Students are the most stressed group of people in today’s world. Increased competition, complex subjects, and the pressure of fulfilling expectations have made it quite hard for students to do anything other than studying. Once they get done with taking classes, they go home and start working on their assignments and quizzes. This stress reaches a new high when the finals come. No matter which subjects someone chooses to study, life is not going to be easy as a student. So among all the stress about studies, students end up ignoring the most important thing: their physical and emotional wellbeing.
When students ignore their health to focus on their studies, they end up falling sick. Lately, young people are becoming victims of diseases that used to only attack the old people in the past. No student can accomplish their academic goals if they are not healthy. To save our future generations from losing their health, the focus needs to be placed on improving the wellness of students. Parents, teachers, and doctors need to come together to come up with plans to help students take better care of themselves. Some attention should also be given to the extreme pressure our academic system is putting on the students and efforts should be made to relieve some of this pressure.
Here are five ways to increase wellness for students:
- Improve Eating Habits:
Since studies take all of their time, students end up eating whatever kind of ready-made food they can find. Vegetables and fruits are rarely a part of students’ diets, and many students skip meals. Poor nutrition and skipped meals can affect concentration levels and harm a student’s ability to work and study efficiently. They must eat well especially during exam season.
To improve their health, students need to follow a few rules regarding their diet:
- Don’t skip meals.
- Eat a healthy breakfast to start your day the right way.
- Drink plenty of water. Hydration keeps you alert and makes it easier to focus in class.
- Include fruits and vegetables in your diet.
- Munch on healthy snacks. Keep dry fruits nearby, so that when you get hungry at night you don’t end up eating a packet full of lays.
- Limit your intake of junk food but treat yourself to it once in a while.
- If you have any nutritional deficiency, consult a nutritionist and regularly take the prescribed supplements.
- Maintain a Regular Sleep Schedule:
When students get too tired of studying, they don’t go to sleep. They fill their mug with coffee so they can pull an all-nighter to prepare for an exam. The side effects of sleepiness include lack of concentration, memory loss, and loss of motivation. So when students keep sacrificing their sleep night after night for studying, they are at increased risk of falling prey to dangerous diseases like heart diseases and diabetes.
To protect themselves from the dangers of sleeplessness, students need to maintain a regular sleep scheduleand get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. Once you start going to bed the same time every night, it will become easier to fall asleep early. Another sure shot way of getting enough sleep is to avoid drinking caffeine before going to bed. If you don’t get enough sleep at night, you can take a nap during the day. The best time to take a nap is during mid-afternoon. If you nap too close to your bedtime, you won’t be able to sleep at your regular time. Also, make sure you don’t take long naps. A nap longer than 30 minutes might make you more tired than you were before taking the nap.
- MMA Training:
Physical activity will be reduced to a minimum once you start your student life. Spending your days with no activity between various sessions of sitting will cause a lot of health problems. When you don’t engage in physical activity of any sort, your metabolism and your quality of sleep will get affected. Consequently, you will eat and sleep less than you should.
To combat this issue, physical activity is a must. The best way to remain active and healthy is by doing Mixed Martial Arts training. MMA training is the kind of activity where you won’t get bored on the second day and want to give it up. MMA improves the stamina of the trainees while keeping them interested in the training all the time.
MMA training not only improves physical fitness and imparts health benefits but also teaches students useful things like discipline and self-confidence. It will also reduce your stress level by teaching you how to stay calm in tough situations.
- Give Importance to Mental Health:
Often the word wellness is only used as an alternative to physical health. But mental health is as important as physical health. Students tend to hide their mental health problems from their parents because mental health is still considered a taboo by some people. The fear of being perceived as weak by the society keeps the students from getting the help they need. The deteriorating mental health of students will not only affect their ability to study but also harm their physical health by making it harder for them to sleep and eat properly.
Parents and teachers need to create such an environment where students aren’t afraid to seek help and speak up. Students must be told that their mental health matters and they deserve the support they need. Students should be able to access mental health facilities easily. As a student, you should follow your therapist’s advice, never skip a therapy session, and take your medicines regularly.
- Don’t Ignore Illnesses:
Society teaches students that nothing is more important than their studies and they should sacrifice everything else to get good grades. As a result, students end up ignoring health issues and illnesses. They self-medicate so they can show up to class. But when a disease is ignored or not adequately treated, it can get worse. Even the common cough and flu can cause a lot of trouble if you don’t get it treated in time. Students need to understand that if their health gets worse due to ignoring an illness, they might have to miss more classes than if they had gotten treated in the start.
Parents should not force their kids to go to school when they are sick, and teachers should also ask students to take a leave when they notice signs of illness.
All of us need to work together to make the student life more comfortable for our kids. As a student, you must follow the five ways mentioned above to improve your wellness so you can give your best in each class.