How to Stay Healthy in College Even When You're Living Away from Home

Promise us you'll take good care of your health. No matter what.
by Ayessa De La Peña   |  Sep 29, 2016
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We know it's easy to stick to pancit canton, canned goods, and instant noodles when you're living in a dorm because it doesn't take much of your time to prepare these. You have a lot of things to do, you think, instead of spending your time thinking about how to prepare your meal or what you're going to eat.

However, here's a reminder, Candy Girls: it doesn't take much to weaken your immune system. If you don't get enough rest or you don't get the right nutrition, you'll find yourself nursing a cold, a cough, and even a fever which will hinder you from doing your best in school. So instead of preparing another instant meal for dinner, we ask you to take a few minutes and go through this list below. Then promise yourself that you're going to take care of your health better than what you're used to.

  1. Stock up on healthy food.

If you find yourself snacking on junk food in the middle of the day, buy fruits you can easily take with you instead to munch on whenever you feel hungry while you're out. Stock up on bananas, apples, pears, and oranges. You can prepare them before going to sleep and pack them in your bag come morning. And whatever happens, do not skip meals.

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  1. Make good use of your university's health service.

Most colleges and universities have their own university hospitals which caters to their students for free or a minimal fee. If you're not feeling well or you've been feeling weird for a day or two, ask your university doctors for a checkup. Ask them for vitamins and supplements you can take, too, and set aside a small portion of your weekly allowance for these.

  1. Try your best to set time for exercise every day.

Set aside even 15-30 minutes of your day to stay active, Candy Girls. You can run or walk around campus, play badminton with your friends, or even take additional PE classes. 

  1. Get rest no matter what.

No matter how busy you are, always allot enough time for your body to rest. We know it's inevitable for you to stay up late to finish all your school requirements on time, but don't go abusing your body for days. As much as possible, set a time when you have to be in bed to rest.

Got problems you want us to help you with? Leave a comment below or talk to us via Twitter @candymagdotcom. We always love hearing from you. :) 

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