Staying healthy during the fall semester can be challenging under normal circumstances. But this year there may be additional stress and worry, making it even harder to keep your body healthy.
Whether you have classes at Kent State that are in person, if you’re attending sports practices, or just meeting someone for coffee, to stay healthy in the coming weeks and months, there are some additional precautions that everyone should take to keep themselves, and those around them, healthy.
At Kent’s Best Apartments, we are doing our best to keep our community safe and protected from Covid-19. We have closed community spaces, our staff are working remotely as much as possible, and maintenance visits are limited to emergencies. Kent State University is also requesting that everyone wear face coverings and continue to monitor their health.
As we’re heading into the fall semester, here’s some advice to help you maintain both mental and physical health
1. Eat Right
When it comes to staying healthy, getting a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats is almost always at the top of the list. A healthy diet can do so much for our bodies. From reducing the amount of sugar, alcohol, and bad fat to getting plenty of water, we need the right nutrition to keep us energized and strong. It doesn’t take long for us to feel lethargic and bloated when we’re overloading on processed foods, and it can be surprising how beneficial eating right can feel. Replace that bowl of mac and cheese with a satisfying salad with chicken, avocado, and craisins, or skip the pizza and go with a whole grain turkey sandwich with a spicy chipotle spread and you’ll be thanking yourself later.
Staying active is another common health tip, but for good reason! Our bodies are made for moving and when we have a healthy heart and strong muscles, it can help keep your body healthy overall. And aside from the physical benefits of exercise, getting your heart pumping and your blood flowing can also help relieve stress. If you’re feeling anxious about starting classes or frustrated that you didn’t get a class you really wanted, go for a run, do some yoga, break out the free weights, or even going for a brisk walk can help improve your mood and get your mind off of these stressors.
3. Find a Hobby
Our busy lives can take over sometimes. Whether it’s studying, feeling the need to hang out with friends, cleaning the apartment, or any of the other dozens of things on your to-do list, it often leaves little time for doing things you truly enjoy. Making time for yourself can be incredibly rewarding, even if it’s simply by reading a book for half an hour (one that isn’t for school). Whatever your hobby is, gardening, cooking, drawing, knitting, photography, computers, etc., spending time on something you enjoy is a wonderful way to bring joy to your life.
4. Wash Your Hands
Door handles, pens, our phone, faucets, keyboards, the steering wheel in your car, countertops, dozens of surfaces at the grocery store – it’s surprising just how many surfaces we come in contact with throughout the day. And consider for a moment how many times you rub your eyes or scratch your nose. Keeping our hands clean is one of the best defenses against germs and viruses. It’s important to wash your hands before leaving home, as soon as you get home from being outside, and after using the restroom. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds and make sure to scrub in between your fingers and the back of your hands.
5. Monitor Your Health
Have you ever started to feel a scratch in your throat but you ignored it hoping that it would go away? But then it didn’t? Paying attention to signs that your body is giving you can be hard; but listening to your body can give you a head start in fighting a cold, or worse, the flu. Slow down, listen to your body, and try to look for certain symptoms, such as a runny nose, a sore throat, headaches, or fatigue. If you start experiencing these symptoms, be sure to get some extra rest, drink plenty of fluid, and maybe get a serving or two of garlic, ginger, honey, and foods with vitamin C and vitamin D.
6. Talk to Someone
It’s not uncommon to think that asking for help or wanting to talk to someone about a certain problem is a sign of weakness. But in reality, wanting to talk (or vent) to someone is completely natural and is incredibly healthy. Whether it’s a friend, family member, or counselor, talking to someone about things that are making you feel stressed, anxious, or upset can provide an immense amount of relief. Even if they don’t actually help solve a specific problem, they may be able to provide some valuable insight or advice. And it’s a healthy opportunity to get something off of your chest, making it easier to focus on other things. Staying healthy is not always about physical health, it’s important to consider your mental health as well.
7. Give Yourself a Break
Speaking of mental health, it’s easy to be hard ourselves. If you didn’t get the grade you were hoping for a test, if you were late to a meeting, if you forget an item at the grocery store, it’s OK! Beating yourself up about these things is not going to help. You can acknowledge what you could have done better or consider ways of improving in the future, but what’s in the past is in the past. Dwelling on these things will only weigh you down and can make it hard to actually improve. Even when it’s hard and you don’t want to, give yourself a break.
Staying healthy is incredibly important in today’s environment, but that’s much easier said than done. We hope that these tips have helped you learn how you can find ways to stay healthy.
If you’re looking for an apartment for rent in Kent, Kent’s Best Apartments has three locations that are right next to Kent State University, Hickory Mills, Summit Hill, and Whitehall Terrace. Our apartments feature updated kitchens, plenty of storage space, many utilities are included with rent, and there are a variety of other amenities to look forward to. Schedule with a tour of the best apartments in Kent today!