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College and Healthy Life: How to Conciliate

College: time for new ideas and opportunities. In the rush of our everyday life, we – students – are used to worry about lots of things at the same time: study hours, tight budget, besides socialization and entertainment, obviously.

Between college, internships and jobs, many people tend to fumble alimentation and adopt bad eating habits. The problem is that these habits can last more than the four years of your course duration.

However, is it possible to study and have a healthy life at the same time? Of course it is! Eating in certain periods of time, practicing physical activities, sleeping more than six hours a day and save some time to have fun are some simple solutions to create a tolerable routine.

Thinking about the crazy daily life of a person who spend most of her time running from home to college, from college to the library, from the library to the internship, some tips for a healthy life were formulated with the help of a specialist. Besides healthy, they may help you to improve your academic performance. Take a look!


1. Try to relax (as much as you can!). With studies, internships and social obligations students tend to sleep late or even do not sleep to go to class on time next morning. Body and mind need – at least – eight hours of sleep per night to work aptly. Make an effort to sleep early and enjoy the next day. 

2. Have a balanced diet. Drink a lot of water and eat grains and vegetables every day. College students are famous for eating a lot of fast food, candies and drinking beer (stereotypes, of course). For sure eating junk food occasionally will not affect you that much, but try to be healthy during the week. 

According to the nutritionist Mariana Fernandes, industrialized food is not a healthy option, and because of that should be avoided. “They contain a lot of sodium and fat and can do great harm to your system, causing serious diseases”. A simple solution to make your life easier is to cook in your house once or twice a week and stock the nutriment in food packets on the freezer. 


3. Practice exercises regularly. Physical activities help to build strong minds and bodies. According to Fernandes, “College students that regularly practice exercises are healthier and can deal much better with stress”.

Try to do activities that you like to feel better and have some time for yourself. Swimming, dance classes, running…

4. Take extra care with your stress level. We all know that the combination “college + studies + internship” can bring uncountable stressful situations to our daily life. Try to balance your life between academicals and social obligations (and remember to have fun!).

Anna is a 21 year old from Sao Paulo, Brazil, who studies Journalism at Casper Libero University. She’s currently the Editor in Chief of Her Campus CL's Chapter and is pretty obsessed with fashion, beauty and (trashy) reality TV shows.