Whether you’re doing your GCSEs, A-Levels, studying for a degree at university, or working towards any other qualification – going ‘Back to School’ can be a stressful time. Settling into the new year, sometimes in a new city if you’re at uni, can be incredibly exciting and offers a refreshing change – but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a bit overwhelming!
As you get back into the swing of studying, exams and socialising other aspects of your life may get pushed to the side. And your health is often something that gets overlooked. Students coping with a mental or physical health condition can sometimes feel the squeeze of trying to fit everything into 24 hours.
So, if you’re a student – how can you get on with your studies and still keep on top of your health? And what about parents? Make sure your children’s health is organised for going ‘Back to School.’
Our healthy Back to School tips
Join a club or society
Starting a new school term is an opportunity to try something new. If you’re trying to get healthy, a sports club, gym or dance class could be a great way to stay in shape. But if you’re not into sports, joining a book club or debate society is another chance to showcase your skills – and you could also make new friends who’ve got a common interest!
Whatever you choose, getting out of the house and doing extracurricular stuff besides study is super important for maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
Get some shut-eye
After the curfew-free summer holidays where there's no set bedtime, it's pretty tough to lug yourself out of bed when that alarm goes off in the morning. Help yourself get back into a proper routine by easing into it - start by going to sleep a 10 minutes earlier each day for a week or two before the new term starts.
If you've got young kids, you can help them settle into their bedtime routine by creating calm activities before sleep like reading or playing with soft toys. Avoiding TVs or glaring screens helps you drift off too.
Fuel your study sessions
Breakfast is the best way to start the day. Rushing out the door for your 9am lecture without grabbing a bite to eat is easily done, but it’s not the right way to power yourself through to your late evening library session. No matter how hard it might be, rising 10 minutes earlier to fix yourself a breakfast can make your concentration levels throughout the day so much better.
If you’re a parent, encourage your kids to load up before school by sitting down and eating with them. Check out our healthy breakfast tips and get some tasty morning meal ideas.
Get registered at the doctor’s
Whether you’re heading off to a new city for the new semester or you’re studying at home, it’s essential that you’re registered with your local GP practice. That way, you can get emergency care if you need it and access health services quickly and easily whilst you’re busy with your studies. Don’t wait until you’re sick... Get prepared so you’re not sat in a walk-in centre for hours on end.
It’s even more important if you’ve got an ongoing health condition - especially ones that require regular medications - asthma, diabetes or epilepsy.
You can choose to register with any local GP, but the one attached to your college or university is probably the most convenient. Search for your local GP practice here.
Join up your health
Keeping a personal health record puts you in control. You can add to and have access to all your health information wherever you are and whenever you want. Just ask yourself:
- At a doctor’s appointment, have you ever been asked to recall parts of your medical history from memory?
- Can you remember when you were diagnosed with a condition or started taking a certain medication?
- Are you often asked how long you’ve had a specific symptom or record how often it occurs?
Storing all your health information in one place can help you answer all these questions quickly and easily.
Make sure you have access to the right information at the right time with your own personal health record app on your phone. You can record all your medical history, conditions and vaccinations all in a handy app.
Record your allergies
A new school year… a new allergy season. School is a flourishing ground for allergens like dust mites, mould and not to mention food intolerances! If you’re going off to school or uni with an allergy, keep a note of it in your personal health record to avoid the chance of any adverse reactions. You’ve got a place to store your allergy treatments too. And you can show this information to school staff or health professionals at your college so they know what to do in the event a reaction does occur.
Sign up for online services
Getting registered at the doctor’s is one thing but signing up for GP online services is even better! You’ll be able to book appointments online, order repeat prescriptions with a few taps on your phone, as well as view your medical record on your phone screen.
You probably don’t have too much time to spend waiting on the phone to get an appointment, or to go back and forth into the surgery to request prescriptions. Save yourself time and effort – follow our 3 easy steps to using GP online services.
Manage your meds
Whether you manage a long-term condition, have repeat prescriptions, or you’re treating a temporary illness, you can keep on top of your medications, so you never miss a pill during your busy school day!
Get helpful reminders on when to take your meds, and record when you’ve taken it in your up-to-date medication diary. Check out our step-by-step guide for managing your meds.
All your documents in one place
Being a student already means you’ve got stacks of paper, books and folders coming out of your ears. You probably don’t want to add to this with more letters and documents cluttering up the place. Keep all your health documents in one place by storing them in your phone! After signing up at your GP, you might need to store your registration letter somewhere. Maybe you've got some health insurance documentation or gym membership info. Whatever it is, stay organised. Sorted.
Record your stats
Get top marks when it comes to grading your own health! Self-manage your conditions better by recording health stats like blood pressure, blood sugar levels, weight and waist measurement, and more in the Health & Fitness monitor. That way, you can track changes in your health, monitor progress with any health goals you have, and share it with health providers at the touch of a button.
What about family? Share and care
Make sure your loved ones are clued up on your care. With a personal health record app, you can share any of the information with others quickly and easily when it’s needed – that can be particularly useful for children when they’re away from home.
Giving this trusted access to your health information can help reassure parents, family members, friends or carers about your health, whilst also letting them support you.
Take control of your health at school
If you’re managing any type of health condition, physical or mental, it can be a real struggle to stay on top of things especially as it gets closer to exam time. Or you might just want to take more control of your own health whilst you're focusing on your studies. With the Evergreen Life app, we can help you keep your health organised.
Download the app now and try it for yourself – we think you’ll give it top marks!