Do you have time to fulfill your personal needs, as well as your academic obligations? Do you find it difficult to find a balance between the two? Discover new ways you can achieve a well-rounded, healthier lifestyle.
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The academic and social demands of school can be overwhelming at times and can contribute to rising levels of stress. With increasing expectations and obligations it can be difficult to find time to take care of yourself physically, emotionally and mentally. Achieving an equilibrium within your life can make daily tasks more manageable and your overall experience more enjoyable.
Do you have a balanced lifestyle?
Schedule an appointment with the Office of Health Promotion to help build your Individual Health Plan (iHP).
Are you feeling overwhelmed by all of your responsibilities? Are you completely satisfied with your everyday experiences? Take this short quiz to discover whether you're living a well balanced life.
True or False:
- I have enough time to do things that are most enjoyable to me.
- Generally, I look forward to everyday.
- There are very few people in my life who drain me.
- I have a limited amount of clutter in my immediate living space.
- I live a life pursuing goals that are important to me.
- I get enough sleep so that I feel energized during the day.
- I spend quality time with my friends, family, and the people who matter to me.
- I have at least one hobby or past time outside of school and family activities.
- I have the space to take at least 15 minutes of silence each day.
- I have friends that are easy to be with and a joy to spend time with.
Give yourself one point for every time you said "true." If you answered "true" more often than "false" (a score of at least 6), you are likely living a well-balanced life. If you scored a 5 or below, you may want to consider making some changes to incorporate more balance into your life. (Source: WebMD)
- Address your physical needs. It may be difficult to remember to eat a well balanced meal when you are busy studying in the library. Schedule breaks during your day to eat meals. Don't wait until you can no longer focus on account of hunger pains. If you have time, go for a walk or head to the BCRec for 30 minutes of exercise.
- Be proactive and plan. Make a reasonable schedule for study days and finals week so that you know exactly what you need to do. Aim to finish papers and projects early in case you need to revise. Check out the Online Writing Lab (OWL) for a free online resource to improve your writing.
- Reflect and evaluate. At the end of the day reflect on what you have accomplished. Think of ways in which you can improve for the following day, whether it is finding a quieter space to study or making an outline before writing a paper. The majority of libraries will likely be a popular place to study. Check out empty classrooms, residence hall lounges and these other study spaces on campus.
- Reward yourself. Finals can be stressful. Take time to relax and engage in activities you enjoy throughout the week. Visit our office's Upcoming Events page for programs that may interest you.
- Make a plan. Think about what actions you need to take in order to have a successful stress-free trip. Write down your goals and make a timeline of deadlines. If you are worried about financial barriers create a budget, making sure to prioritize necessities like transportation and food. Sign up for an Individual Health Plan (iHP) with a staff member from our office.
- Make realistic goals. Planning to lose 20 pounds in 2 weeks before break is probably not a realistic or healthy goal. Ask a staff member at the BC Recreation Complex for tips on how you can achieve your goals. Remember to exercise safely and stay hydrated.
- Make safety a priority. If you are traveling to an unfamiliar destination make sure that you are taking necessary precautions to preserve your health, property, and financial stability. Travel in groups when able and conduct your research about your destination before you leave BC. Think twice before engaging in high-risk activities that could jeopardize your health.
- Know your limits with alcohol. If you will be drinking during your spring break be sure to Stay In Your Green Zone®. Avoid drinking games and binge drinking, which can make it difficult to keep track of your alcohol consumption. Never drink and drive and always eat prior to drinking. Stop by the Office of Health Promotion (located in Gasson 025) for your wallet sized BAC chart associated with your weight and gender.
- Protect your skin. Don't forget to pack and use sunscreen with spf 15 or higher, especially if you are going to a sunny destination. Prevent yourself from the dangers of skin cancer and premature aging by wearing sunglasses with UV ray protection and protective clothing such as hats and cover-ups.
- Have fun. Whether it is reconnecting with family or engaging in fun activities with friends, participate in activities that make you happy and that will reenergize you.
For more spring break health tips visit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention