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  • Mansirat Chahal

A Guide to Physical and Mental Well-Being

University life can be demanding - academically, emotionally, and physically. Mentally, you’re dealing with challenging coursework and perhaps the stress of figuring out your future. Physically, there is a lack of sleep, exercise, and poor nutrition. Neglecting either of these important aspects can lead to burnout. By prioritizing your physical and mental health, you’ll navigate your academic pursuits more effectively and create a fulfilling university experience.

Below are a few key strategies that will help guide you to a more balanced university routine!

1. Exercise

Regular physical activity is essential for boosting energy and enhancing concentration. Whether it’s hitting the gym, joining a sports club, or simply incorporating a daily walk into your day, exercise can help improve your overall well-being and allow you to step away from your studies.

2. Balanced Nutrition

The notorious “university diet” of instant noodles and energy drinks may be tempting. However, a balanced and nutritious diet is crucial for providing the essential nutrients your body and mind need to thrive through the challenges of university.

3. Adequate Sleep

Pulling all-nighters may seem like a shortcut to productivity, but prioritizing sleep is non-negotiable for a healthy lifestyle. A consistent sleep schedule will improve focus and memory retention, which leads to academic success.

4. Managing Stress

As we can all agree, university life can be stressful, with deadlines, exams and social pressures from peers. Incorporating mindfulness practices to manage stress can help you stay grounded and focused while trying to live the full university experience. Some ways to manage stress include physical activity, meditation, and engaging in your hobbies.

5. Social Connection

Building a supportive social network is crucial for mental health. Although assignments and exams can get the best of us, attending university events, joining clubs (like the CSA!) and finding meaningful relationships are important. Doing so can provide balance and help you flourish throughout your academic journey!

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