How to Maintain a Healthy Balanced Life in University

As everybody in university can probably agree with right now, mid November is a very stressful time in a student’s life. The semester is coming to and end, the final day of classes is less than a month away and exams start immediately after. Typically, in a student’s life we are faced with three obstacles: Social life, Sleep, and Grades; while in reality there are so many more factors.

What I have come to find over my four years in university is that most students have a hard time maintaining a healthy, balanced life. For example, everyone knows that you need to eat good and healthy meals to maintain your figure, and to remain healthy. But, sometimes making a nice healthy chicken breast and salad dinner can take up too much time as opposed to popping two pizza pops in the microwave (guilty) for two minutes and thirty seconds and getting right back to studying. This is okay once in a while, but it shouldn’t be what you rely on for your diet. A solution for your time-saving problems would be to start a meal prep during the week which would help you save time on those days where you really need to sit down and crunch out some papers or catch up on some readings. The meal preps can provide healthy meals for up to 4-5 days at a time, which saves you 4-5 days on worrying what to make for your healthy dinner.

Another thing students seem to be stressed by is not getting enough sleep because we’re up trying to cram 5 courses of homework into one night or worried about the midterms we have coming up. A good tip for this is to just not worry! A day planner or an agenda will help you plan out what nights you should be focusing on certain subjects/assignments/studying for midterms. This can also help you organize your time for getting better sleeps at night and feeling well rested to get a good start on your day tomorrow!

One last thing I’ve come to realize is that you need to have well-balanced relationships throughout your university career; between your fellow peers, roommates, boyfriend/girlfriend and your parents. These relationships can help you through some tough times in university, and it’s essential to have a break from all the time we put into homework. Having a social life can relieve stress in so many healthy ways without you realizing that you are de-stressing. Simply having meaningful people in your life to help you get through those tough times of midterms and homework is essential. You won’t feel overwhelmed because you have so many people in your life that care about you and are by your side to help you succeed and do your best.

So do your best in school, but just remember that going through some stressful times and a few boxes of pizza pops is okay, but eat healthy every opportunity you get. Remember that you have people in your life to turn to when you’re overwhelmed and stressed, it’s good to talk it out and feel better with your roommates. You’ll thank them in the long run, even if it’s just watching reruns of The Office. I find that comedy and laughter is often the best stress relief students can have. And in the words of Michael Scott, here is some life advise: “Sometimes, I’ll start a sentence and I don’t even know where it’s going. I just hope I find it along the way.”

– Alexis