1. Eat Healthy Food
It can be tempting to live off ready meals and pot noodles, as the student cliche goes, but if you do this for the whole three years then your body will not thank you. There are lots of money management tools that can be used to help budget your weekly allowance and ensure that you can buy healthy food for the week. Eating a nutritionally rich diet will enable you to focus on your studies and have the energy you need to cope with the demands of student life. If you find that you have little time in-between lectures then you can pre-prepare your lunch the night before or carry around a protein shaker bottle that will stop you snacking on unhealthy food.
2. Drink Lots of Water
Going out and having fun is part and parcel of student life but it can be draining on both your body and your wallet. Drinking in moderation will help you stay focused so that you do not miss any lectures and you will not be at risk of your mental and physical health. If you do indulge from time to time then make sure to drink plenty of water the following day.
3. Get Plenty of Exerce
A lot of student accommodation has onsite gym facilities to help you stay active. If you do not have access to the gym you can head out for a walk or a cycle, both of which do not cost anything once you have made your initial purchase of equipment and sportswear. Walking to class, taking the stairs and joining in with team sports are all ways to sneak some exercise into your day. If you are exercising throughout the day, make sure you follow the tips above about carrying water or a protein shaker bottle with you to keep your energy levels up.
4. Be Aware of Your Stress Levels
Stress and anxiety are very common amongst student communities as the heavy workload and increased responsibilities can quickly become too much for some. Headaches, low mood, difficulty breathing and low motivation can indicate that your stress levels are high so try to fit in some relocation time wherever possible. Your student well-being team will be able to offer support and advice on managing stress and can help find people that you can talk with if you need to.
5. Get Plenty of Sleep
Burning the candle at both ends can play havoc with your sleep and a tired mind and body do not work well. Keep your memory and concentration levels in good condition by keeping a log of how many hours you are sleeping and catching up on the zzzzs after a big night out.
Keeping all of these top tips in mind will not only ensure that you work hard but you can also play hard too!