According to a report by the Institute of International Education, approximately 87% percent of higher education institutions plan to offer a hybrid model of in-person and virtual classes this fall. For those returning to back college campuses this fall, Nicole Avena, Ph.D, shares tips for students to establish a routine that helps maintain their overall health and wellness.
“For many students, college is the first time they’re away from home and independent and a routine is important for helping balance your work and health,” says Dr. Nicole Avena “However, this year, there are some essential additions to your campus routine that will prioritize health and safety and help you make the most of college accomplish your goals,” says Dr. Nicole Avena.
Below, Dr. Avena shares advice for college students getting back to routine.
- Limit face to face social interactions and avoid crowds. Although colleges are taking measures to reduce class sizes and restrict on campus gatherings, it is important to maintain social distance even on your own terms. The more people an individual interacts with at a gathering and the longer those interaction lasts, the greater the potential risk of spreading the virus. Although handshakes, fist bumps, high-fives, and hugs were the normal at meetings and sporting events, it’s now best to stick to contact-less greetings.
- Pump that iron, even if it’s a YouTube workout! Exercise is important at every stage of life – but during the first couple of weeks of college it might seem hard to find the time. Exercise is far more important than weight loss and according the Harvard School of Public Health Study of College Health Behaviors, students who frequently participated in physical activity were less likely to report lower moods and stress and also spent more time socializing. It is recommending that students get physical activity at least three times per week for at least 20 minutes a day.
- Clean your face mask. Around 94% percent of colleges will require face coverings on campus this fall, according to the Institute of International Education. While it can be hard to remember to get to your laundry in college, washing your face mask is a must if using a reusable mask. Luckily, washing doesn’t require a machine and hand washing is an easy alternative that can be done efficiently with the right detergent. Try using a detergent for sensitive skin to avoid any irritation, like Arm & Hammer Sensitive Skin, Free & Clear Detergent.
- Remember that what you eat matters. It can difficult to remember to eat healthy when you’re budgeting on a meal plan or running between lectures. Look for colorful food options and try to incorporate greens when you can– incorporating a multivitamin like vitafusion MultiVites gummy vitamins can also be a helpful way to stay on top of your health.
- Get enough sleep. Avoid electronics at least an hour before bed and try to limit screen time in general. These screens emit blue light which can trick your brain into thinking it is daylight and make it hard to get a good’s night rest. Avoid doing homework in your bed to avoid associating as the bedroom as a stressful place, and try a melatonin supplement like vitafusion Max Melatonin if you find you need the extra push.
“In 2020, college students’ wellness and happiness doesn’t just concern managing schoolwork and social interactions, it’s also about staying healthy physically,” adds Dr. Avena.
Source: Global Communication Works