Health Wellbeing

Be Healthy – a way to wellbeing

This May and June, the wellbeing spotlight is on Be Healthy. It seems pretty straightforward and self-explanatory that being healthy is good for us as it’s about, well….being healthy! But we’re not just talking about making healthy choices with food, eating more fruit and veg and cutting down on caffeine. Being healthy covers a variety of different areas, and throughout May will be looking at these.

Each week during May, we’ll take a closer look at things that can help you be healthy. Drinking enough water, eating well for less, finding a sleep routine and thinking about brain health. And to stimulate your interest we’ll also be running competitions and giving away freebies to encourage looking after yourself.

Food Health

It would be hard to talk about being healthy without talking about food. However, we’re not talking about fad diets. Eating healthily is about figuring out what works for you. Everybody is different, so it’s about finding balanced healthy meals that work for you (and your budget), while treating yourself once in a while. It’s all about moderation.

Keep an eye out for our competition to win some Sous Chef cooking sets.

Brain Health

As the saying goes, ‘a healthy body, a healthy mind’. Not only does eating a balanced diet keep you physically fit, it can also support a healthy brain. Not only that but certain foods such as blueberries, nuts and oily fish may help improve brain power. Pass the almonds please!

Alongside snacking on blueberries, exercising your brain will keep it healthy. Doing brainteasers, Sudoku, Crosswords or even a pub quiz regularly will keep you on your toes.

If you’re up for some brain teasers keep an eye out for our daily brainteasers during the week beginning 6 May.

Staying Hydrated

This ones sometimes easy to overlook, but choosing healthier drinks is a key part to getting a balanced diet right. Many soft drinks can be high in sugar, and drinking lots of high caffeinated energy drinks and coffee during revision can happen easily.

The NHS Eatwell Guide says we should drink around 6 to 8 glasses of fluid a day. Water is a healthy and cheap choice for staying hydrated – it has no calories and contains no sugars that can damage your teeth.

To encourage staying hydrated will be giving away free refillable water bottles mid May.

It’s also especially important to be healthy and take care of yourself as we move into exam period. Getting enough sleep, eating the right foods and staying well hydrated can boost your energy and helps you feel your best – meaning you can smash that revision.

Sleep

One of the most effective things for being healthy is getting enough sleep. This can be hard especially when you have lots to do, or another Netflix series to watch. However getting into a good sleep routine can boost energy levels and improve your productivity. It takes a while to get into a sleep routine but once you do you’ll certainly see the benefits.

This month to help you create your own sleep routine we’ll be running a prize draw to win a limited number of sleep packs.

The main thing to remember is trying not to tackle everything at once. It’s all about moderation, making small changes and finding what works for you and helps you feel your best.

Stay up to date with the competitions and giveaways on Students at Manchester.

To find out more about Be Healthy and the Six Ways to Wellbeing visit the Six Ways to Wellbeing website.