I love science – it’s like being able to explain the magic of the universe, and you get to blow stuff up (a few of my favorite things). One thing I remember, from both AP Biology and AP Psychology, is the linkage between mental and physical health. People who are physically sick, are much more likely to have mental health problems, and visa versa. This makes sense – I’m not gonna feel joy and butterflies when my leg is broken, you know?
But, it can also be subtler than that. Not having regular eight hours of sleep makes you more likely to eat foods packed with sugar and salt, which makes it harder to concentrate, and also makes you more likely to break out. When you can’t concentrate, you have to stay up late to finish the homework that only should have taken an hour to complete, and then you don’t have your eight hours yet again. It’s a vicious cycle, no?
So, here is my advice, for all those students/people in the workforce out there:
Check up on both your physical and mental health.
Make sure you are drinking enough water, getting enough sleep, eating enough protein, getting your vitamins, and have a regular fitness regime.
Make sure you are hanging out with people you look forward to seeing, you are taking classes/doing a job you love (or at least mostly love), and that you call your family once in a while.
It’s the small things that make the biggest difference. Let me know how these tips work for you, and what you do to stay both mentally and physically fit!