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7 tips to improve physical health for international students

OSHCstudents – Maintaining good physical health is crucial for overall well-being, especially for international students who may be adapting to a new environment and lifestyle. Here are seven tips to help improve physical health.
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Balanced Diet

Ensure your diet includes a variety of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and dairy or dairy alternatives. This provides essential nutrients to support your energy levels, immune system, and overall health. Limit the intake of processed foods, sugary snacks, and excessive caffeine.

Stay Hydrated

Drink an adequate amount of water throughout the day. Dehydration can lead to fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and other health issues. Carry a reusable water bottle and make it a habit to drink water regularly.

Regular Exercise

Incorporate regular physical activity into your routine. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise per week, along with muscle-strengthening activities on two or more days. This can include walking, jogging, cycling, swimming, or joining fitness classes.

Sufficient Sleep

Prioritize getting enough sleep each night. Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep to support overall health, cognitive function, and mood. Establish a consistent sleep schedule, create a comfortable sleep environment, and avoid excessive screen time before bedtime.

Manage Stress

International students often face unique stressors. Practice stress management techniques such as mindfulness, meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises. Establish a balance between academic responsibilities and personal time, and seek support from campus counseling services if needed.

Regular Health Check-ups

Schedule regular health check-ups and screenings. Utilize the health services provided by your university or college to monitor your health and address any concerns proactively. This includes vaccinations, screenings, and consultations with healthcare professionals.

Socialize and Build a Support System

Cultivate a social support system. Building connections with fellow students, joining clubs or social groups, and maintaining relationships with friends and family can positively impact mental and emotional health. Social support is crucial in managing stress and fostering a sense of belonging.
Small, consistent changes can have a significant impact on your physical health. It’s essential to prioritize self-care and make choices that contribute to your overall well-being. If you have specific health concerns, consult with healthcare professionals for personalized advice and guidance.
If you are international students, foreigners arriving in Australia, or Australian citizens traveling abroad looking for OSHC, OVHC, travel insurance, please contact Annalink team at email: info@oshcstudents.com and our partners for further information and assistance.
OSHCstudents Team

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I trust Allianz Care since it is one of the largest insurance companies in Australia, with the medical centres where I only have to pay for what is left from insurance support. (no need to claim later). Besides, those centres are located at the centre of the city, close to schools. Very convenient, right? Credits to Allianz Care for providing reliable medical centres for health check and treatments.

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I’ve been living with homestay family for 2 years. I’m now 19, I can move out but I don’t want to leave my host, who has become my family. It feels like I’ve met my second family. Thanks OSHCstudents for sending me to this homestay!

Ariella Pei | University of Canberra

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I realised how important insurance was when I started living in Australia. There I switched to using Allianz Care instead of the previous service. Allianz Care is extraordinarily good in its consulting service and customer care. I’ve learned a lot about Australian health care, also I was consulted with mental issues and how to live a healthy lifestyle. I am very happy now.

Chatchawat Paton | Torrent University

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Having lived in Australia for 2 years, I’ve been reliant on AHM OSHC to pay for my health care, which supports me for other expenses. Last year, I sent my claim requests for several times and always received the claims within two days. Everything is easy, fast and simple.

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Xiaoyu Cheng

Thanks to Allianz Care, every time I claimed my medical receipts it processed much more quickly and easily than I expected. I was initially a bit concerned since Allianz Care is more expensive than other insurance companies, but now I can ensure that it is totally worth the money.

Xiaoyu Cheng | Monash University


My homestay was very comfortable and convenient. My host was really kind. He showed me where to shop, which buses to catch, where the nearest train station is, to get off at which station so that I wouldn’t be taken to another suburb. Travelling was easy since the place was close to public transports. It only took 30 minutes to get to my college, actually I could go anywhere easily!

Emma | Macquarie University

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