As a student, it can be challenging to balance a healthy lifestyle with the demands of exams and assignment deadlines. However, it’s essential to take care of your physical and mental health during these busy times to ensure that you can perform at your best. Below are some tips on how to stay active and healthy throughout a busy period.
6 tips to help maintain a healthy lifestyle from NTU Sport
It’s easy to skip exercise when you’re busy, but regular physical activity is essential for maintaining your energy and focus levels. Even a 20-minute walk or a quick yoga session can help you feel more alert and focused. The World Health Organisation recommends that adults aged 18-64 should do “at least 75–150 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity; or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity activity throughout the week”. Consider adding exercise into your study schedule to ensure that you don’t skip it.
Taking breaks is important for avoiding burnout and maintaining your mental health. Take regular short breaks during your study sessions, and try to do something that relaxes you like, reading a book, going for a walk, playing sport, or spending time with friends.
Reducing screen time
When taking study breaks it can be extremely beneficial to take time away from screens. For instance, reducing your screen time can lead to: reduced stress, increased positivity, improved sleep schedule and improved focus.
Dehydration can lead to fatigue and difficulty concentrating, so it’s important to stay hydrated throughout the day. Recent research suggests that even mild dehydration – a body water loss of 1-2% – can effect cognitive performance (National Library of Medicine 2014). Aim to drink at least 8-10 glasses of water per day and keep a water bottle with you at all times.
Get enough sleep
Getting enough sleep is crucial for maintaining your energy levels and mental focus. Aim to get 7-8 hours of sleep per night, and try to maintain a consistent sleep schedule, even on weekends.
Eat a balanced diet
Eating a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins is essential for maintaining your energy levels and mental focus. Limit sugary snacks and caffeine, which can cause energy crashes. Consider using these as treats or rewards for accomplishing a goal.
Take care of your mental health
Exam stress and anxiety can take a toll on your mental health, so it’s important to take care of yourself. Consider practicing relaxation techniques like meditation or deep breathing exercises, and don’t be afraid to reach out for help if you’re feeling overwhelmed. Regular physical exercise can aid in improving and maintaining good mental health. “Studies show that there is approximately a 20% to 30% lower risk of depression and dementia for adults participating in daily physical activity” – Mental Health Foundation 2023.
How can I stay active throughout the exam period?
NTU Sport will continue to offer a range of activities to help you maintain an active and healthy lifestyle during this busy time. Below are some of the ways we’re here to help you through.
Play for Fun: Halls Day
On the 26 April, NTU Sport are hosting Play for Fun: Halls Day in collaboration with the halls provider, UPP.
What to expect:
- A variety of sporting sessions including basketball, football, rounders, martial arts, boxing and tennis. Gather some flatmates, get out and get active!
- Puppy play sessions and puppy yoga. What better way to de-stress than with adorable pups?!
- Crepe, popcorn & candyfloss stand. Fuel your revision with some delicious treats!
Date: 26 April 2023
Location: Lee Westwood Sports Centre, Clifton Campus
Time: 1- 4pm
And the best part? It’s completely FREE to all NTU students!
Book your spaces now on the NTU Sport App
Term 3 Activity
Throughout term 3, there will be multiple Play for Fun sessions available for you to book on to through the app. Links to download our app can be found below:
We also have a range of term 3 and summer membership options which are available to purchase from just £20. You can purchase your membership here: Buy membership | Nottingham Trent University