STRESS­FUL COL­LEGE EXAM SCHED­ULES ‘TRIG­GER EAT­ING DIS­OR­DERS’

Irish Independent - Health & Living - - UPDATE DID YOU -

COL­LEGE ex­ams, as­sign­ments, and projects are stress­ful for stu­dents, and can trig­ger eat­ing dis­or­ders, the Union of Stu­dents in Ire­land has warned.

Stu­dents’ Unions, staff and friends should be aware of men­tal health is­sues be­cause of the level of stress placed on stu­dents. Make sure to have frank and open con­ver­sa­tions about men­tal health on cam­puses, said Pres­i­dent Michael Ker­ri­gan.

“A healthy daily sched­ule doesn’t re­quire in­tense blocks of study­ing. In­stead, we’re en­cour­ag­ing stu­dents to make sure they have reg­u­lar meals, sleep and ex­er­cise and to be aware of na­tion­wide sup­port ser­vices like BodyWhys.

“It’s im­por­tant to note once stu­dents fin­ish ex­ams or as­sign­ments, stick­ing to a healthy and struc­tured rou­tine is im­por­tant to pre­vent de­vel­op­ing an eat­ing dis­or­der.”

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