How to Take Care of Your Health as a Student in Foreign Land (United Kingdom)?

 December 23rd, 2016    No Comments

If you are a student from a country with a tropical climate, you might face certain difficulties while adjusting to the climate of cold regions like that of the UK. Migrating to a new country for higher studies opens a large number of opportunities for personal growth; you get introduced to new cultures, landmarks, ethics, and world-class education systems and on top of that you get to explore the nooks and corners of the place all by yourself. When it comes to the United Kingdom there are a plethora of things in store for a student, i.e., from studying in some of the top universities to getting the exposure to meet people from all the around the world, which makes it a wonderful experience. Sounds exciting, ain’t it?

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However, somewhere down the line, you start feeling homesick and that desire to meet your family and friends back in your native country creeps in. Starting a new life in a foreign land has its perks and some major disadvantages most of which revolve around your health. You don’t have your close ones to take care of you during the time when you feel a little under the weather, and eventually, the only support you have is yourself. Secondly, if you have limited finances you might need to work a little extra to support yourself along with the focus on academics. Also, consuming the staple diet of the British can prove to be challenging.

If you are staying in a bachelor’s accommodation or even alone in the UK, here are a few basic tips to help you manage your well-being. Take a glance through them to know more –

1. Opt for organic food products rather than the ones with preservatives and chemical substances.

British cuisine has varied flavors, culinary techniques and there are a large number of dishes which you can choose to experiment to satisfy your taste buds if you are a gourmand. But since, a foreign student’s primary concern is to maintain his/her health you can choose to rely on the local fruits, vegetables, and even meat if you are a non-vegetarian for your meal. Instead, of using the canned food products, you should opt for the fresh ingredients and cook them all by yourself. Also, dietitians recommend the use of whole grain products and low-fat dairy food items. Remember, the phrase ‘Eat smart-be smart’ to avoid health complications.

2. Take out some time from your daily schedule to exercise

Exercising is necessary to keep you fit and healthy – be it physically or mentally, therefore, make sure you take out some time every single day entirely dedicated to various forms of exercising. It doesn’t matter if you can’t afford the gym as a student, but as an alternative, you can opt for running and brisk walking in the public park, learn from the videos about Pilates and Yoga and imbibe the various postures in your daily routine. It is scientifically proved now that regular practise of Yoga is very beneficial for students ans it helps in improving their physical as well as mental strength. Since the weather remains pretty cold in the UK, you should choose some hardcore exercises to improve your strength and metabolism. You can also experiment with the exercises every day so that you do not feel monotonous and bored.

3. Get your medical insurance done

The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) provides health services and other benefits for the foreign students in case they need medical treatment. Ask the British Embassy in your native country to issue you the necessary medical certificates. Moreover, the college or university in which you might have applied for can help you in such matters and offer you assistance in finding a suitable doctor or a health service agent. You need to ask them about the possible support they can provide you in this context.

4. Make sure you take plenty of rest after your work schedule

Ensure that you sleep well. Adjusting to the new time zone might take some time, but you will get used to it. Resting your mind is important to recharge the mental strength and start the day which fresh ideas. Students often have the pressure of examinations and tests because of which they spend long hours studying for them. Inadequate sleep can affect your health severely, so make sure you have at least 6-7 hours dedicated to proper sleep.

5. Meditate to relax yourself

Meditation has long-term benefits− it not only improves your focus and concentration powers but also relaxes your mind and body. Take out 5 minutes daily during the initial stages and increase it subsequently as you feel comfortable. After some time, you will be surprised to see the positive results both academically and personally.

Living in a foreign country can feel a bit daunting at times as you are away from the people who can support you during the difficult times. But, the experience can be rejoicing if you know how to take care of your health and adopt the lifestyle in the process. Hope these tips might have encouraged you to some extent. Have a happy stay!

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