Healthy Habits For The New School Year

We all want to start off the 2012-2013 school year right. Here are a few tips to make sure you feel your best and stay healthy.

-Start your day with a wholesome breakfast. Remember, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Try to incorporate whole grains, protein, and dairy into breakfast. If you don’t have time for a big breakfast, just grab a granola or protein bar. This will keep you going until lunch, with no mid-morning crash!

-Make sure you get a full eight hours of sleep. You always want to wake up feeling fully rested and ready for the day to come. It’s much more difficult to take in new information when you are running on only a few hours of sleep. It is also more difficult to remember information that you have learned the day before. More sleep equals more energy and easier learning!

-Stay Active. It may seem hard to find time during the school week to exercise, but it really pays off. Aim for thirty minutes of aerobic exercise every day. You don’t have to go run seven miles or anything like that- a pick-up game of basketball at the park will do. Besides the obvious benefit of becoming physically fit, exercise helps reduce stress and anxiety.

-Don’t overdo it. Give yourself some “me-time”, and do things you enjoy. Whether you are reading, hanging out with friends, or simply watching your favorite T.V. show, it’s important to relax. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health, so save time for the things that make you happy.

-Do NOT procrastinate. Starting a book report two days before it is due  adds a lot of extra stress, interferes with sleep, and may result in work that is less than your best. If you have a big project, do a little bit each day. If you have little homework assignments, do not try and finish them on the way to school, or the hour before. Procrastinating is never a good idea.

-Finally, Seniors, don’t let senioritis get to you! Of course we should be excited- it’s our last year of high school! But grades are still important. Even after you apply and are accepted to college, your grades can be  accessed. Colleges DO take your senior year grades into consideration.  Have fun and make the best of your final year as a high-schooler, but  don’t slack off.  Article by Hannah Anderson

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