Hey everyone! I hope you’re January is going well. I thought I would do a little post on how you can stay healthy in university during the month of January both physically and mentally.
January can leave some people feeling a little blue and so I hope that this helps even one person.
1. Get Outside!
I have lost count of the amount of times that I have praised the medicine of the outdoors on this blog. To me, going outside and being in nature is the best way to help me feel like myself again and I still to this day swear by it as an instant mood booster.
Next time you are feeling blue or a little out of sorts with yourself, take yourself away from whatever you are doing and go for a walk outdoors and feel the benefits start. I often take assignment writing breaks every hour or two when I am in the library by walking around the sports track and sometimes through Ruff Woods. By the time I return, I am refreshed and ready to start my work again!
2. Meal Plans
When I say meals plans, I don’t mean downloading some rip off one from the internet or instagram that will make your life even more miserable. Try making your own meals plans with the food that you enjoy and that you will actually want to eat. I create a new meal plan every week now that I am on professional practice so that I know what I am making that night for dinner and what I can make for the rest of the week.
I look forward to my meals everyday and don’t stress cook something that may not be the most nutritious for me and therefore am happier because of the quality of my food and meals.
The people who have in your life will have a direct impact on your mood and how you feel. The biggest lesson I learnt in 2019 was to surround myself with people that make me happy and allow me to be happy as I knew that that they would make the sad days a little brighter.
My advice to everyone is to have people in your life that make you feel good about yourself who won’t impact your mental health or deteriorate it. Doing this will make your university experience so much better and your health so much better, trust me.
I hope that some people find this useful and that the advice here can help someone. Always remember that your emotional and mental health is just as important as your physical health.
“What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.”