College Health Checklist: How You Can Combat 3 Common Health Threats

Students Walking To The CollegeIt feels like you’ve waited forever for this day — college orientation. Your first time at college represents a new life ahead filled with freedom, fun, and endless possibilities for your future.

Everything’s going great until…

Your workload starts stressing you out.

Your roommate’s late-night phone chats start stealing your sleep.

Your classmate shares a cold with you.

When you step foot on a college campus, you immediately expose yourself to a variety of mental, physical, and health-related issues all poised and ready to attack.

We’ve got tips on how to avoid three of the most common college health concerns so you can make the most of this exciting time!

Mental Health

People told you that college would be some of the best years of your life, so why are you not feeling that way?

Stress, anxiety, and depression can unexpectedly sneak up on you as a result of the monumental changes taking place. Whether the angst comes from challenging coursework or feeling like you don’t fit in, every student is likely to experience some level of stress.

The National College Health Assessment revealed these mental health issues to be top factors that negatively impact academic performance.

Prevent these feelings as best you can by surrounding yourself with positive people, getting plenty of sleep each night, and stewarding your time so that your studying and social life stay balanced.

You also can practice relaxation techniques such as lighting lavender candles, which promote calmness and tranquility, or doing 20 minutes of yoga each evening.

Physical Illness

Tag — you’re it!

The flu and common cold tend to run rampant on college campuses — their favorite playground. Each year thousands of students are “tagged” by fellow classmates to be the next recipient of these loathsome germs.

With a runny nose, congestion, and sometimes a fever, it can be hard to differentiate whether you’ve picked up a simple common cold or the more aggressive flu.

Because of this, it’s important you see your doctor at the first sign of illness. Influenza must be treated within 48 hours to reduce the severity and longevity of its symptoms.

You can prevent illness by washing your hands frequently for 30 seconds or longer, covering coughs and sneezes with your elbow rather than your hand, and avoiding contact with friends you know are feeling ill.

Sleep Deprivation

Even if you’ve never had a problem getting and staying to sleep before, college schedules (or the lack thereof) can certainly do a number on your sleep habits.

Suddenly, you’re sharing a room with another person, and let’s face it, their sleeping routines are sure to be different than yours. Anything from sharing a room with a night owl who loves to talk until the wee hours of the morning to pulling all-nighters of your own to cram for tomorrow’s test can infringe on your needed eight hours of sleep.

We suggest you first have a discussion with your new roommate and agree on some boundaries surrounding sleep. It could be as simple as silencing phones at 11 p.m. each night or spending late hours in the common area. Stick to those commitments and make sure your sleep is consistent.

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Are you heading off to college this fall? Before you go, request an appointment with one of our experienced professionals today and create a healthy start for your new academic journey!

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