Health and Safety
College poses many challenges for students; multiple exams on the same day, late night study sessions that sabotage your sleeptime, poor eating habits, an endless stream of coffee, carbonated and no-sleep designer drinks. You need to attend social and community events, show support for Molloy's athletes by attending games and still find time to simply hanging out with new friends. You may be young but the combination of all these things challenges your ability to perform to the best of your ability. Your commute to and from the campus safely may be compromised and in the long term, college life may pose health risks. Remember, youth doesn't protect you from health issues.
There is a connection between health, safety and success. The better you feel, the better you will perform! Here are some helpful hints from those who care about you:
- Eat a healthy breakfast. It's important to feed your engine and start your day off right. As you know, the days pass quickly. If possible, carry a healthy snack with you at all times. A piece of fruit or health bar will keep you going until you can sit down and eat a proper meal.
- Hydrate! Water is essential to good health. Regardless of the temperature outside, your body loses water daily. You should drink water throughout the day. It is a much healthier alternative to liquids designed for a quick boost of energy.
- Eat in Moderation. Portion size is a must! Studies have shown that people eat more when transfixed in front of the television or social media. Take your time and savor what you eat! It will help with digestion and contribute to better health.
- Wash your hands when possible and use the hand sanitizers around campus. Germs are everywhere. While it is impossible to be germ free, clean hands are essential to good health.
- Quit smoking immediately. Immediately!
- Regarding alcohol, ask yourself one simple question: "Do I drink alcohol because I actually like the taste or do I do it to fit in?" If your current crowd criticizes you for being strong enough to say, "No," find another crowd. It won't be hard to do.
- Please remember a sip of alcohol is too much to drive. As the television commercial states, "Buzzed driving is drunk driving."
- Take a walk. When possible, walk to your location. Any amount of exercise can improve your overall health. Heart health is important, even for college students. When you walk, be aware of your surroundings. Try to walk during the day and do not become distracted by your cell phone or other devices. Do not text and walk! When possible (especially during the evening hours), take a friend along. You'll be surprised how much distance you covered by simply conversing.
- Stop by the Fitness Center. Our center is not only a great way to either start the ball or continue the ball rolling to better health and appearance, but it's also a great way to develop new friendships and supports! The tough part is getting there. Once there, it will be just as hard to leave!
College students do not get enough sleep. According to the World Health Association, in order to maintain health, eight hours of sleep is recommended. Consider taking a quick "cat nap" when you can or try to fit a 20 to 30 minute power nap into your day. Remember it's not only about academic performance, it's also about the safe operation of your vehicle which can cause injury or death. Being the slightest bit tired decreases your reaction time and makes you more prone to errors and accidents.
Try to master time-management. If possible, avoid all-night cram sessions. Believe it or not, a rested mind is more capable of remembering than one that is sleep deprived. Also, if you have a roommate(s) talk to each other and know ahead of time when one of you needs to "recharge" your batteries.
Remember, there are no quick fixes in life and the long term health issues will eventually occur
- Your safety is tied to your health. Never walk away from your cup, glass, or plate! You never know who may put something in it whether purposely or by accident. If someone offers to buy you a drink that isn't secured in a bottle, accompany them and take it directly from the person.
- Check on your roommates and your friends. Are they back from the party, library, gym, etc.? Know an approximate time of return.
- Schedule a yearly physical. Regardless of gender, a routine exam can save your life. Ask your doctor about breast examinations and lifestyle choices.
- Distracted driving is life threatening. It's been said a million times, but don't operate any electronic device while operating a car. Do not text and drive. No one can multi-task while driving a car. On long trips, recognize the importance of the "navigator" seat. Two pairs of eyes are always better than one.
- Be good to yourself.Take a moment for a peaceful thought. Call a loved one or a friend. Stop and listen to the world around. Take a deep and relaxing full breath. Smile!
- Take a moment and listen to a beautiful song. See how music can take it down a notch for you. Music is good for the soul.
- Consider all the possibilities in life. Don't allow a stressful relationship to occupy your time.
- If you're in an abusive relationship, talk to someone you trust. Find your voice, break your silence. The loss of a relationship can be tough, however, love yourself and find your own peace. Go ahead and F. L. Y. (First Love Yourself).
- Take advantage of the College personal counseling center and services, Share a part of yourself - you don't have to do it alone.
- Why not volunteer? Become part of something greater than yourself. Make a difference.
- Believe in yourself. Remember a bad grade does not define you. Support yourself by reaching out for support. There was a reason you chose Molloy. Allow Molloy to give back to you.