4 Health Issues (and Solutions!) with Overseas Students

Below are some of the common health issues facing international students and some great health tips and advice so that you can take care of yourself and stay healthy.

 

1. Anxiety & Stress

 

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When studying abroad, students may have many other concerns not just study pressure, for example, financial matters and social relationships. Anyone can face stress. Continuing anxiety and stress can cause or worsen many medical conditions – for example, diabetes, asthma, obesity and mental health issues. To reduce and deal with stress, you can follow these tips:

  • Identifying the stressor: Make sure you understand why you get stressed so that you can try to avoid these situations.
  • Getting enough sleep: Many students go to sleep late, resulting in sleep deprivation. If you are not getting enough sleep, your body will use stress to keep you alert. Your immune system will be weakened, making you more susceptible to health issues. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time each night and morning to ensure you receive enough sleep.
  • Exercise & healthy eating: This is proven to reduce stress levels. Exercise regularly (walking, swimming, hiking or biking) and adopt healthy eating habits.
  • Planning: Students can experience exam stress. Create a study plan to ensure you are adequately prepared for the upcoming exams.

2.  Skin issues

 

Newly arrived international students can face skin issues, especially Asian students as they are coming from humid climates to Australia’s less humid cities such as Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide. Lowered humidity and colder temperatures can dry, redden skin and worsen the pre-existing skin conditions. For healthy skin this winter in Australia, keep these beauty tips in mind:

  • Cleansing: This is the most important step of skin care. Clean your skin with a cream or oil-based cleanser. Soap-based formulas can be harsh for your winter skin.
  • Exfoliating: Remove your dead skin about two times a week. This helps to increase circulation and brighten your skin tone.
  •  Moisturising: Use moisturisers, masks and serums that help to hydrate your skin more than just its top layer.
  •  Applying sunscreen: Sunscreen is considered indispensable all year round. Even in winter, you must wear sunscreen. Clouds and rain don’t stop harmful UV rays coming through and damaging your skin.
  •  Harnessing the humidifier: Keeping your indoor environment well hydrated is a great way to protect your skin from moisture deprivation. You can hang a warm, wet towel in the room for your own effective humidifier.
  •  Moisturising lips: Keep a lip balm in your pocket for constant applications.

3. Upper respiratory infections

 

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The common cold and flu are common among students. And the best advice is to get enough rest and fight the symptoms by drinking lots of water, healthy eating and stocking up on medicines. If the symptoms get worse, go see your doctor.

 

4. Chronic health conditions

 

Such existing health issues as asthma and diabetes need ongoing management. It can be difficult to manage your condition overseas. Seek advice and work with your local general practitioner. They will help manage your health condition.