It’s Health and Wellness Week! CSI and other Conestoga College departments have planned a jam-packed week of events and workshops to help support your health and wellness. Here are some tips for this week and beyond that will help you stay healthy and feeling good!
1. Get enough sleep
Getting 7-8 hours of sleep every night is essential to making sure your brain and body function properly and to their full potential! If you have trouble sleeping, try limiting your screentime before bed, taking 30 minutes before bedtime to wind down or meditate, limiting your daytime naps and limiting your afternoon caffeine intake.
2. Stay Hydrated
Make sure you’re drinking at least 8 cups (2 litres) of water each day. Staying hydrated protects and helps your organs function, reduces fatigue, aids digestion, helps your skin stay hydrated and clear and helps your immune system. Choose water over sugary drinks like juice or soda.
3. Keep up your Hygiene
Keeping up your personal hygiene is a task that seems easy enough, but for busy students and people dealing with stress or mental illness, it can be easy to lose track of when you last washed your hair or did your laundry, Especially during a pandemic when most of us aren’t leaving the house. If you’re struggling to keep up your hygiene, try setting daily alarms for small things like showering or brushing your teeth, and schedule time in your week for bigger tasks like laundry or cleaning.
4. Move your Body
Getting your body moving is so important for both your physical and mental health. Regular exercise strengthens your immune system, boosts circulation, and reduces your risk of many illnesses. It also gives your brain a boost of endorphins, which help reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, and keeps you energized throughout the day. Try adding 30 minutes of exercise to your daily routine and you’ll see the benefits in no time!
5. Add more Fruits and Vegetables to Your Diet
Eat your greens! Fruits and vegetables contain tons of important micro and macronutrients, as well as antioxidants and even water! They protect you against diseases, help you maintain good health and contain lots of fibre to keep you regular. Try incorporating fruit or vegetables into every meal or replacing your usual snacks with fruits and vegetables!
6. Take Care of your Mental Health
Physical health and mental health go hand-in-hand, so any of the above tips will help you manage your mental health! It’s also important to be aware of your emotions and stress level and check-in with yourself often. Practicing mindfulness and self-care are two easy ways to take care of your mental health. If you’re trying all of these things but still struggling, reach out to a mental health professional.
7. Seek Help When You Need it
We can only do so much to take care of our physical and mental health! Sometimes, things happen that are out of our control and no amount of self-care or healthy eating can make it go away. Don’t be afraid to seek help from a medical professional when you need it! As a Conestoga student, you have access to health plans that will cover most, if not all of your medical needs! You also have access to Dialogue, which is an ultra-convenient online healthcare platform that allows you to connect virtually with nurses and physicians via a mobile or web app from anywhere in Canada, free of charge.