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22 Ways Your Attitude Towards Health Changes When You Graduate

You may not be aware of it yet, but there is a big difference between you as a graduate and you as a student. You no longer navigate your way through the week by Wednesday sports nights and you don’t need to set an alarm to wake up at 11am.

As well as this, your approach to being a functioning, healthy human changes. Not only have you rationed your weekly pizza intake to just 3 nights a week, you have developed a few other good habits along the way.

1. There’s more to your weekends than drinking.

You’ve redefined ‘living for the weekend’. Because being confined to an office for 5 days will really spur you on to appreciate the time you have to yourself. Yeah, sure, I’ll totally do a 5km park run with you at 8:30am on Saturday.

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2. You’re now more susceptible to hangovers. 

Two day hangovers are real, and the thought of wasting your whole weekend kneeling over a toilet has really changed how you approach alcohol. This is your liver getting payback.

3. Sex is a lot less casual.

Whether you learnt hard way or not, after university you will be far more educated than Key Stage 3 PSHE when it comes to sex.

4. You develop a hatred for your office chair and will do anything to get out of it.

Nothing at university prepares you for having to sit at a desk for 8 hours, 5 days a week. Everything aches and you worry for your posture – suddenly a night time jog seems like a refreshing idea.

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5. Drugs are no longer a part of your life. 

There’s a time and a place for drugs and it’s in the toilets of the student union, not your colleague’s 30th.

6. All of a sudden you have a metabolism.

Despite three years of £2 Snakebites you could still fit into your A-Level Prom suit for Leavers Ball. Expect a much tougher battle against office drinks and your mid-twenties.

7. As a result, you jump on any fashionable health-food craze.

Juice for breakfast, kale for dinner and joji berries for, well, whenever people eat those.

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8. And buy a Jillian Michaels’ DVD.

Much to the annoyance of the person directly below your bedroom – what have you become!?

9. You’ll probably join a sports team.

One thing about graduate life is that you are no longer in the middle of a permanent vacuum of people to socialise with. You have your work colleagues, your house mates, your mum and the neighbour you awkwardly nod to in the mornings – you wonder how on earth people ever make friends.

10. You’ll be a member of a gym. And actually attend.

Oh look, there’s a gym right next to your work. That’s convenient. And you don’t even have to commit to an entire year. Your life becomes more about squats than shots.

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11. Healthy baking becomes a part of your life.

You will not only bake, but use things like courgettes, chick peas and avocados as a substitutes for butter.

12. Smoking? Never.

Graduating gives you the skills to approach people you fancy without the need to ask for a light.

13. You can finally afford healthier foods.

Hello quinoa, cous cous salad and hummus crusted chicken and goodbye £1 Iceland pizzas and McCain waffles.

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14. You finally have a regular sleeping pattern.

Your circadian rhythm has caught up with the rest of the healthy world. You’ll suddenly see millions and millions of people you never knew were traversing the globe while you slept until noon.

15. And have become caffeine conscious.

Without the late night black coffee essay blues you no longer need to drink anywhere near as much caffeine. You’ll probably even buy a French Press and abandon the cheap stuff.

16. You will begin to appreciate the taste of alcohol.

The previous three years were just a crash course in alcohol trial and error. It’s a satisfying moment when you choose to buy a nice 4-pack of Belgian lager instead of binge drinking with your mate Gary on a crate of 200 stubbies for £4.

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17. Even dates encourage you to be healthier.

Being a student is not an excuse any more. You can’t serve nachos and cheese with a pot of sour cream to a real adult on a first date.

18. You’re familiar with your washing machine.

You have no idea how much your tolerance for dirty sheets will drop once you graduate.

19. You have organised eating intervals.

At uni you could skip downstairs to your moldy fridge or procrastinate in the uni library eating Monster Munch but in the working world your body starts running to a new rhythm as you eat three meals a day at the correct times like a normal person.

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20. You make an effort not to consume unhealthy things (too often).

You’ve left your cans of Monster and Red Bull at the university library along with your post-it notes.

21. You take some pride in your room.

When you start to pay real rent with the money you spent the last month earning you will begin to take a bit of pride in your place. You’ll clean your sheets, wipe down your desk and even buy a candle. You’ll definitely start buying candles.

22. And you also take your mental health into consideration.

All of those complexes you fostered as a teenager and took on into university will be revealed as completely redundant in the working world. No-one cares that you failed your History A-Level and no-one will even blink when you tell them about your first heartbreak. And not only that, you challenge yourself intellectually: knowing about current affairs is a life skill and crucial to any office conversations with people older and more rounded than you. You’ll start to take more of an interest in the world and develop opinions outside of your degree and the Premier League.

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You’re still you, just better.

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