College students, got the winter blues? Here’s what to do about SAD

If you’re like me, you find the grey days of winter a little hard to take. The lack of sunshine can make you feel as if you have some kind of mental illness. You feel depressed, low energy and scatter-brained. Others call it the winter blues, but its medical name is seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

Find out what you should do if you're affected by SAD. (Credit: Turning the Clock Back)

Find out what you should do if you’re affected by SAD. (Credit: Turning the Clock Back)

It’s a real condition and there are techniques that you can use to make yourself feel better. Here’s what college students need to know about seasonal affective disorder. Read more

New Year resolution ideas and tips for college students

Every year it’s the same New Year resolutions: lose weight, get organized and find ways of dealing with stress. If you’re like me, you start with good intentions and as the year goes on they drop by the wayside. It may not be a lack of will power that shoots you down. Maybe it’s the way you decide on the resolution.

Which resolution is right for you this year? (Credit: Huffington Post)

Which resolution is right for you this year? (Credit: Huffington Post)

There are strategies that you can use to create more meaningful resolutions and then keep them. Let’s look at some ideas and tips on how college students can create and keep their New Year resolutions. Read more

What college students need to know about antibiotic resistance

At the first sign of a cold or flu, do you go and ask the health center for a z-pack antibiotic? Maybe you shouldn’t. If your ailment is caused by a virus, then an antibiotic won’t do anything for it. Antibiotics only kill bacteria. And now the bacteria are fighting back by developing into a superbug that is hard to kill.

Watch out for the dreaded antibiotic resistance. (Credit: med.uottawa.ca)

Watch out for the dreaded antibiotic resistance. (Credit: med.uottawa.ca)

Because we get so many antibiotics in our diet the bacteria that can cause so many health problems have developed antibiotic resistance. Here’s what college students need to know about antibiotic resistant bacteria. Read more

Watch out for whooping cough, college students!

Is whooping cough contagious? Do bees fly? Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a highly contagious bacterial infection. Children who are not vaccinated are susceptible to whooping cough and can be carriers of the disease to adults who may need a booster pertussis vaccine.

With a hectic college schedule, no, you definitely don't have time for whooping cough. (Credit: Memecrunch)

With a hectic college schedule, no, you definitely don’t have time for whooping cough. (Credit: Memecrunch)

College students in proximity to lots of other people are at higher risk for getting whooping cough. Here are some healthcare tips to protect yourself. Read more

Do you have a cold or flu? Things college students need to know

College campuses are like the dream environment for a cold or flu. In fact, I am pretty sure there is a sickness convention somewhere, and all the germs gather to share tips on the best places to infect people, with airplanes and colleges fighting for top honors.

Ways to tell if you have a cold or the flu. (Credit: Third Monk)

Ways to tell if you have a cold or the flu. (Credit: Third Monk)

Fighting the flu is possible, and should you succumb, there are things you need to know about the common symptoms of both and ways to feel better. Read more

5 resources you are not taking advantage of as college students

Transitioning to college life is a blast, but it can also be overwhelming and cause stressors in your life that lead to illness, depression and other issues. There are many resources on campus to help you along the way but first you must seek them out!

Use your college resources to help you avoid stress. (Credit: College Hunks)

Use your college resources to help you avoid stress. (Credit: College Hunks)

I remember at an orientation session before my first week of Undergrad, the President of the school came on stage to get everyone hyped up about the path that lay ahead of them. Read more

What to know about ADHD prescriptions and college students

We’ve all thought about how great it would be to have that little extra advantage to help get ahead in school. I know I had a math class where a little leg up during tests would have been a huge help. According to a new survey, one in 10 college students are using ADHD prescriptions to help them through a study crunch.

Find out more about the misuse of ADHD prescriptions. (Credit: Sharpbrains.com)

Find out more about the misuse of ADHD prescriptions. (Credit: Sharpbrains.com)

Drug misuse or using medication without a prescription is not only illegal, but also can have damaging medical and psychological side effects. Read more

You ask, we answer: College is great, but I miss home!

Hi J,

I miss home SOOO much. Like a lot. I know Thanksgiving break is around the corner, and I’ll be there soon but it’s not soon enough. College is great and all but I want to go home. I’m talking Dorothy wanting to leave Oz bad. Except I don’t have any red shoes to take me there. It’s too far for me to go back for the weekend so I have to wait until Thanksgiving. I just want to go home.

Help,

Zuzia B.

Hi Zuzia,

Home is great and yes it’s perfectly alright to miss it. Read more

Do your sleep patterns equal a good night’s sleep? Find out here!

So how much sleep do you need? My answer would be a minimum of seven hours if you don’t want me to be cranky. But your answer of what constitutes a good night’s sleep may be more or less. I personally want to smack people who say they only need four or five hours—they have to be lying, right?

This might indicate your sleep patterns are out of whack. (Credit: Reddit)

This might indicate your sleep patterns are out of whack. (Credit: Reddit)

Our individual sleep patterns can and do vary, but the conventional wisdom for years has been that our bodies need at least eight hours. That “fact,” however, may have just been disproved by a recent sleep study. Read more

Top 5 tips for a healthy all-nighter study sesh

We all know that studying frequently throughout the semester is your best bet for getting an A in your courses, but like many college students, you’re bound to have an all-nighter study session here and there during your college career (I know I have!). Or maybe you forgot a big assignment or paper and only just saw the pop-up reminder on your phone go off. Whoops!

Whatever the reason, these nights are simply no fun and you’ll always be kicking yourself for having to do it in the first place. But if you find yourself pulling a red-eye before midterms, we’ve got the top five tips for how to study and get your work done the healthy way. Read more