Self Care Tips

Your physical health can have a large impact on your immune system, your stress levels, and your academic success. Daily choices such as the food you eat and the amount of sleep you get affect your overall physical health and your ability to achieve your personal and academic goals.

Eat well

It might seem like eating right is a challenge, especially if you’re tight on money and time. However, eating well can be easy, enjoyable, cost-effective, and will give you the energy you need to do well academically. Make full use of the salad bar and (unlimited) fruits in the dining hall! Join in Yogurt & Granola fridays for a variation to your lunch time!

Get good sleep

Sleep difficulties are among the top health issues impacting Yale-NUS students’ overall performance, so it makes sense that getting enough quality sleep is crucial for performing your best. Lack of sleep has a significant impact on brain function, health, safety, and longevity. Sleep itself can actually improve mental function, and researchers are discovering that it is vital for learning and memory.

Consider making adjustments to your sleep habits if you experience the following:

  • feeling tired often
  • falling asleep in class
  • an inability to focus in class or while doing other tasks, like studying or doing schoolwork
  • consistently pulling “all-nighters” (i.e. studying or working on schoolwork all night)
  • consistently going to bed later than you want
  • an inconsistent sleep schedule that changes often
  • having to drag yourself out of bed in the morning

Most adults need about 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Getting a good night’s sleep has many benefits, including:

  • an improved ability to focus
  • an improved ability to remember and retain new information
  • an improved immune response, making it easier for your body to fight off illnesses
  • completing tasks, like studying or taking exams, becomes easier
  • you’ll feel good and are less likely to feel anxious, irritable, sad, or worried

Check out our sleep guide The Importance of Sleep for more information!

Stay active and have fun

Physical activity has many health benefits. It could also make you a better student! Being physically active can reduce stress and help you feel more energised and alert, making it a lot easier to focus on studying, completing assignments, and preparing for exams. Exercise is also vital for managing stress. Other benefits include reducing fatigue, improving alertness and concentration, and enhancing overall cognitive function. This can be especially helpful when stress has depleted your energy or ability to concentrate. Exercise and other physical activities produce endorphins — chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers — and also improve the ability to sleep, which in turn reduces stress.

Scientists have found that regular participation in aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilise one’s mood, improve sleep, and improve self-esteem. About five minutes of aerobic exercise can begin to stimulate anti-anxiety effects.

Opening hours of the Yale-NUS Fitness Centre:

Mondays to Sundays: 5am-12mn

Opening hours of the gym at Stephen Riady Centre:

Mondays to Fridays: 9am-9pm
Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays: 9am-7pm