Health Tips for College Students by College Students (and Grads)

Health tips for college students by college students and grads

Two weeks ago, I asked you guys what your tips were for staying healthy in college. Between the homework, classes, and the stress, self-care can be hard. However, millions of students have managed the struggle, and have been managing it for years. So, I decided to ask you guys what your health tips for college students were. Here are the results.

When it came to responses, a few people mentioned fitness and eating well.

“I think staying active is key. Go to a gym, go running, do something to keep yourself moving.” @Ianator647 via Twitter

“Oh I miss college… I was so busy that I forgot to eat and actually lost weight instead of gaining it like the stereotypes. However I definitely did not eat healthy, so I’d definitely encourage you to try to eat healthy meals and regularly.” @nics.niche via Instagram

But the biggest responses all had to do with sleeping and relaxing.

“Do not neglect sleep.” @dulcegabmedina via Instagram

“I make sure to get my 8 hours every night!!” @mydriftingdesk via Instagram

“Take time to relax” @fatoubbalde via Instagram

“I just graduated, and looking back the healthiest thing I did was sleep well and and for 8 hours minimum. When I worked with students I always said that all-nighters are not worth it or necessary, so my biggest thing was sleep.” Michelle A. via “Healthy College Living: How Do You Do It?” comments

The best advice came from Epicfield in the comments on “Healthy College Living: How Do You Do It?”

“I’m currently not in college, but I know what helped me when I was in school was to remember that sleep was important. DON’T PROCRASTINATE. I was Queen Procrastinator but then I realized that my health was going downhill … I started working ahead and got on track rather than waiting until last second.

I work full time now and I make sure I get 8 hours of sleep every night (or try to). I know when your schedule is in consistent, it can be really difficult, but TRY to be consistent. Going to bed and getting up at the same time can be super helpful!”

And there you have the top health tips for college students by college students (and grads). If you’d like to see the responses, they can be located here, here, and here. A big thank you to everyone who responded and participated! You guys were super helpful getting this list together! And if you want to see more “masterposts” like these, let me know in the comments! Until next time, readers, and stay healthy!


Healthy College Living: How Do You Do It?

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One of the biggest struggles in college isn’t the load of homework or making new friends. It’s adjusting to living on your own, especially taking care of yourself. Suddenly, you’re responsible for laundry, food, and making sure you take medicine when you’re sick. It can be tough, especially when you’re used to someone else reminding you when to do things. And college is not an easy place to stay healthy. Between the number of students and the difficulty of keeping a campus of well over 2,000 students clean, illnesses have a high chance of spreading quickly.

Just about every year, several students get the flu or some illness at my school, so staying healthy is super important. This year, the flu (also called plague), a bacterial infection, and a cold have run through the student body, and so far I’ve come out not too terribly. I don’t have the best track record when it comes to staying healthy. My freshman year I ended up getting multiple colds that were extremely annoying. Sophomore year I continued to get colds. Junior year I came down with pneumonia during the fall, which really dragged me down. Thankfully, the second semester was a lot less crazy, and I only got a couple colds. So far, senior year has passed by pretty quietly. The worst I’ve gotten so far are two nasty colds and an injured foot. Not too shabby, considering how many students get sick at my school a semester.

On top of avoiding all the illnesses, staying fit is also important. This is something I’ve struggled with quite a bit. Staying active when you have to walk everywhere is easy. But after you’re done walking to classes, you’re tempted to stop. Combine bad food options (both in the cafeteria and with fast food) with lack of exercise, and things go downhill pretty quickly. So with all the craziness happening between sickness and exercise, how does one stay healthy? Or at least keep from getting sick too often?

Usually, I try to get plenty of sleep, eat veggies and fruits and proteins when I can, and try to be mobile. Whenever I’m prescribed medicine, I make sure to take everything I’ve been prescribed (especially when it comes to antibiotics). But I know I could always do better. So how do you guys stay healthy in college? Regular exercise, sleep, the right diet, or is there something else you’ve found that helps? Share your tips in the comments, and I’ll compile the top answers into a master post in three weeks. Until next time, readers, and I look forward to reading your answers!