Tips For Healthy StudyWatch
When it comes to studying - content, deadlines, and workloads can often take centre stage, meaning other things (like out physical and mental health) end up taking a back seat. However, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is incredibly important and can actually aid your ability to study successfully.
For starters, it’s important to maintain your physical health:
1. Exercise - A huge part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle whilst studying at home is to make sure you do some exercise. It’s important to note that there are lots of ways to get exercise in. A great way of exercising, and taking a break from your studies, is to go for a walk. Going for a walk can be a nice way to spend time with family/friends, or to mull over a problem you might be facing in your work.
If a walk isn’t your thing, maybe you could try some short exercises at home. For example, the NHS website has lots of easy 10 Minute Exercises available to try. There are also more interesting ways to exercise - such as playing a game of turn-ball in the garden, learning a Tik Tok dance, or (if you’re feeling brave) take part in a charity race organised online.
2. Eat right - Eating a balanced diet is very important when looking after your physical and mental health. The NHS website recommends basing your meals on starchy carbohydrates, such as potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and cereals. It’s also important to eat lots of fruit and veg, allowing you to get essential vitamins and minerals needed to maintain a healthy immune system. Adding fruit and veg to your diet can be easy, by incorporating them into your breakfast, making a homemade smoothie, or by swapping out unhealthy snacks for a piece of fruit.
The NHS also recommends cutting down on sugar, salt and saturated fats. Eating lots of foods which are high in these three things can lead to problems such as tooth decay, obesity and high blood pressure. Making this change can be easy, by choosing a different type of cereal or even by changing what type of oil you cook with.
Eating foods such as fatty fish and oily fish are also recommended for their health benefits. Oily fish can help to combat issues such as heart disease. Whilst, fatty fish is said to be ‘good for the brain’ - containing omega-3 fatty acids - which are said to be good for your memory.
For more information, take a look at the NHS Eatwell Guide.
3. Moderation is key (but treat yourself too) - Given the current circumstances, many of us will be treating ourselves to a drink or unhealthy snacks at the moment. However, it is important to exercise moderation in these cases. Too much of a ‘good’ thing can lead to health issues (such as obesity). Alcohol can also be linked to mental health issues, such as stress and depression. Therefore, it’s important to have a few days in the week without, to make sure you’re not treating yourself too much.
4. Look after your mental health - During this time it’s also key to look after your mental health, to avoid feelings of stress, or feeling overwhelmed. It is important, therefore, to build a sense of routine. Find a way of structuring your day which works best for you, incorporating work time, leisure time, exercise and meal times. Also, try and keep up with friends and family or do things that you enjoy.
5. As well as maintaining your mental and physical health, it’s also important to keep up with healthy study habits. This can be summed up in the phrase ‘Study SMART Not Long’, meaning:
- S - Set goals: For example, make up an exam/essay question and work towards answering it.
- M - Make techniques that suit you: Remember VARK. Are you a Visual learner, Audio learner, Reading learner or Kinetic learner. Use study techniques that will promote the best learning for yourself.
- A - Ask for help: If you are struggling with anything ask your teacher for help. Their job is to help you with your studies. Alternatively, use study guides or the internet to help breakdown tough subjects.
- R- Reward yourself: When you complete your goals, complete work and meet important deadlines reward yourself with treats. For example, make watching an episode of your favourite show your reward for completing tasks. Be proud of your achievements.
- T - Take regular breaks: When you’ve finished studying take breaks. Go for a walk, hang with friends or get a cup of tea and watch TV. It’s important not to overdo revising.
I hope this helps you maintain health habits when studying at home. Best of luck with your studies - and look out for more of our tips on studying successfully at home.
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