Healthy Spring Break
Spring Break is coming! With the rising temperatures and break from classes, our bodies need different things to be healthy. The following are a few suggestions for a healthier spring break:
- According to Medical News Today our body is made up of about 75% water and when we don’t stay hydrated our mind and body will not work properly.
- Water is the best source of rehydration, but food choices can also play a role. Meats, fruits, soups, and non-caffeinated/non-alcoholic beverages can increase your water intake as well. According to Web MD, about 20% of our daily water intake comes from food.
- Sip on water all day, continually drinking small amounts of water at a time helps you not feel thirsty. Sucking on ice chips is another easy way to drink more water.
- Do you need 8 cups a day? Maybe, maybe not. Your diet and lifestyle determine your water needs. The more you work up a sweat, spend time outside, grab alcoholic drinks with friends, or drink caffeine, the more hydration you need. Illnesses such as fever, diarrhea or vomiting also require more hydration to get your body back to health.
- According to WebMD, dry mouth, tongue, or lips, dizziness, feeling weak or tired, nausea, constipation, dry skin, swollen, dry, cracked tongue, fast weight loss, headache, dark yellow urine or less urine and irritability are all signs of dehydration. Check in with your doctor if symptoms persist.
- The sun is getting closer to the earth, meaning our skin is more susceptible to its powerful rays.
Spending any amount of time outside is a good reason to lather on some sunscreen.
- Purchase the right Sun Protective Factor (SPF). Make sure you grab “broad spectrum” sunscreen, this protects against all types of damaging sun rays. SPF 30 is recommended by the American Cancer Society , but you may want more depending on your skin tone. SPF below 15 does not protect against skin cancer.
- If you find yourself spending a lot of time outdoors, reapply sunscreen every 2 hours. Or every hour if you are swimming or sweating.
- If you forgot your sunscreen and end up with a burn: cover up, seek shade, and re-hydrate. Aloe vera, anti-inflammatories and rest may help ease the pain.
- What does your body need? There is no right or wrong answer here; it is about listening to your body and finding a balance between activity and rest. If you find that one of your days is full of naps and Netflix, find balance with physical activity and fun the next.
- Do an activity that allows you to decompress. Keep in mind that activities that are low movement are not always de-stressing. For instance, laying in bed doing nothing may seem relaxing, but if you are spending the whole time worried about your to-do list, you may find a different activity may be more relaxing even if it means getting out of bed to do it.
If you are sexually active, then practice Healthy Sex:
- Healthy sex is protected and consented. Seek permission from sexual partners and be prepared with methods to keep you at your best. The Student Health Clinic on Campus has FREE condoms.
- Check out Student Health Promotion for information on healthy relationships and how to report sexual misconduct at Georgia State University.
- Take care of your body. Make an appointment at the Student Health Clinic prior to and after Spring Break to get Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) testing.