Are you going abroad for higher education? Here are top tips for you
Studying abroad is going to take a lot of resources for you. These resources can be monetary or time. India is a place where students stay with their parents and most of the time their expenses and health are being taken care of by the family. Students sometimes find themselves in a difficult and stressful situation when they have to take care of themselves. Adjusting to a new life can be difficult and troublesome for some students.
Here are some of the tips to help you out:
Always make a plan of your first weeks
Not many people follow this rule but actually planning ahead your week can be a blessing. Your whole study abroad journey can not be planned ahead. Although planning the first few weeks ahead will actually help you to beat unwelcoming circumstances.
Always stay in touch with your family and friends
Many students who are going abroad to complete their studies are going for the first time. That means they will be leaving their family level of comfort. Maintaining a connection with your family and native friends will help you to stay grounded and you may also get moral and emotional support.
Forecast and plan your budget
When you are going to a new country, it is important for you to plan your budgets ahead. You should be tracking your expenses and maintaining it is also a crucial part of your job. Students should be tracking their expenses like grocery shopping, transportation, electricity bills and everything else studying abroad. Don't overspend or depend too much on your credit cards, because it will ultimately ruin your credit score and will cause you to lose out on opportunities in future.
Make local friends!
Sooner or later you will understand that your friends will be like your family in a foreign land. You should have their contact numbers for all sorts of emergency purposes.
It's better to follow healthy and timely diet while studying in abroad
As a student when you go to study abroad, you should always make sure that you always have food filled with carbohydrates, proteins and fibers.
Just eating healthy is not enough. You need to maintain a good eating schedule. Start with a healthy breakfast – a smoothie (banana, strawberry, or frozen berries). Move on to eating a snack high in protein around mid-morning. This helps regulate blood sugar levels and gives you an energy boost. Have a hearty lunch but include a portion of carbohydrates and salads in your dinner. Try to have your dinner at least two hours before bedtime (i.e. if you still have something called a bedtime, and hopefully by the end of this article you would).
Keep yourself hydrated
We are made up of 60% water by weight. That, in no scenario, means you can give up drinking water or substitute it with aerated drinks or other beverages like tea or coffee. Hydration is the ultimate form of self-care. As a practice, carry a bottle of water and keep sipping throughout the day. Do you know the lack of water can also cause fatigue and headache?
Engage in physical activities
Exercise – it keeps you fit and improves your mood. Very often, exercise takes a back seat because of a lack of time, money or just a lack of motivation. However, exercise is not always working out at the gym – you can always go for a quick, brisk walk or cycle down to your college/university. This might even be a good time to finally give attention to that sport you used to play as a child. Join a club if need be, make new friends and keep motivated. Trust me, a good exercise makes you sleep like a baby. Which brings us to our next point.
Take timely rest
Sleep deprivation is more harmful than you think it can be – it can cause fatigue and headaches. Prolonged lack of sleep is known to affect your mood, makes you irritable and can cause hallucinations (worst case scenario). As a student, you need a minimum of eight hours of sleep to function optimally. A small nap here and there also makes a huge difference (napping during class should be at your own risk). Of course, there is high pressure of a new life and assignments but remember that you’ll only be able to perform at your best if your mind is well-rested.
Follow a routine
You’ll get enough information on student routines on the Internet. Routines, however, should be tailor-made, not every student can and will wake up at 5 am and go running! Before building a routine, take into consideration daily activities, especially those that remain constant, like sleeping, eating, going to class, and such. Start with a simpler routine and gradually move your way up to remain motivated and adapt to the new schedule smoothly.
Expressing yourself or venting in any form is a great way to keep that head clear. You may choose to write, talk or use any art form to express your inner thoughts so there is nothing that bothers you and clouds your mind. While most people prefer to write and to whom writing comes naturally, or maybe even typing (the secret bloggers), journaling can help you take better control of your life. For others who cannot write, or write leisurely, it is a good idea to weave a 15 min of writing into your routine.
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