Keeping fit both physically and mentally is a challenge for all ages but especially for our young adults as they head off to college. For many students, it is the 1st time living away from home. How can students better prepare themselves for the transition and what resources are available to students as they navigate the acclimating to their new environment socially, mentally, and physically? Dale Troy is a mom of three college graduates and a health coach. She will provide tools and strategies students can use to get strong both mentally and physically.
- Making friends takes time, be patient with it
- Eat a balanced meal
- Look at the colors! Make sure they are even to get all the nutrients you need.
- Check out the salad bar before the hot food line
- Set goals for yourself
- They can be about making friends, eating better food, or keeping healthy habits
- Time management is key to a successful college experience
- When do you eat, sleep, study?
- Use a planner!
- You have to be your own advocate
- Where are the resources?
- Know about Office hours, RA’s, Study centers
- Check in with yourself (mentally, physically, emotionally)
- Keep healthy habits
- Drink water, get enough sleep, and get exercise
- Learn how to manage stress
- Not all stress is bad, it can actually be a motivator
- You can implement deep breathing, yoga, gratitude journal, or take a moment in nature to try and control your stress levels
- Parents – Allow your kids to make their own decisions and solve their own problems
Important Resources and Links:
WEBSITE: Crush College Stress
Meet Dale Troy
Dale Troy is a College Success Coach and Certified Health Coach. Parents hire her to help their children transition successfully from high school to college. Dale is the mom to three daughters who graduated from Yale College, and she is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School. Dale’s mission is to give all students confidence in their ability to handle college by teaching them strategies that reduce their daily stress and enable them to thrive. The freshman dropout rate is currently 30%. Dale’s College Success Formula program protects parents’ college investment by setting their children up for success from the start of freshman year.
Thank you Dale for sharing your story and insights on how students can stay fit both mentally and physically. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is so important given the stress and pressure many students face in their academic and social lives. Developing basic life skills like: setting goals for yourself, developing time management and good study skills, self advocating for yourself, eating well and getting enough sleep and learning how to destress are all important life skills especially for students as they transition from high school to college.