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Tip #1 - Exercise

Try doing some physical activity - its a great way of keeping your body fit and improving your emotional wellbeing. 

Why not try out SocialSport at the University of Sheffield? Its a great way to meet other people too. 

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Tip #2 - Eat well

Remember your 5-a-day. Eat 5 portions of fresh fruit or vegetables. 

A good diet improves energy levels and concentration!

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Tip #3 - Look after your teeth

Good oral hygiene doesn't just help you have a lovely smile, its important for your general health. Poor oral health leads to gum disease, smelly breath and is associated with an increased risk of heart attacks. 

Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Remember to have a dental check up at least once per year. 

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Tip #5 - Ditch the fags

If you smoke then it's time to think about quitting. 

Stopping smoking is the single greatest thing you can to improve your health. It will also save your a fortune! 

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Tip #5 - Go easy on the booze

For many students, alcohol is integral to the university experience. Remember it is ok to not get drunk too! 

Excessive alcohol consumption can make your mood worsen, make you more anxious and damage your body. Getting drunk can also be annoying to other people, increases your chances of an accident or injury and give you a dreadful hangover. 

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Tip #6 - Make sure you are up to date with your vaccines

Meningitis and measles are nasty illness which can easily be prevented by keeping up to date with your vaccinations. Ask your GP if you need these doing. They are free to all students. 

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Tip #7 - Don't take drugs

Taking drugs can be seriously dangerous. You can never be quite sure what you're taking. Recreational and habitual drug use is associated with increased risks of mental health problems, can damage your body and kill. 

If you are going to take drugs, then speak with the Sheffield Non-opiates Service (info can be found on the ShefUniHealth smartphone app) for advice on minimising your harm.

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Tip #8 - Sleep well

Sleep is an important function for all living creatures. It helps your body to repair. It helps your mind to process and reorganise information. 

People up to the age of 25 will typically need 7 -10 hours of sleep per day.

Sleeping well with help with concentration, study skills and improve your emotional wellbeing.  

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Tip #9 - Learn to self care

Learning to self care is a life long skill. Self care is about proactively doing things to help your health but also knowing what to do when things aren't right: first aid, visiting the pharmacy or going to see a doctor. 

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