The ABC’s Of Back To School
As the school seasons kicks into full swing, we wanted to share some advice for back to school. This applies to not only school work, but also helps creates a foundation for healthy habits. Best of luck to all the students, teachers and the school staff this 2021-2022 year!
Always try your best: Nobody is perfect, we all makes mistakes. The best thing you can do in life is to try your best. Even if your best is not perfect, you can still be satisfied with the outcome knowing that you tried with all you could.
Break down a big task into smaller ones: Big tasks can seem overwhelming when you look at it as a whole. The best thing to do in order to make these tasks look a little less intimidating is to break them up into small tasks. Set time blocks aside over the course of a day or two in order to get your big task done. This will make the project feel less overwhelming.
Create a piece of art like a drawing or painting: Research has shown that creating art or any other piece of creativity helps build connections in the brain to help strengthen cognitive function, resilience, and even help prevent memory loss.
Drink more water: Your body is made up of 60% water. That means you must constantly provide your body with more water to help replenish what is lost throughout your day. Your body is constantly releasing water through waste, so by drinking a sufficient amount of water daily you can be sure that you are replenishing what you are losing. Avoid soda, sugary and energy drinks.
Eat a protein filled breakfast: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The meal that sets the tone for how you want your body to function for the rest of the day. The best way to insure that your body starts off on the right note is to limit carbs and pack protein into your breakfast. By starting your day with a high protein count you can expect to not be as hungry throughout the day and have less desire to snack.
Focus on what you are doing and don’t get distracted by others: When you are trying to focus on a project, try to eliminate your distractions before you start. Put away the technology, tell other people around you what it is that you are trying to do, and try setting a timer to monitor your focus time. When you do this you will find that you can more done with less stress.
Get outside for at least one hour a day for some physical activities: The sun is our natural healer. Even though it may be getting colder outside soon, it is important to be sure to allow your skin to see the sun. The sun provides our bodies with vitamin D which does a number of beneficial things to our body.
Hygiene: Practice good hygiene including frequent hand washing, brushing and flossing your teeth, showering and wearing deodorant. Your body needs you to take care of it, so be sure to do that accordingly.
Include fruits and vegetables into your diet: Food is fuel! Your brain and body needs the proper foods to keep them in check. Without a healthy balanced diet, your body can not function at its fullest potential. This week try substituting one snack a day with a fruit or veggie.
Journal everyday for a few minutes: Journaling is becoming more and more popular in today’s generation. Stress, anxiety, sadness, even happiness and joy can be vented out onto the pages. Journaling is a perfect outlet to let go of anything that may be bothering you.
Kindness: Be kind to yourself and others around you. Hold the door for people behind you, say please and thank you, and smile at strangers. Kindness not only makes other people feel good, but also yourself.
Listen to your teachers and school staff: Teachers do a lot for the community. They dedicate their job to teaching students not only certain subjects but other important life lessons. All school teachers and staff members deserve kindness and respect as they are there to help improve the lives of students.
Minimize screen time: Technology can be distracting. Setting limits now before school kicks into full gear is important. By limiting distractions you can watch and feel your productivity levels increase.
No bullying: Bullying has become a serious offense here in the United States. It is something that is not tolerated or overlooked. So be kind to others, help others when they are in need, and stand up for what is right. If you see something, say something.
Organize your notes and assignments: Staying organized is the best advice anyone can receive when going back into the classroom. Nothing is worse than having all of your notes scattered amongst different folders, etc. Before school advances, find an organization method that works best for you and notice how much easier it become to find what you are looking for.
Posture: Be mindful of how you sit at your desk. Don’t slouch and be sure to sit up straight. Try to avoid looking down at your desk or computer for long periods of time. If possible, stand up and stretch every 60 minutes to help avoid any stiffness.
Quality rest 8-10 hours a night: Sleep is more important than you think. A lot occurs for our bodies when we sleep. Without adequate sleep, we can lower our immune systems, our mood, and our energy levels. Set a sleep schedule and try following it to the best of your ability. If you are having trouble, try going to bed the same time every night and avoid blue light from phones and tablets 30 minutes before bed.
Respect: Being respectful is a lesson that we are taught early on in life. We should always respect others because you get what you give. If you treat someone with respect, that is what you will get in return. You can never go wrong with treating others as you would want to be treated.
Study for your tests: Many people think that they do not need to study and that it comes naturally. While this can be true for some, it is not for all. Putting the time in is important because it teaches you to be prepared and, to be successful in life, you should be prepared for anything.
Turn your assignments in on time: Life is full of deadlines, even outside of school. By meeting your deadlines in school you will create this life long habit of sticking to your deadlines even outside of the classroom.
Use your imagination more: As we said earlier, creativity is healthy for the brain and gives it a boost. Find what form of creativity suits you best (avoiding phones, computers and tablets) and use your imagination. You will be surprised what you can create.
Vitamins and Supplements including Omega 3 Fatty Acids: Be sure to take your vitamins! Having a proper amount of vitamins and Omega 3 levels can ensure that you remain healthy and keep your body and mind at their peak. Ask your health care provider which vitamins are best for you to take.
Watch less TV: TV can be a distraction for some people. Next time you sit down on the couch in from of the TV ask yourself, “Is there anything else that I should be doing?” Then make your decision from there.
X-factor: Have a unique talent or trait that helps make you stand out from the rest.
Youthful: Remaining youthful, despite your age, is a beautiful thing. You should always feel young and live life as you are. You are never too old to have fun and try something new.
Zealous outlook on your future: Zealous means to be filled with a strong desire to get something done or see something succeed. You should develop a mindset for being zealous and plan for your future. Set goals for yourself. Big goals. This will help create a strong desire to better yourself and work towards fulfilling your goals.