Eat, Sleep, Meditate Repeat…
After an action packed second year of studying, working and partying, I have come to appreciate that balance is the key to any fulfilled and healthy student life. In ensuring that I made the most of this glorious opportunity as a student at Leicester University, I decided to introduce a number of principles based on eating healthily, sleeping well and last but not least… Meditating! Below I have detailed my three top tips for living in Leicester as a student. Enjoy!
1. ‘Consume as part of a balanced diet’ – The significance of a balanced diet is often swept to one side by the thought of cheap and easy take-away foods. But with the extensive selection of fresh vegetables and cheap meats that are on offer only 10 minutes walk away from the University Campus at Leicester Market, you’ll be able to stock up a weeks worth of dinner for under £20! Whilst also prompting an ideal opportunity to wind down from a busy day of studying through some therapeutic cooking! I found it useful to cook one big signature dish at the start of the week, then store it into small plastic containers, ready to eat on the walk to University, after a Gym workout or when on your lunch break. It’s cheaper, healthier and leaves you free to experiment with your cooking style.
2. ‘The worst thing in the world is to try to sleep and not to’ – It may come as a shock to find that the second in my list of tips is related to sleep. For student life is often perceived by those of an older generation, to only consist of nothing more than than the stuff. But since watching a highly insightful ‘TED Talk’ (link below) upon the effects of sleep deprivation, it quickly became apparent that i was far from even attaining the minimum sleep requirements as a student. I then began to trade the late nights in the library studying or catching up on ‘House of Cards’ until the early hours of the next morning, for good quality sleep. In doing so, I shortly became more productive, happier and healthier.
3. Meditation – Built upon the foundations of these three principles is the art of Meditation. Giving yourself the opportunity to have 10 minutes of time each morning or evening to simply pause your way of thinking, can be the key to unlocking an array of profound life-style benefits. Here are the top five benefits that I have found from a year of meditating:
-Improvement to the functioning of the brain
-Increased appreciation for life and opportunities
-Improved metabolism and immunity
-Improved quality of sleep
TED Talks related to the topics mentioned in this post: