Eating well is fundamental to your health and wellbeing. It helps you to maintain a healthy weight, improve your immunity, reduce your risk of lifestyle diseases and keep your energy levels all day. But what does that look like?
Plan meals and snacks around colourful vegetables, fruits and wholegrains to protect your health. Add protein and iron rich foods like lean meat, fish, poultry, eggs, nuts, seeds and beans. Milk, yogurt and cheese can also contribute to your protein. Focus on heart healthy fats like avocado, nuts, seeds and olive oil.
Everything in moderation is ok, however too much sugar, caffeine, saturated fat and salt can have a negative impact on your health, sleep, energy levels and overall wellbeing. Try to limit consuming foods with low nutritional value, like chocolate, lollies, potato chips and energy drinks.
There are many factors to keeping your body healthy, including:
As a student, you will spend a large part of your day sitting either in lectures or at a computer doing assignments, which can have a negative impact on how your body feels. Taking the time to move your body outside of your study time can have great benefits to both your physical and mental health and lower your risk of disease. All UniSA campuses have gyms that are quite cheap for students to use, as well as many sporting clubs that you may be able to join.
City East – Centenary Building, Level 2
City West – Pridham Hall
Mawson Lakes – Building B
Magill – E Building (off Bundey Street)
UniSA Sporting Clubs:
Sexual health involves the physical aspects of sexual relationships, pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). But it is also about how to build healthy relationships. Please see the SA Health Fact Sheet 6 on Sexual Health here for further information.
Taken from SAPOL Website: https://www.police.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0017/2690/Personal-Safety.pdf
Alcohol is a socially acceptable and widely used recreational drug in Australia. Many students choose to use alcohol when celebrating, socialising or relaxing and having fun. There are some benefits to moderate consumption of alcohol, however, overuse or abuse of alcohol can have many negative effects on your health, wellbeing, and your study at CELUSA SAIBT.
How much you drink or whether you drink at all is your choice. It is worth knowing that the choices you make about alcohol will affect your:
Here are Australian guidelines on managing your alcohol intake.
If you’re a healthy adult:
You can prepare yourself to make healthy choices and informed decisions about alcohol by understanding alcohol-related harm and ways to reduce it.
No level of alcohol consumption can be considered safe for everyone, and regular consumption can have long term health effects. Click this link for more information.
CELUSA SAIBT offer a counselling service for students, free of charge, and available from Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm. You can book an appointment by email, by phone or you can drop into the office:
Outside of study hours there are a range of support services offered by the Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia (DASSA) which can be accessed at the SA Health website here.
There are many alternative options to reduce study stress whilst keeping your body healthy and avoiding alcohol. If you like to know more please visit Benefits of Exercise.
As a student, you may have many competing demands including doing well in your studies, balancing work, family and social commitments, financial pressure and if you are new to Adelaide, you may even be adjusting to a new living environment.
Life can be stressful and learning to manage this stress can be key to your happiness and wellbeing. It helps to find study methods that work for you, take regular breaks from study sessions, stay physically active, eat well and stay hydrated. You can also manage stress by being prepared and organised, attending your classes, starting assignments and readings early.
Balance your commitments. It is important to have a life outside study, including social connections, family and cultural connections, spiritual fulfilment and work. Each of these areas provides a sense of belonging, purpose, helps to reduce stress, increase happiness and improve your sense of confidence and self-worth.
SAIBT provide many opportunities to help you make social connections, become a student leader and help you look for a job. Please keep an eye on your student email account for communication about these events or contact our student experience officer Jodie:
Phone: 0459 164 188
Room: B5-12B, Brookman Building – UniSA City East
Staying up late increases your stress levels and you may not do your best work when you’re tired. Getting enough, good quality sleep is important to ensure you feel and perform your best. You can achieve this by:
If you need help with any of these things please contact the SAIBT counsellor Leeanne:
Phone: 0491 052 487
Room: B5-12A, Brookman Building – UniSA City East
A good study environment can help you succeed in your studies. It is helpful to think about making your study space a comfortable, quiet environment that allows you to concentrate, is set up well to ensure you can sit comfortably for long periods of time, has sources of natural light and enough air flow to be both a comfortable temperature and provides you with fresh air.
Learn how to set up your study space: SafeWork SA Office Workstation Checklist
A living space that makes you feel good can also help to keep your mind and body healthy. A healthy living space would ideally be:
Plants and fresh flowers can also bring life to a space. Some varieties also help keep the air clean!