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Maintaining good mental health is essential at all points of life, but especially during college. A large component of a positive mental state is healthy living. The relationship that exists between healthy living and mental health is mutually reinforcing. Having a good mental state leads one to want to live a healthy lifestyle and, in turn, healthy living maintains one’s mental well-being.

The fast-paced, high-pressure atmosphere of college can take a toll on a student’s mental health. Due to stress and other overwhelming events, students may neglect their mental and physical health. It is crucial to prioritize your physical and mental well-being and to develop healthy habits throughout your college career.

Physical health is just as important as mental health (maybe even more). When one is physically healthy, they will feel much stronger mentally. Exercise and proper nutrition are both key components of physical health. By eating well and regularly moving your body, you will notice an increase in your energy, concentration, and mood levels, as well as other cognitive and physical functions. Instilling these two habits into your life will have an immediate effect and will last a lifetime, improving your future.

It’s no secret that many college dining halls serve unhealthy food options. For students, eating at the dining hall is usually the most convenient and cheapest way to get food. Although the majority of food served is not the healthiest, one can always find nutritious options. Try to fill your plate with a variety of whole foods. Whole foods include foods such as fruits, vegetables, and legumes. In addition, avoid processed food and try to find protein-rich foods such as chicken and eggs.

Another way to prioritize nutrition is to take part in smart snacking. Stock your dorm with healthy snacks such as nuts, apples, yogurt, etc. In college you have the opportunity to use your creativity and prepare healthy meals in your dorm. Overnight oats, smoothies, and salads are some simple things that can be made in your dorm (with the help of some kitchen appliances).

Despite having a busy class and work schedule, keeping active is a habit that one can build throughout college. Most colleges have a gym that students can utilize on campus. There are also quick workouts that can be done from the comfort of your dorm. Sometimes one just does not have enough time to carve out for exercise. However, you can do something as simple as walk or bike to class (instead of drive). This change alone will have a significant impact on your physical and mental state.

College is a unique once-in-a-lifetime experience. In order to maximize the benefits and positive experiences, nutrition, fitness, and mental health should not be placed on the back burner. Even the simplest changes will have an immense impact on you!

 

If you are unsure where to begin in making these changes, Apple Psychological is here to help! Our College Transition Team can guide you in instilling these habits into your daily life. Make an appointment for your free consultation Today!

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