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Healthy Living

Healthy living or self-care refers to a combination of behaviors, attitudes, and interactions that promote physical, mental, and spiritual well-being and allow a student to maximize his or her academic performance. This encompasses:

  • Proper nutrition
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Exercise
  • Regular visits to the doctors
  • Setting limits for yourself
  • Making time for the people and things you enjoy
  • Maintaining practices that engage your sense of spirituality, however you define it

How does it impact academics?

Healthy living can impact academic functioning in many ways, directly and indirectly. The most obvious ways include missing class due to fatigue or illness or finding it difficult to make up work that has been missed. However, poor self-care can also have an impact on psychological issues, such as motivation, concentration, and memory.

How does it impact relationships?

Students have many conflicting demands, goals, and obligations. Maintaining social connections, while crucial to self-care, can often be considered expendable when a student is trying to establish priorities. However, the stress relief and mood boost provided through social relationships often outweigh the cost to time and productivity.

How does it impact the workplace?

In the same way that healthy living is related to academic performance, it impacts occupational functioning. Healthy living fosters a collegial, supportive environment in which co-workers are able to collaborate and everyone is energized and motivated to work toward goals, both individual and shared.

JHSAP can help students cultivate a healthy lifestyle through individual sessions and/or group workshops and presentations.

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