by Danielle Barish, Deputy Brand Manager

It seems as though the University lifestyle and healthy living can’t go hand in hand, but we’re here to tell you that in fact, it can! It can be hard at times, but having a balanced diet and lifestyle while being a full time student can be done. It can be tempting to eat your feelings or sit around all day, especially during stressful times, but with these tips and tricks you can eat smart, live smart, and be smart!

1.Hit up places on campus with healthy options like The Brew or Cogro! Opt for a healthy meal option like their Bean Salad, yummy soups or a ALT (avocado, lettuce, tomato) Wrap! These options are healthy, delicious, and will keep you fueled all day long.

2. Stop by the Grocery Checkout in the ARC and get some healthy study snacks from the bulk section. If you crave food while you study, bring fruit or nuts to your favorite study spot!

3.To save some money, try bringing your own tea bag to Starbucks! Tea is a great alternative to pop or coffee, and will warm you up in the upcoming cold months. Tea is also known to soothe and calm your body, which is super helpful during exam time stress.  

4.Make sure to stock up on your favourite healthy snacks at home! This way you won’t be as tempted to order in, saving you lots of money and time. Look at Tasty videos for some inspiration, and take time to prove that “anyone can cook!”

5.GET UP AND MOVE! One of the best ways to boost your energy and morale is to work out! A stressful and stationary day at the library can be worked off at the gym or even at a yoga studio downtown! Although this time of year can be stressful, it’s important to remember to take time for yourself.

There are also many incredible resources on campus that are here to support you! If you are feeling overwhelmed and need someone to talk to, drop by The Peer Support Centre (PSC). The PSC , located in the John Deutsch Centre (JDUC), is a service which provides students with a confidential space to discuss any problems they may be having! All PSC staff are not only students themselves, but are all trained to provide a judgement-free, private, and safe environment for students.