Health and wellbeing
Your health and wellbeing are priorities; looking after yourself will help you study better and give you more energy to enjoy your student experience with us.
Combining study with a job or a family, living away from home for the first time or being on a tight budget all sometimes take your mind off your own good health and wellbeing. Here are five easy rules for ‘keeping healthy’:
- Eat a balanced diet: holistic nutrition includes consciously eating healthy foods that promote vibrant physical and mental health, while supporting a strong immune system and preventing disease. Eat a variety of nutrient-rich foods including at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables per day, whole grains, and good fats in moderation. Try to minimise refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup, artificial additives, and artificial sweeteners such as aspartame.
- Get active: 30 minutes energetic cycling or walking a day can be just as healthy as going to the gym, although we have also agreed a corporate partnership for discounted High Life Highland membership to help you with this.
- Get enough sleep: sleep researchers recommend 7-8 hours sleep a night.
- Relax and have fun: find time to unwind and do the things you enjoy.
- Be moderate: too much alcohol will upset your health, studies, and bank balance!
Other useful health and wellbeing links
- Student Health - contains information on all aspects of health and disease.
- Student Recipes – 101 essential student survival recipes!
- Mindfulness for Students – mindfulness, how it can help you, and some handy tips.
- Support Helplines - a comprehensive list of external helplines and agencies who deal with a wide range of issues from mental health difficulties to bullying, and more
Need medical advice now?
NHS 24 08454 242424
Healthy Happy You
The annual student health and wellbeing event, Healthy Happy You, takes place in Feb/Mar. Visit the dedicated webpage for more information.
Changing seasons and changing clocks
Spring forward - does Spring herald the Hay Fever season for you? Take a look at Asthma UK's hayfever info.
Autumn fall back - do Autumn changes affect you? Take a look at SAD The Seasonal Affective Disorder Organisation