Are you in your first year at university? Is living in campus halls the first time you have ever lived away from home? Yes? Then you may not be an expert at looking after yourself just yet. But that’s okay, that is why we are here to help you.
Although you may have just about nailed the cooking and cleaning side of things, like many freshers, you may have thought very little about your health.
When you are living away from home, it is important to make sure that you know how to take care of yourself and take care of your health.
To help you keep healthy while away at college, we have put together a list of some helpful tips.
1. Register with a local doctor
The first thing to do is register with a local doctor. You may find that your university has its own on-site medical centre if so, register there.
You may not feel like you need to register with a new GP, but it is important to do so so that you have access to medical care if necessary.
2. Register with a new dentist
Find a suitable local dentist and register with them. Although you may already have a great dentist back at home, you need to be able to access dental care if you need it.
There is nothing worse than being unable to get a toothache treated. So it makes sense to register with a local dentist.
3. Keep on top of your vaccinations
Make an appointment with your new doctor’s surgery to discuss your vaccinations and to check whether they are all up to date. If not, make an appointment to have the necessary vaccinations.
At university, you will come into contact with thousands of different people each day, so it is important that you have all the necessary vaccinations.
4. Use contraception
Make sure to always use contraception and practice safe sex. Otherwise, you could put yourself at risk of contracting a STD.
Sexual health and contraceptive advice is available in medical centres and sexual health clinics in various locations. Have a look online to find your nearest sexual health clinic.
Although getting a good night’s sleep may not be high on your agenda, it is important that you get as much sleep as possible. Otherwise, you will be more prone to infections and illness, will have less energy and may feel more stressed out.
Aim to get at least six to eight hours sleep each night and stick to a regular sleep schedule. Regardless of whether it is a weekday or weekend, aim to get up and go to bed at the same time each day.
6. Don’t take up smoking
If you don’t smoke before starting university, don’t start once you get there. Not only does cancer increase your risk of lung cancer and heart disease, it also makes you more prone to certain illnesses and can cause impotence.
Just because your friends smoke, it doesn’t mean that you have to too.