Wow! I cannot believe that the school year has already begun. It feels like just last week I was driving by the high school wondering why there were no cars in the parking lot, only to remember it was summer! Now school has started, and because of that, I wanted to share some tips on staying healthy during this time of stress and constantly being on the go!
Keeping Our Mental Health in Check
First, and probably the most important, is to keep our mental health in check. Whether that be talking to a high school counselor regularly, visiting your college mental health facilities, talking to a trusted friend or family member, or just writing down your thoughts and feelings to get them out. Do whatever is most comfortable and helpful to you, but make sure it’s a top priority. And always reach out for help if you have thoughts or feelings of hurting yourself. You are worthy of getting the mental support you need!
Taking Care of Our Physical Health
The second is to take care of our physical health. When we get busy, it can be hard to balance everything in life, and sometimes we will gravitate towards the easier, more convenient options. Like not going for that walk after class or heating up the microwavable dinner instead of making something more nutritious. Although these things are okay in moderation, it’s important not to make choosing these a habit. Getting all of our nutrients will help keep our minds and bodies healthy, allowing us to perform better in school and whatever extracurriculars we are in. So, eat those fruits and veggies and get enough protein and carbs to give yourself the energy you need to be successful!
Third is getting enough sleep. Especially in college, we are tempted to stay up late or do all-nighters because we procrastinate studying or want to hang out with friends. However, getting adequate sleep is essential to overall health. Our bodies need time to heal, which is done while we sleep. So, start thinking of some ways to incorporate a night routine. You could start with a bath or shower to unwind, then have a snack or some tea, followed by reading a book, and then going to bed in a dark, cool room. Doing these steps around the same time each day is also recommended to set that routine.
Let’s Get Moving!
Lastly, I want to touch on exercising. I know this can be daunting, especially for those of us new to working out, but exercise is an excellent tool for staying healthy. The key is to find something that you enjoy. Luckily, there are so many different workouts to choose from. Whether that be walking, running, cycling, pilates, yoga, zumba, dance, weight lifting, etc. There is literally something for everyone. Once you find the workout you enjoy, exercise won’t feel so much like a chore!
I hope that this school year is fantastic for all of you!
Until next time,
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