Katie is a student at Oregon State University, majoring in Fine Art. She adores fashion and has a Disney obsession. Katie has a serious case of wanderlust and has gone on many adventures, but wants more. Fitness and film viewing, with the occasional binge watch on Netflix fills her time when she’s not in the studio or dreaming of her future. You can follow her on Instagram (Jadorlamode), Twitter (KatieSochic), or Pinterest (katie_nolan93).
College. A time of balancing school work with social activities will getting ready for the real world. Staying healthy is important in every day life, but it can be difficult for a student. With food being as expensive as it is and the stress of life bombarding our thoughts, it can be hard to be healthy. Here are a few simple steps for healthy college life.
1. Budget: Money can be stressful. Stress causes many psychological problems, such as anxiety and depression. Knowing how much money to spend on every day expenses can ease that stress. I personally have an app on my phone that helps me budget out each expense based on how much I’m able to spend it’s called Mint, available for Android and Apple products). If you don’t want to use an app, it’s helpful to write and calculate it out, just so you know how much you can spend on groceries for the month. Knowing that you have extra money is also a good feeling when you do this. You can save it, or buy something you’ve been wanting. Instant mood boost!
2. Meal Plan: I recently discovered meal planning. It’s a lifesaver! I don’t have to stress about what I’m going to eat, then waste a lot of time figuring it out, or grab something really unhealthy. I’m an avid Pinterest user and there are multiple recipes and ideas. I plan for two weeks and grocery shop accordingly. Using my budget, I figure how much I can spend on the trip. I have a few meals opened during the week when I know I’ll be eating out with a friend or family. I also make food with multiple servings, since leftovers are easy to just reheat or freeze for later use.
3. Use Your Resources: On my campus there are multiple resources for the poor college student. There’s a food pantry where you can grab some food, assistance with food stamps, the nutritionist you can see with once a term, free counseling for academics as well as psychological issues, and free use of gym equipment if you are paying tuition. Ask around or look on your school’s website. It will open your eyes to what your school has to offer!
4. Get Involved: College is a time of finding yourself. You’re out of the high school bubble and around many people with different backgrounds. Having people to rely on or spend time with is important. Look for clubs that practice your interest, join Greek life or a study group, talk to people in your classes, volunteer, etc. There are so many options to meet people and further your network, which is very important after college!
5. Give Technology A Break: Using technology often can be really problematic, not only to your health, but mental state. Take a break from binge watching Netflix, stop Facebook stalking your ex, put the game controller down, and try enjoying doing something that will put you in a better mental state. Exercise at the school gym, at home, or go outside. Meditate. Write in your journal. Have lunch with some friends. Visit your family. Clean your house. There’s so many things to do, than spend hours on technology (which could eventually make you feel worse). It’s easier said than done, but trust me: you’ll be a happy and healthy college student.