Student Wellness
Wellness Events and Workshops

Here, you'll find practical resources on better maintaining your physical and psychological health. Discover ways to improve your sleep, incorporate exercise, make healthier food choices, and nurture your mental well-being. Empower yourself to lead a balanced and fulfilling student life with our resources.

Getting a restful sleep is important to your wellness because it helps you to function well during the day. Poor sleep hygiene can lead to sleep deprivation, which can negatively impact academic performance, memory retention, and concentration. Lack of sleep can also increase stress, anxiety, and depression, which can further impact your well-being and academic success. Here are some helpful tips which can help you:

How to fall asleep faster and sleep better (NHS)
Sleep hygiene tips (Headspace)
Regular exercise is important to your overall well-being for several reasons. Firstly, exercise helps to reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Secondly, exercise has been shown to improve mental health by reducing symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression. Regular exercise can also improve cognitive function, memory, and concentration, which can help you perform better academically. Thirdly, exercise can also improve sleep quality, which is essential for good health and academic performance. Additionally, exercise can be a great way for you to socialize and make new friends, which can improve your sense of belonging. HKU offers a number of non-academic sport & recreation, health & fitness and competitive sports programmes. Please refer to the following websites for further information:

HKU Centre for Sports and Exercise 
HKU Active Health Clinic
HKU Movewell App
Maintain a balanced diet is essential for maintaining physical wellbeing. Enjoy a variety of foods from all food groups, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. This will ensure you get all the necessary nutrients for optimal health. Here are some tips for you:

1. Incorporate a variety of fruits and vegetables such as bok choy, choy sum, Chinese broccoli, and dragon fruit. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables can help ensure that you get all the nutrients your body needs.

2. Choose whole grains like brown rice, whole wheat bread, and whole grain noodles over refined grains. Whole grains are higher in fiber and other nutrients, which can help you feel fuller for longer and provide sustained energy.

3. Include lean protein sources like fish, chicken, tofu, and legumes. These foods can help support muscle growth and repair, and can help keep you feeling full and satisfied.

4. Limit processed and high-sodium foods and snack wisely. Choose healthy snacks like fresh fruits, unsalted nuts, or rice cakes instead of processed snacks like chips or sweets. Having healthy snacks on hand can help curb hunger between meals and prevent unhealthy choices. Opt for home-cooked meals or healthier restaurant options when possible. 

5. Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water throughout the day, aiming for at least 8 cups. Avoid excessive consumption of sugary drinks like soft drinks and bubble tea, which can contribute to weight gain and poor health.

Here is a website for you to explore your favourite and healthy recipes:
MyPlate|U.S. Department of Agriculture

You may also refer to the following websites for extra tips:
Healthy eating at university
Students (British Nutrition Foundation)


Taking Care of Yourself

Just blank out and daydream

Connect with a friend

Cook a healthy meal

Spend time with family

Take a walk outside

Organise a study group

Practise mindfulness

Jot down your recent achievements

Relax with some music

Schedule working and resting time

Set realistic daily missions

Do your laundry/Clean your Room

Stretch and exercise

Take a nap when needed

Find time for hobbies

Watch a movie