With a student’s busy schedule working, studying and attending classes, it can be difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle and have the sufficient energy to fulfill every day needs.
According to an article in Fitness Magazine, things that affect someone’s energy and how they feel include irregular sleep, stress, slouching, exercise and eating foods with lots of sugars.
However, the article includes some steps that a student can take to have more energy throughout the day.
Katie Dunne, a junior studying exercise physiology, said it’s important to eat well in order to have better concentration in class.
“Eating is important when you go to school,” Dunne said. “When you don’t eat a good meal, you don’t have much energy, and classes seem harder to get through.”
In addition, Sarah Tanner, a junior studying English, said it is important to eat enough in order to have energy to get through the day.
The result of a lack of sustenance will be feelings of fatigue.
“It is very important to eat well because without energy or a source of energy, your body will hoard the energy it has and slow down your metabolism,” Tanner said. “Without adequate energy, it is harder to remain healthy.”
According to a study conducted by the University of Michigan, lack of sleep or fatigue can also affect energy levels, which correlates to a student’s ability to learn. This can affect concentration and memory.
The Mayo Clinic found that stress can affect the amount of energy a person has.
Ways to minimize stress to avoid compromising one’s physical health and energy include thinking positively, being involved socially, using your time wisely, meditating and keeping calm in difficult situations, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Megan Baker, a freshman studying English, said she keeps her stress levels to a minimum and manages her schedule so she has less to worry about in the future.
“I like to make a list of all the things I need to get done, then pray and read my scriptures for extra sport,” Baker said. “I prefer to get everything done and out of the way, so I don’t stress about it later.”