A personal letter to you – To a better 2018

Dear Exhausted Student,

With the start of 2018 I’ve got all my resolutions listed out.  Let’s face it most of them will be on next year’s list, but this year the one thing I know I need to do is prioritise myself.

As we inch back to the start of the second semester you might be feeling slightly wary of what is to come. The less than ideal Tesco meal deals (we both know that is nothing like a real curry), late nights and early mornings as well as the 16-hour days staring at your screen – laptops, tablets and phones. 

But it really doesn’t have to be that way. You deserve to take care of yourself as much as anyone else. Balancing work and a social life shouldn’t have to come at the price of your physical or mental health.

Let’s start with the basics, good food. Cooking isn’t for everyone but it’s an essential life skill that you can easily master the basics. It would be great to have the time to cook up something exciting every night but with a 4th year workload that’s not very likely.

I’m personally a big fan of meal prepping – particularly one pot wonders that you can use in different ways.

This is a simple table with some suggestions of how you can use leftovers in different ways so you’re never too bored.

https://greatist.com/health/leftovers-meals-healthy-recipes

Also have a look at these YouTube videos that teach you how to meal prep healthy meals. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SffWUBxXQ9E

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqSDawvUJ2w

Be wary of another common college pitfall in regard to eating.  When you eat is just as important as what you eat. Eating at odd times or too late in the day can cause unnecessary weight gain.  You might also find that you feel sluggish at the worst times. I love my late-night snacks and this becomes apparent when I’m up working late.  If I really must munch mostly I try to have better alternatives at hand like hummus and carrot sticks or whole wheat crackers and cheese.

Pause.

Take a breath and stop, it may seem like it’s the last thing you want to do but and that’s probably when you need it the most. Something as simple as taking a day out to treat yourself to a little pampering. It doesn’t matter what you choose to do but you need to give yourself a break now and then, a lesson I’m still learning.  This might be the time to slot in in some exercise, PROVEN to improve productivity and just your general feel-good factor. Meditation is another way to blank your mind and give yourself some rest. 

Last but definitely not least, sleep well. 

It’s easy to say, that one late night isn’t it going to hurt but I am well versed with the pain of having to drag yourself out of bed after a pathetic few hours of sleep.  Why put yourself through that?  Realistically you you’re not going to get much done, or at least done well, in a cycle of exhaustion.

Sleep on time.  Do your future self a huge favour tonight and set a routine of a reasonable bedtime.

Well that’s it from me this time. Let me know if you’ve got any tips of your own and if you try to adopt any of these!

 

Lots of love,

Sandhya

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Hello everyone! I'm an international medical student, currently in my 4th year. I'm setting out to experience as much of Dundee student life as possible as I finish with my last years of undergraduate studies. I'm a closet bookworm and a foodie with an obsession of baking all things sweet. I also drink copious amounts of tea.

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