Balance your studies while attending to other life commitments


Health: top priority

Whether your major is music, engineering or business administration, it’s best to prioritise your own health to be able to balance life. Take care of your personal health by developing specific practices. Do your best to eat well. You can do this by making sure to incorporate fruits and vegetables into every single meal.

You should also make an effort to drink enough water every day. You should be drinking nearly 2l of water. That might sound a lot and you might have to work up to the point where you can take in that much water if you’re not used to doing so. You’ll be able to do so, however, as you track your water intake (this can be done via an app).

Exercise is also an extremely important part of your health. It may sound hard to fit in the time to do that, but it’s possible. Most university campuses have gyms where students can work out. Check to see if your university has any type of athletics facility available for you to use. If so, take advantage of it! Schedule in some time to go work out at least three times a week.


Stay in communication with others

It can be really easy to get bogged down by all of your studies that you start stepping away from your relationships. Perhaps you haven’t called home or gone and seen your family in a while. Maybe you haven’t been hanging out with friends either. However, these are the people who support and love you. By interacting with them, you’ll be able to feel that and that can have a positive impact on your mental health. Because of this, communication is very important.

Don’t allow your studies to isolate you. They’re important, yes, but maintaining your relationships is too. Just make sure to not schedule get-togethers around high-stress academic commitments like midterms or finals. Yet, let yourself know that it’s okay to give yourself a break to talk to and laugh with your family and friends every now and then.

Maintaining balance is so important during your college years. If you can’t take control and manage all of your life commitments alongside your studies, you might not do too well in school and that can actually affect your future career. Taking the step to discipline yourself now will pay off in the long run.


Special thanks to Hannah Whittenly for providing us with this article. Hannah is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys kayaking and reading books by the lake. You can follow Hannah on Twitter.