As we celebrate World Health Day on April 7, the importance of health and education has been put under the spotlight.
Numerous studies have indicated that health is directly proportional to academic success, but the connection goes the other way, too. Having a good education can have a positive impact on your health later in life.
According to various research and surveys, those who have attained at least three years of education, be it in the form of a degree or other forms of training, are more likely to practice healthier habits and generally live longer. This improvement is attributed to the economic, financial, and social effects of education.
Better Work Conditions
Having an education opens a wide range of opportunities, and it allows a person to find jobs with benefits, career advancements, and ideal working conditions. Most of the industries that offer these benefits require specific skills and knowledge that cannot easily be acquired except through education.
On the other hand, these benefits allow a person to improve their quality of life. The higher salaries that usually come with these jobs also give them access to medical insurance, exercise facilities, healthy food options, and cleaner environments.
More Financial Stability
Surveys have found that finances are the number one cause of stress, with over 80 percent of Millennials and Gen Zers saying that money is a cause of frustration. Continuous stress has a direct impact on both physical and mental health. Coupled with life’s regular hardships, many people have developed anxiety and depression due to financial worries.
Those who pursue higher education often have access to better-paid careers that alleviate at least some of their financial worries. This also makes them more financially capable of seeking medical help.
Consistent Social Network
Tertiary education generally involves attending classes and engaging with other students. Education then becomes both a social and academic experience. The connections people gain through their studies can become valuable emotional support. This can greatly improve one’s mental health in times of hardships and isolation.
Aside from that, socializing curbs the physical effects of loneliness, such as high blood pressure. Friends and acquaintances can also promote healthier practices as it encourages one to be more active, which directly boosts one’s immune system.
For the above reason, it is imperative that universities and colleges create welcoming environments that encourage social interaction. Hosting school events is one solution that also has the added effect of boosting confidence in international students, making it easier for them to interact with their peers.