Off to University? Here are 6 Tips to Staying Healthy

As an independent health insurance brokers we care about the health and wellbeing of individuals. That’s why Berwick Devoil has compiled a list of 6 helpful tips to benefit any student’s physical and mental health while at university:

1. Carry a water bottle – Stay hydrated

Get yourself a reusable water bottle to carry around with you to lectures. Not only will you stay hydrated but having a reusable bottle will also help your environmental impact. It is recommended to drink at least 2 litres of water a day, but don’t forget to drink more if you’re exercising. Staying hydrated will significantly help a hangover so bare this in mind especially during Freshers Week!

2. Exercise – Sign up to sport societies, get a student gym membership

University is one of the best places to get involved in sport. There are sport societies for rugby, lacrosse, yoga, surfing, cheerleading and so many more! Joining a sport society is also a great way to make friends. Check out when your Freshers’ Fair is on by going onto the University Union’s website or its social media pages.

Often universities will have a gym on site which will have a combination of facilities, such as a pool and tennis courts, meaning that there is something for everyone.

3. Eat properly – Learn a few simple and healthy recipes that you can cook when you’re stuck for ideas

It is easy to fall into lazy eating habits when you start uni, especially if you are used to family meals at home. However, if you can get a few simple and healthy recipes under your belt then at least you can steer clear of excessive take outs or Pot Noodle 5 times a week. Some great ideas include chilli con carne, stir-fry, vegetable curry or fajitas. Eating right will also help improve your ability to fight sickness and challenge the dreaded Freshers’ Flu!

4. Sleep – Make sure you get at least 8 hours each night

While you might want to be partying hard throughout the week and staying up till the early hours of the morning watching Netflix, it is important to get enough sleep. Getting 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night is recommended, and there is a good reason for this. Sleeping gives your body a chance to work on supporting healthy brain functions as well as improving your overall physical health. All-nighters also sabotage the quality of the work you do. Learn to manage your time better so that 2,000-word essay is not left until the night before!

5. Prioritise your mental health – Seek help from your university Student Support Services or doctor if you are struggling

If you are falling behind with work, or if general student life is getting you down then do not be afraid to seek help from your university. All universities will have a Student Support Service for this exact reason; the university wants its students to be happy to help you reach your full potential. So even if you just need an extra few days to complete your work because you have been dealing with mental health problems, be sure to get in touch so that they can support you. If you think that your mental health problems are getting worse, make an appointment with a doctor. Dealing with problems on your own will more often than not prolong your suffering, so surround yourself with friends and do not be afraid to talk to people who can help you.

6. Register with your local GP – Sooner rather than later!

Do not be that person that forgets to register with a local GP until it is too late. The last thing you want is to fall ill and delay being able to get an appointment because you have to go through the process of registering when all you really want to do is be in bed. You may find that your University Fair includes a stand that lets you sign up to the local doctors then and there, saving you from having to go there yourself.

Remember that a healthy life is a happy one. So have fun but do not forget to prioritise your health!

Berwick Devoil offers student health insurance so that you or your child are covered if something goes wrong. For students studying in the UK or abroad, from contents and possessions insurance to accidental damage and landlord property, Berwick Devoil can find you the best and most affordable cover.


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