7 Tips For a Healthy Study/Life Balance

PerlegoBy Perlego7th January 20209 Minutes

Everyone talks about ‘work/life’ balance, but what about that precarious ‘study/life’ balance? Finding out how to toe the line between not burning-out, but also pushing yourself in a healthy way can be tough when you’re at university. There’s no office to be kicked out of, no work hours to keep you in line; but hopefully, these tips will help you get a little closer to ensuring that you challenge yourself, but also enjoy these years to the fullest. 

 

Workin’ 9-to-5

This may be the single most important tip we can give out to those at university, or just starting. It’s not glamorous, it’s not exciting, and it certainly doesn’t live up to the stereotypes of all-nighters and energy-drink fixes. Take inspiration from Dolly Parton and start hustling at uni like it’s the job you’ve always dreamt of. Consistently begin and end your day at a similar time, giving you the opportunity to build in a strong routine. You’ll end up having the whole weekend free allowing you to completely switch off and gloat to all your friends that are doing their week’s reading in a panic-induced state on Sunday. 

 

Plan, baby, plan 

CEOs don’t begin their day with absolutely no clue as to what they will be working on, and in the same vein, neither will you. For some, planning out their studying may entail allocating a certain amount of time to each subject, but for others study goals may be more useful. To each their own. But the bottom-line remains the same – do not make it up as you go along, and you’ll find you end up being far more productive and efficient than you would have been otherwise. Find many more secrets of productivity here

 

I like to move it, move it

We don’t mean hitting the weights at the gym for a grueling session each and every day, but just finding some way (a gentle one if need be) to move your body for at least 20 mins per day. This could be a walk around the block to get yourself some chocolate, or even dancing in your living room following an especially inspiring episode of Ru Paul’s Drag Race (what, just us?). You’ll feel instantly more alive and capable of sitting down to study for the next few hours, because not only does it improve your physical health, but your mental as well. 

 

Start a morning routine 

You don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn, with the larks (or pigeons if you live in London) to be able to benefit from a morning routine. In fact, why don’t you just read this book here to understand exactly why a morning routine is so useful – whether you get up at 6, or at 9 (AM, that is). Some people plan out their morning routine to the minute, but it can be as simple as taking the time to make yourself a nice breakfast and sitting down with a coffee to prepare yourself to face the rest of the day head-on. 

 

Perfect the evening routine

Not much gets said about the evening routine (most definitely eclipsed by the morning and bedtime routines), but this one can be equally as important as the others. It’s vital to pay some attention to what you do once you’ve finished your day of studying, so you don’t fall onto the sofa like a beached whale. Maybe this is when you go for a walk or have a boogie on your own. Maybe you’ll find an intriguing recipe that you want to try out, so give yourself the time to do that. Do something that is not only enjoyable but also encourages you to look after yourself after a tough day. 

 

Treat yo’ self

Ok, before you desperately rush out the door, credit card in tow, treating yourself isn’t just about buying shiny new things and going into your overdraft. Why not create a list of around 10 things that make you feel happy, calm or content. Dip into this list whenever you feel the need to, and do something just for yourself. 

Let us know if you try any of these, or if you have any other suggestions!