Good habits such as regular physical activity, healthy eating and getting enough sleep can have a significant impact on how well our brains work. Having a self-care plan with good physical habits can play a key role when it comes to student success.
That’s the top priority of the UMA Wellness Center—empowering you to succeed. In many cases, that goes beyond coursework. What habits can you build? What habits can you break?
Know that you don’t have to be perfect. All effort counts.
That being said, here are six healthy habits with some helpful resources you can use for this month’s focus—improving your physical well-being.
- DRINK EIGHT, 8-OUNCE GLASSES OF WATER A DAY
Even mild dehydration can make you feel anxious and lose focus. Though there are several schools of thought on how much water per day is the correct amount, the 8×8 rule is a common one and easy to remember.
Like anything else, moderation is important, and it depends on the individual.
Check out the following article below to learn more about water, its effects, and how you can include it in a healthy diet: healthline
- WALK 30 MINUTES A DAY
Like meditation, walking can prove to have a calming response for day-to-day stress. It can also have a positive impact on your health.
The following article goes into detail about what walking can do for your health, why it’s important to start walking, and how to make the most out of your walk: mindbodygreen
- EXERCISE WITH YOUR KID(S) FOR 15-20 MINUTES A DAY
If you have kids, it might be hard to find any alone time to get a good workout in. But why should exercise be reserved for adults?
In an increasingly electronic world where children are often distracted by a number of devices, it can be important to set a healthy example. Getting your work out on while spending time with the kids could be the answer.
Here are 10 exercises you can do with your children: babble
- SLEEP AT LEAST SEVEN HOURS A NIGHT
“Sleep is for the weak!” might be catchy, but it isn’t correct—quite the opposite.
According to a 2013 study reported by Healthline, the recommended amount of sleep for the average adult is around seven to eight hours each night: Healthline
Learn how sleep can have an impact on your immune system, your memory, and more!
- PREPARE A NUTRITIOUS MEAL EACH DAY
It doesn’t take a scientific study to know that having a healthy diet is healthy. But it’s easier said than done—and cheaper.
For many, the cost of eating right can be an obstacle. Luckily, WebMD put together a helpful list of healthy foods that you might not need to break the bank on.
- START A SMOKING CESSATION PLAN
Smoking can be one of the hardest habits to break. If this applies to you, take a small step this month. Research cessation programs where you live with help from the American Lung Association.
Trying to break other habits? Putting together a self-care plan? The Student Guidance Resource center is here to help. Below are some more links on how you can lead a healthier lifestyle.
- Breaking a habit
- Creating a self-care plan
- Low-impact exercises
- Diet and exercise tips for busy people
- Healthy eating on a budget
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UMA recommends you consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. If you experience any pain or difficulty with these exercises, stop immediately and consult your healthcare provider.