Blog of the Peer Advising Leadership Program, College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

October 3, 2009 11:18 PM

Health and Wellness Tips

Of the many topics I have blogged about in the past years, I have never really touched upon the health issue. Especially since the H1N1 flu is going around, I thought that I would offer some websites and some of my personal tips to staying healthy. Please keep in mind that I'm not a health expert and that I have gotten sick many times.

Obviously, the first place I looked was the University Health Center website. Despite stories about long waiting times (if you go in person) and other forms of inefficiency, the website does offer really great information on how to stay healthy. Plus, they have an online scheduling appointment so you don't have to call in or walk in (if it's not urgent).

Two things interested me:

1. Information about H1N1 and what to do: It has a great FAQ section, so if you find yourself in one of those situations, please take a look at this to figure out what to do.

Whenever I get sick, I try to get as much sleep as I can or just rest in bed. Drink lots of water, especially hot water. I find that this helps me the most when I have runny noses and sore throats. Don't tire your body out because it's already weak from trying to fight whatever is in your system. BUT to prevent myself from getting sick, I try to sleep as much as I can (or take naps), try not to stress out too much, and find other activities that make me happy (ie going to dance performances, symphony concerts, reading novels). :)

2. Wellness Portal: This is a wonderful, comprehensive tool/guide to staying healthy. If you explore the wheel, you find that there are so many components to staying healthy besides eating right and exercising. It also has mental and emotional components. So really, it's a balance of all of these components: make sure you are engaging your mind, body, and spirit. And even though your life is basically revolving around school, it is an amazing time to learn more about yourself, to explore interests, and enjoy life.

So for example, I am engaging my "intellect" by taking classes, conducting research, attending concerts and dance performances, and every so often, doing Sudoku puzzles. Physically, I try to walk to my destinations and take the stairs, but I also take dance classes 2-3 times a week. Plus, I try to eat balanced meals with lots of fruits and veggies. I'm part of several communities - the PALs, CNR, my lab (Specht lab), and Cal Habitat for Humanity - and I find enjoyment when I'm part of these communities. Emotionally, I tend to talk to my friends (share my excitement and disappointments), but usually, I find the most support in my parents; somehow they always see the bigger picture when I can't. Career-wise, well, that's a bit hard since I don't know what I would like to do in the future, but I know my interests, have steadily "networked," and I know my potential and talents. Career-wise, well, that's a bit hard since I don't know what I would like to do in the future, but I know my interests, have steadily "networked," and I know my potential and talents.As for that spiritual aspect, I like to look around me, kind of in that "stop and smell the roses" idea. Just pause and take in what's around you; you'd be amazed by all the details around you. I especially like looking out into the bay and seeing if it's a clear day or when the fog is rolling.

So basically, take care of yourself! And find that something that makes you enjoy life. :)


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