Tips for a Healthy Mind and Body When Studying Abroad

It’s no secret that keeping your mind and body healthy makes you a better student. But sometimes I need a reminder of some of the steps that I need to take to make sure that I stay fit and well.

The first time I studied abroad I learned almost as much outside the classroom as inside the classroom. Living away from home and in a foreign country makes you learn how to look after yourself.

These tips may seem basic but in all the excitement of arriving in a new place, it’s not unusual for international students to forget about them.

Eat

We all know that eating the right sort of food is important, but how do you do this when your mother isn’t cooking for you and you only have a student budget?

I rely on my student accommodation arrangements for my main meals. If you’re in a Hall of Residence make sure you leave time to prepare dinner and always get up in time to have breakfast. If you’re living with a host family in a homestay you may have meals included, so take full advantage! A home cooked meal from your host family may just what you need to keep your energy levels up.

In between meals, I try to find healthy snacks. Fruit and vegetables are often reduced in price an hour before a supermarket closes, so you can pick up some bargains by shopping later at night. Just be aware that you’ll have to eat what you buy within a couple of days as they reduce the items that are close to their expiry dates.

Markets are also a great place to pick up lots of fresh fruit and vegetables at a lower price! You can buy seasonal goods at a fraction of the price! Always speak to the market trader to find the best deal.

Sleep

It can be difficult to sleep in a new environment, whether you are staying with a host family, in a hall of residence or in an apartment or house share, there is nothing like your own bed! You are living with other people who have different routines and who might be making noise at times when you want to rest. The best and cheapest solution: a pair of ear plugs!

I also try to limit the number of late nights. It’s so common for students to experience sleep deprivation because they are staying up all night to socialise or to study. Of course you should enjoy yourself but make sure you give yourself a couple of early nights per week.

Exercise

If you’re going to keep up your strength and get the most from your London stay then you need to give yourself the opportunity to get some exercise.

Some Halls of Residence have a gym, but if yours doesn’t then I suggest you take up running. This is free and I have found it to be a great way to see the city. Almost all student accommodation will be close to one of London’s many beautiful parks, or if you’re on the South Bank you can jog along the Embankment.

All these tips are things you probably already know – it’s just common sense. But I know from experience that it can be hard to remember to do them when you are away from home for the first time. So it never hurts to refresh your memory and take steps to keep your mind and body healthy.

Your student accommodation should be the place where you can rest, eat well and feel at home. Britannia Student Services has a range of options that can offer you all these comforts and more. Get in touch with us and we’ll help you find your London base.

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