As an incoming student to GMIT, you will tend to find yourself with endless amount of free time in the evenings after all those stressful lectures throughout the day. This may be an opportune time to address your physical health and get on top of things as early as possible in the academic year.
In GMIT we always do our best to encourage students to get involved in our many clubs and societies to maintain a reasonable level of physical health. Why not pop down to our Sports Officer Molly Dunne, or Societies Officer Antoinette Canavan & let her help you find the club or society to suit your needs.
Here at GMITSU, it is important to add we have also experienced the student lifestyle and know that sometimes there is no greater cure for a hangover than the infamous chicken fillet roll or Supermacs. The key is maintaining a balanced lifestyle & don’t create a habit of unhealthy eating.
Here are some useful tips to help you look after your physical health:
- Eat a nutritious breakfast such as cold cereal with fruit and low fat milk, whole-grain waffle with peanut butter, or yogurt with fruit and granola.
- Prepare smart snacks like apple or celery sticks with peanut butter, low-fat graham crackers, raisins, 100 calorie snack packs, or a glass of milk.
- Balance and moderate your food by choosing a variety of fruits, vegetables, dairy products, meats, and whole grains in your diet; use portion control while moderating your intake of processed or high sugar foods and alcoholic beverages; and drink 8 glasses of water per day.
- Consult your physician before any fitness program.
- Create an exercise program tailored to your needs.
- Incorporate strength training, cardio, and flexibility activities.
- Get 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night and take work breaks or home rest periods throughout day.
- See your primary physician, eye doctor, dentist, and gynaecologist if applicable for routine check-ups.
- Maintain good personal hygiene by keeping your hair clean and cut, nails trimmed, and mouth properly brushed and rinsed.
- Avoid tobacco, illicit drugs, and excessive alcohol use; practice safe sex; and wear protective equipment such as seat belts, bike helmets, and elbow/knee pads when warranted.
One of the biggest risks to men’s health is the reluctance to seek help at times of difficulty or to take part in health improvement programmes. You may get the impression it has a sense of embarrassment attached, but it’s better to be safe in the knowledge you problem is addressed rather than weighing you down. Have a chat with one our Health Care nurses and they will do their best to accommodate you.
A stigma that is generally associated with the stereotypical Irish male is mental health. It is remarkable to see our Irish male society get so worked up over an Irish team at a European Championships or World Cup yet we find it the hardest accomplishment on Earth to sit down with another male and talk about everyday mental health issues or what it is bothering us.
The only advice I can give to you in this section is to not be afraid to talk; be it with a friend, family member or one of us friendly folk in GMITSU.
For more information on men’s heath visit the Spun Out website. This website provides information on all manner of topics, from healthy eating to penis talk.
- Get rid your stress
One of the main issues in GMIT is that a student takes too much on at the one time while trying to juggle it all. Stress can have significant health consequences, from infertility to higher risks of depression, anxiety, and heart disease. Find the stress-reduction method that works for you and stick with it, it can be something as simple as going for a walk around Glasan to take in some fresh air or going to the cinema on a Tuesday with pals. Find your stress release and use it when possible.
- Stop dieting
Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to completely ignore your favourite glass of wine or a piece of chocolate cake now and then. The key is moderation & to maintain a healthy lifestyle as opposed to a diet that may last for a period of two weeks. Get a mix of lean proteins, healthy fats, smart carbs, and fibre.
- Have good sex…and use contraception
Sex reduces stress and may lower the risk of chronic disease — but only if you enjoy it. If anything prevents you from sexual fulfillment, such as dryness or pain, talk to your doctor to find a solution, one of our nurses on campus are more than helpful with any queries you may have.
- Get as much cardio in as possible
Women need a mix of cardio and resistance or weight-bearing exercise at least three to five times a week to help prevent osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Exercise also promotes good self-image, which is really important to a woman’s mental health.
- Get more sleep.
Sleep needs differ, but if you have trouble getting out of bed, tire easily, or have trouble concentrating, you likely aren’t getting enough. Recent studies suggest this can put you at greater risk of heart disease and psychological problems. Always try to get your 8 hours in before that long day of college.
For 90% of people, the idea of hurting yourself might seem like a very uncommon thought, but for some, it becomes a way of coping with the difficulties of life. Self-harm happens when someone intentionally causes an injury to themselves. If you, or someone you care about, is suffering with the burden of self-harm, then try to seek help right away. Talk to someone at your Student Health Centre, or make an appointment with your counsellor or chaplain, we are here for a reason.
For more information on self-harm visit the Reach Out website: