know each other’s whereabouts – let people know when you get home etc. Safety is key, especially in a new city.
5 – Get a good night’s sleep
The importance of a good night’s sleep is often neglected when you start uni – nights out become regular occurrences and sleep schedules get lost. It is essential to get 8 hours of sleep at night, especially when uni classes start – you need your mind at its best for those upcoming lectures and seminars! Once you have your timetable, see if you can time your nights out around your working days.