healthy-people-woman-girl-large With all the studying, assignments and classes, it can be hard to think about anything other than your degree while you’re at university. It’s easy to forget to look after yourself and your own needs. But, no matter how busy you are, you’ve got to care for yourself. Here are seven ways you should be doing that. Eating properly You need to give your brain and body the fuel it needs to thrive. As much as you may enjoy cheeseburgers and pizza, you can’t eat junk food for every meal. Make sure to have proper nutrients in your daily diet and stop skipping breakfast. Exercising This is something that some people think only matters if you want the perfect body. But that’s not the case. Exercise is important if you want to feel good and have enough energy to make it through the day without taking a nap. Taking care of your health Eating properly and exercising are great for your health. But you also need to be prepared in case anything bad happens. You may never get ill, but you could end up in an accident. So research medical health insurance in South Africa if you’re currently not covered. Budgeting Taking care of yourself includes taking care of your finances. You have to ensure that you’re able to make it through the month without struggling to buy groceries. Getting into the habit of budgeting now will become a huge asset later on in your life. Rethinking toxic friendships There’s no need to remain friends with people who don’t care about you or create drama in your life. You may think you have to remain on good terms with them because you don’t want a huge fight, but you don’t have to. Toxic friendships drain your energy and attack your self-esteem. Learning to say “no” You can’t do everything for everyone else. You can’t attend every party and agree to every favour. You need to learn to say “no”. Don’t do things that upset you or set you back. You can’t help a friend move if you have a test the next day. It’s about putting yourself first. Managing your time There are only 24 hours in a day and you have to use them wisely, especially when you’re a student. So, cut out time-wasters by creating a schedule or keeping your calendar updated on your phone. Image: Pexels