As an online student, you may not face the perils of the cafeteria or the vending machine. You do, however, have a variety of challenges that do not target traditional college students. Thankfully, you also have the freedom to tackle these challenges head-on. Keep the following suggestions in mind as you prepare for a happier and healthier 2017.
1. Wash Your Hands
Hand washing is just as important for online students as it is for those in the classroom. Any time you prepare food or visit the bathroom, you should wash your hands.
Did you know that washing hands can reduce respiratory illnesses by 16-21%?
2. Disinfect Your Keyboard
You may wash your hands religiously, but you’ll still be vulnerable to a variety of illnesses if you fail to disinfect your keyboard. Invest in disinfectant wipes and keep them within reach.
Did you know that disinfectants have only been used since the late 19th century?
3. Take Regular Breaks
Sitting too long can harm your posture, destroy your metabolism, and make it all but impossible to focus. Get up for at least a few minutes each hour and go for a walk.
Did you know that walking can improve your mood and guarantees A’s in all of your classes? Okay, only one of those things is true.
4. Limit Eye Strain
Your eyes may grow weary after hours of staring at a screen. Upgrade your display and adjust computer settings so as to minimize glare. Blink often and look away from the screen regularly.
Did you know that you can exercise your eyes to help reduce eye strain?
5. Drink Plenty of Water
As an online student, you should have no trouble getting the water you need. You can get up whenever you want to refill your water bottle or use the restroom.
Did you know that your brain made up of 90% water and drinking offers other health benefits?
6. Use Good Posture
Do away with slouching and sit up straight. Adjust your keyboard and the height of your chair as needed. Your screen may also need to be adjusted so that your head can remain in a neutral position.
Did you know that sitting up straight can do wonders for your appearance?
7. Invest In An Ergonomic Chair
Posture will only take you so far if you sit in a problematic chair. Reduce both short and long-term back pain by investing in a high-quality ergonomic chair.
Did you know that ergonomics comes from the Greek word ‘ergon’ which means ‘work’?
After a long session in front of the computer, be sure to stretch out your body. Consider enrolling in a yoga class — this will encourage you to stretch while also delivering much-needed peace of mind.
9. Cut The Snacking
Munching is not okay sitting in a traditional lecture, so why do it sitting at your computer? Keep the food in your kitchen — this will minimize mindless grazing.
10. Don’t Forget Mental Health
Mental health is just as important as physical health, particularly for online students. When your coursework occurs online, it’s easy to get stressed out or feel isolated. Develop a solid support system and don’t be afraid to reach out for help when the going gets tough.
Did you know that even brief breaks from a task can help improve your focus?