A blog about everything HEALTH!

So it’s just about that time of the year when all you can think about is the freedom that you will have after finishing that last exam. If you like to party, maybe you’re thinking about what drinks you’ll be having on the last day of finals or the bar/club you’re going to hit up. Or maybe you’re thinking about all of the Netflix that you’re going to watch, the amount of junk food you are going to binge on…

Whatever it may be, ENJOY IT! 🙂 But there’s ways to go about doing these things responsibly, safely and proportionally.

As the title of this blog says, this post pretty much covers a little bit about every aspect of health particularly relevant to students, just in case you needed some resources or some extra information about things available through Ryerson and beyond Ryerson that you didn’t know about! This blog post isn’t here to intentionally lecture you about stuff you don’t care about. It’s here because by the odd chance that you have stumbled across it, you might find some of it useful for both the next 3 weeks of exams and post-exam freedom as well as in life.

  1. First let’s talk studying…Student Studying Sleeping on Books, Tired Girl Read Book, Library phone-studying
  • DISTRACTIONS:
    • The. Phone. Away. You know that once you find something interesting on Facebook or Instagram, you’re going to creep it for at least 30 minutes and that’s 30 minutes that you probably could have using studying. Turn it on silent so that you can’t hear every notification you get.
    • If you don’t need the internet while you are studying, it might be good to turn off your internet access so you aren’t tempted to do the exact same thing on your computer- or go study in a different environment that isn’t your comfortable bed that actually doesn’t offer WiFi!
    • If you are at home and your parents are asking you to do chores or your sibblings are driving you nuts, don’t attack them but straight up tell them that they’re being distracting and that you need to study. If anything, tell them that you’ll do whatever they were asking when you need a study break! It’s hard to re-focus on something once you have been distracted, so just explain that to anyone bothering you (nicely, of course!).
    • Use online tools to help you keep everything organized. Maybe make a study schedule for yourself, that way you can regulate when you want to take breaks or make dinner etc.
    • Resource: https://personalexcellence.co/blog/overcome-study-distractions/
  • MENTAL HEALTH COPING:
    • Only YOU know yourself, and therefore you know that you can only push yourself so far when it comes to studying. It’s so important that you get to know your limits and when you’ve had enough, because no test, exam or course is worth really deteriorating your mental health.
    • Ryerson offers same-day counselling appointments, so if you need a break and need to talk to someone, they are here to help. Here is how to book an appointment: http://www.ryerson.ca/healthandwellness/counselling/students/
    • If counselling in person isn’t for you and you’d rather keep things more confidential and over-the-phone, there’s several other numbers that you can call. http://www.ryerson.ca/healthandwellness/counselling/students/If_You_are_in_Crisis/
  • PHYSICAL HEALTH AND DIET:
    • I made a blog post last week about quick or easy meals to make during exams. Like I mentioned, eating and keeping your body full of nutrients is particularily essential during final exams. You need to consider the fact that your brain is working overtime, therefore eating less or eating crappy foods are really not helping your brain or your body with this extra amount of stress. Refer to that blog post for some meals that I have personal made, or… http://startcooking.com/10-tips-for-healthy-eating-during-exams
    • I know you probably don’t have time to work out or get much physical activity during exams… but if you can find 20 or 30 minutes to get in a good cardio pump its SO worth it! You’ll not only feel awake after (without caffeine), you’ll feel refreshed and can really focus back on studying now that you have gotten your brain off of it and given your body something to do besides sit in a chair. http://www.wikihow.com/Improve-Your-Study-Routine-with-Exercise
  • RYERSON WORKSHOPS:
    • Ryerson offers several workshops through Student Learning Support, all for FREE and you can attend 3 every week! Browse through the website to see what’s for you- both individual sessions and group sessions included! http://www.ryerson.ca/studentlearningsupport/

 

  1. Next let’s talk partying…
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  •  ALCOHOL:
    • You’re done exams (or maybe you’re taking a break mid-exams for some drinks), and you’re ready to drink. There’s nothing wrong with celebrating or going out on a random weeknight with some friends for a drink, but what does matter is KNOWING YOUR LIMITS.
    • This probably isn’t your first time drinking, so maybe you do know your limits, however it’s really easy to surpass your limits and have a drink or two too many. To safely drink, follow these tips: http://www.ccsa.ca/Resource%20Library/2012-Canada-Low-Risk-Alcohol-Drinking-Guidelines-Brochure-en.pdf
    • Remember that the day after you will probably seem fuzzy or hazy, so obviously its recommended to avoid drinking if you need to study the next day. And that’s where the topic of addictions comes in…
    • As mentioned, Ryerson has same-day counselling that could be something that you could look into if you believe alcohol is becoming somewhat of an addiction to you. There are other resources attached to this page alongside counselling, so please take a look or share with someone you know that this may be applicable to: http://www.ryerson.ca/healthandwellness/healthpromotion/sharp/body/alcohol-and-drugs/
  • DRUGS:
  • SAFE SEX:
    • As you may or may not know, Dec. 1st is World AIDS Day, so lets just focus on this particular disease that can be transmitted via unprotected sex. Practising safe sex is so important not only to you and your partner, but any of your future partners or their future partners, and so on!
      • HIV is a virus that can weaken your immune system, therefore deteriorating your ability to defend against disease and illness in the future.
      • You can have HIV without knowing it, but then it may sneak up on you months or years later and who knows how many people you have infected at that point!
      • There is NO CURE for HIV. But there is treatment, however this treatment is very intensive and must be taken daily to keep the virus under control.
      • Everyone is susceptible to HIV. And the only way of preventing it is by practicing safe sex to prevent the sharing/spreading of blood, semen, rectal fluid and vaginal fluid.
      • CATIE is an excellent confidential resource that you can check out for any questions that you may have and any other information you would need to know about HIV prevention and treatment.
      • http://www.catie.ca/en/basics/hiv-and-aids#what
    • In addition to HIV there are tons of other sexually transmitted diseases that can be passed. Ryerson’s Medical Centre offers testing for STI’s with just a single phone call and an appointment. Please be sure to bring your One-card and health card. Visit 181 KHW or call 416-979-5070 to book an appointment today.
    • Off camps, the Hassle Free Clinic offers a variety of counselling and medical services related to sexual health for both women and trans-people. Located at 66 Gerrard St. East. Call 416-323-9986 to book an appointment TODAY!

 

I hope that this blog didn’t seem to direct or too annoyingly educational, but SO many students don’t know of the amazing resources that we offer here at Ryerson and that are offered via phones all over the province and the healthcare centre’s located in Toronto as well! Continue to educate yourself on the basics of health and expand on whatever that basic health issue may be when the time comes.

Talk to you later RAMS!