Assess your present knowledge and attitudes.
|1. I usually eat well and maintain my weight at an appropriate level.|
|2. I get enough regular exercise to consider myself healthy.|
|3. I get enough restful sleep and feel alert throughout the day.|
|4. My attitudes and habits involving smoking, alcohol, and drugs are beneficial to my health.|
|5. I am coping in a healthy way with the everyday stresses of being a student.|
|6. I am generally a happy person.|
|7. I am comfortable with my sexual values and my knowledge of safe sex practices.|
|8. I understand how all of these different health factors interrelate and affect my academic success as a student.|
Think about how you answered the questions above. Be honest with yourself. On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your level of personal health at this time?
|Not very healthy||Very healthy|
In the following list, circle the three most important areas of health in which you think you can improve:
Are there other areas in which you can improve your physical, emotional, and mental health and become happier? Write down other things you feel you need to work on.
Here’s what we’ll work on in this chapter:
Health and wellness are important for everyone—students included. Not only will you do better in school when your health is good, but you’ll be happier as a person. And the habits you develop now will likely persist for years to come. That means that what you’re doing now in terms of personal health will have a huge influence on your health throughout life and can help you avoid many serious diseases.
Considerable research has demonstrated that the basic elements of good health—nutrition, exercise, not abusing substances, stress reduction—are important for preventing disease. You’ll live much longer and happier than someone without good habits. Here are a few of the health problems whose risks can be lowered by healthful habits:
Wellness is more than just avoiding disease. Wellness involves feeling good in every respect, in mind and spirit as well as in body. Good health habits also offer these benefits for your college career:
This chapter examines a wide range of topics, from nutrition, exercise, and sleep to substance abuse and risks related to sexual activity. All of these involve personal attitudes and behaviors. And they are all linked together to one of the biggest problems students face: stress.
Everyone knows about stress, but not everyone knows how to control it. Stress is the great enemy of college success. But once you’ve learned how to reduce it where you can and cope with unavoidable stress, you’ll be well on the road to becoming the best student you can be.