Getting back on track for 2012

by frank-stuart

So you’ve just completed one of the most challenging years of your life. The HSC has both physically and mentally drained you and now all you want to do is relax and start to enjoy your life again.

You’re probably battling a lot of mixed emotions about now:

Fatigue – you’re at the tail-end of the busiest and most draining year of your life

Anxiety – the long wait for results can be stressful

Uncertainty – what does your 2012 even look like right now?

Obligatory socialising – school is now out of your life forever and it’s officially time to celebrate.

It’s a perfect storm of factors that combine to make you feel like you’ve just spent a couple of hours in the tumble dryer. And a little too much of the last point can leave you feeling a little sluggish and bit toxic.

The good news is that you’re young, you’re strong, and you’ve got your whole life ahead of you – hopefully starting with a brilliant first year of higher education studying a discipline you really care about. The bad news is that if you don’t start cleansing yourself in preparation for the times ahead, you won’t be in decent shape for your first semester of study next year. And you’ve worked way too hard to let that happen.

So how best to look after yourself this summer and hit the ground running next year? Here’s 5 tips we think will really help –

1) Sleep well

First on the list just happens to be our favourite thing to do anyway. You don’t have to plan your sleep patterns in detail – but you should definitely make an effort to respect them. So setting aside 7-8 hours a night is a great way to put yourself ahead.

2) Eat plenty

Our second favourite thing! We’re not going to tell you to eat your leafy greens, but aspiring to eat the widest range of colours in your daily diet is an excellent guiding principle. (Cruelly enough, skittles don’t count).

3) Get some exercise

If you observe the first two items on this list and throw in some exercise, your body will be feeling great again.

4) Hit the beach

It’s true! Take it from me, your wise old grandfather – seawater cures everything. You’ll feel refreshed and alive in no time. Don’t forget to slip, slop, slap!

5) Ease up on the socialising

And we’ve left the hardest for last. It’s a natural time of celebration, no question, and you should certainly enjoy yourself. Having said that, there’s a lot to be said for taking a night off (particularly if socialising involves a few drinks). Latest research suggests that 4.23 billion brain cells are required to pass the average first year undergraduate course with a credit average, so do your best to hang on to a few.

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