Staying healthy this fall

Cut the stress and improve yourself!

Possibly one of the easiest ways to stay healthy is to cut back on the junk food and switch it out for something nutritious. (FILE PHOTO)

If you didn’t make it to the TRU Health & Wellness fair on September 18, the TRU Wellness Centre has offered many tips on how to stay healthy this fall, both mentally and physically. The best ways to do this is by maintaining your stress levels, eating nutritious meals, sleeping well and exercising.

One way to relieve stress is by seeking guidance and support from friends, peers and/or faculty. Being social and maintaining healthy relationships is an excellent way to cope with stress, so there’s no need to feel guilty when doing so!

Another way to deal with stress is to learn how to manage your time. The counselling department at TRU offers workshops on how to improve your time management skills, so stop by or call them at 250-828-5023 for more information. Just don’t forget leisure and relaxation when making your schedule.

If you’re looking for more ways to stay stress-free, healthy living goes a long way. By getting enough rest, exercise, and nutritious foods, you are managing a healthy lifestyle that adds to a stress-free life.

When thinking about nutrition, there are 3 important aspects to focus on. The first is to prepare your meals at home. This helps you to save money, eat proper portion sizes and learn how to make your own meals. Another aspect of proper nutrition is to eat junk food and drink sugary beverages in moderation. As well, bringing your own snacks to class will help with eating in moderation, staying away from junk foods and saving money! Who doesn’t love that?

Better sleep makes you a better student as well. Staying up late to finish that assignment might not be the best choice. The three best ways to have a better sleep cycle are to maintain a consistent wake-up time to make mornings more productive, a nap throughout the day to improve performance and to avoid caffeine in the evening to sleep easier.

Finally, exercise is the last component needed to have a happy and healthy lifestyle. Although exercise may seem like an impossible challenge some days, it can be as simple as going for a walk across campus. Exercising helps you to become physically fit, as well as improve confidence, relationships and mental health.

If you’d like to learn more about wellness or relax every now and then, the TRU Wellness Centre is the place to be.

“We come here, hang out and talk to one another. If you’re struggling, you can just come here and talk,” said Billy Davy, a bachelor of arts student and frequent user of the Wellness Centre.

The TRU Wellness Centre is open Monday to Friday in OM 1479. Stop by to have tea, ask a question or to hang out with peers. There are always staff members or volunteers there during open hours to help you.