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How to balance studying and your sport...

By NatashaBlogger 01 Feb 2018

Last year was a year of huge changes for me - I moved away from home, started studying veterinary medicine and was also selected for the Scottish canoe slalom performance team!


It’s been difficult to adapt to all these changes but I have learnt a lot from it.

My main issue was that there weren’t enough hours in the day for all the things that I was trying to fit in. My training stepped up massively to 13 sessions a week plus travelling to training camps all over the UK at weekends. All the people who told me “Vet? That’s a lot of work isn’t it?” turned out to be entirely correct. I’d also underestimated how much time shopping, cooking, washing etc would take. Trying to make friends in a new place was important to me and I had to make time for that too. So, all in all, a bit stressful!


In the first few months, I tried to do too much and ended up burning out. This meant I cut down on the nights out and concentrated on what I really wanted (and needed) to do. Planning is also essential too because at the beginning of every week I make a plan of what I need to do each day and make sure I can fit everything in.

I think planning food is really important. As an athlete nutrition plays a big part in performance and I try to eat healthily. What works best for me is cooking a couple of big batches once a week then freezing portions and this saves me money as I take food to uni with me. Uni can also be incredibly stressful, with deadlines and insane amounts of work, and planning ahead can avoid a lot of unnecessary stress!

When I’m busy it’s far too easy for things like food and sleep to slip down the priority list. I did this in the first term and the quality of my training and the amount of work I could do reduced drastically. I also think it's important to take time off so I try to have some downtime each week. I really enjoy watching a film or having a meal with friends and this gives my body and my brain a much-needed break.

The most important thing is to take care of yourself and then hopefully everything else will fit into place! 

NatashaBlogger

NatashaBlogger is studying Vetinary Medicine and has represented Scotland with canoeing.
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