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Begin Well


Sure there will be plenty of fun times during your college years ahead but it can also be very stressful. The pressure of your academics may take a toll on your mental and physical health if you don't take care of yourself early on. Here are some smart tips to help keep your stress at a more minimal level:

Stop studying. That may seem counter-intuitive but marathon study sessions can wear out your willpower and concentration. When you start feeling fatigued it's time to take a break and do something replenishing such as noshing on a healthy snack or taking a 10-20 minute walk. When you hit the books again you'll feel refreshed.

Give your mind a break. Stay in the present moment to alleviate anxiety and cut down on brain clutter. Daily meditation for as little as 20 minutes a day can help you develop your mindfulness muscle. Find a quiet place to sit, close your eyes, and focus on your breath, gently bringing your mind back whenever it wanders.

Make a list. Does it seem like everything is stressing you out? Make a list to pinpoint exactly what is making you feel so overwhelmed then rank them in order of importance. Crossing things off of a list has its own stress-reducing benefit.

Get your ZZZZZ's. This may be one of the most important tips of all. Most college students don't get enough sleep and studies have shown that getting 7-8 hours a night positively impacts academic performance. Naps as short as 15-20 minutes can also help you feel refreshed after a poor night's sleep.

Welcome Class of 2015!

To begin well, CHEW's WELL, CHEW's HEALTH!