Your Moment of Zen
Published: Thursday, November 10, 2011
Updated: Thursday, November 10, 2011 21:11
There's little Georgetown students enjoy more than complaining about their workloads. But even if we brag about our marathons of studying or the number of days we've gone without sleep, it's important not to let the hectic nature of campus life get the best of our health.
Firstly, the physiological consequences of poor eating are no secret. The infamous "freshman 15" should be enough to remind students that a diet of Easy Mac and Wisey's is a surefire path to an expanded waistline.
Unhealthy eating aside, sleep deprivation can be a near epidemic among Georgetown students. Theoretically, students should sleep for eight hours each night. Getting fewer than six hours of sleep can have effects similar to alcohol intoxication; exhausted students will show the same impaired coordination, slow reaction times and faulty judgment as those who spent the night out on the town. Showing up to an exam (or even class) while drunk may be one of the biggest college taboos (at least most days of the year), but many students do the equivalent without thinking twice when they pull all-nighters.
These physical effects don't hold a candle to the effects of long-term stress on your mental health. We may joke about our hot tempers, but our hormones can have serious effects if left unchecked and imbalanced. And as fall turns to winter, cold weather and little sunlight can lead to Seasonal Affective Disorder, especially in students who hail from sunnier locales.
As we crawl toward the final stretch of classes, it's more important than ever to focus on our mental health and wellbeing just as much as our studies. After all, Tuesday morning class shouldn't look like a repeat of Saturday night.