Healthy Lifestyle Habits For Students
When one speaks of health, he or she usually correlates health with physical health. However, there are other aspects to a healthy lifestyle such as the mental and emotional well being of a person. In a study done by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), 76% of Singapore students reported feeling anxious before a test even if they were well prepared. Hence, mental health is equally as important as physical health and should not be treated lightly.
The question then arises: how can I be physically and mentally healthy at the same time? There are 5 areas you can focus on to maintain a healthy lifestyle - Exercise, Nutrition, Having enough sleep, Stress Management and Healthy Inter-personal Relationships.
Studies show that regular physical activity promotes concentration. It is difficult for many students to find motivation to exercise due to the heavy workload from school. There are a few methods that you can use to motivate yourself to exercise.
Find exercise buddies! Exercising with friends is much more fun than doing it alone. Moreover, you can encourage each other to achieve exercise goals such as running a certain distance or completing a number of sit-ups.
Playing sports is a fun and effective way to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Try joining a sports team in school. Team-based sports are not only good forms of exercise; they also cultivate team spirit between students. Gather your friends and sign up for our inter-centre soccer competition today! Click here to register
Everyone has heard of the food pyramid, but have you ever heard of My Healthy Plate? My Healthy Plate is a new guide to healthy eating designed by the Health Promotion Board. Instead of consuming the largest proportion of whole-grains, My Healthy Plate guides us to fill half our plates with fruits and vegetables. Try using My Healthy Plate as a guide for your next meal!
Taken from healthhub.sg
Many students forget to eat breakfast when rushing to school early in the morning. However, most do not know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast helps to maintain blood glucose level and metabolism. Hence, have a habit of not skipping breakfast. Making a simple sandwich for yourself in the morning can go a long way. You’ll feel less tired and more attentive in school.
Always remember to hydrate yourself - not with soft drinks but with water. Unlike soft drinks, water does not contain unnecessary sugars. It is recommended to drink at least 8-10 glasses of water a day to prevent dehydration. Being hydrated improves concentration and energizes your body!
When we sleep, our body repairs and rejuvenates. If you’re having less than 7 hours of sleep a day, chances are that you are sleep deprived. But what’s more important than having the right number of hours of sleep? Scientists have discovered that the optimal hours of sleep are between 10pm to 6am. During this period, our body focuses more on non-REM sleep than REM sleep, helping us to sleep better. Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep is associated with more rapid breathing and pulse with increase in body movements. Hence, you should avoid late night studying until the wee hours of the night and go to bed early.
In a recent article on The Straits Times, more teenagers from top schools are visiting the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) due to school-related stress. Academics are important, but you should try picking up a hobby or doing something you enjoy during your breaks from studying. Instead of achieving the A grades, overworking has adverse effects and could lead to underproductivity. Remember to give yourself breaks especially if you feel worn out by school and work.
Relationships with family and friends are the most important for one’s growth and development. Most families struggle to maintain close relationships due to their hectic lifestyles and different time schedules.
Show appreciation for your parents! As the saying goes, ‘blood is thicker than water’. Friends come and go, but your family will always be there for you. Try planning a family trip with your parents and siblings. Take these opportunities to bond with your family. You can also show appreciation for your Dad this Father’s Day by joining our Father’s Day Contest here.
Surround yourself with friends who are supportive of you. Friends are your pillars of support in school. It is good to have a close circle of friends you can always confide in. Whenever you feel like a victim of bullying, always consult your school counselor or your teachers and parents.
Remember, healthy lifestyle choices start with you!
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