“Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom.”
— Oprah Winfrey
As autumn approaches, the back-to-school season offers a chance to prioritize wellness amidst academic pressures. Discover five essential tips for parents and students to nurture their well-being and make the most of the upcoming year.
5 Power-Packed Tips for an Awesome Year Ahead
1. Mindful Mornings for Positivity
Start each day with intention. Engage in deep breathing or gentle stretching to center yourself. Practice positive affirmations that boost confidence and set a growth-oriented mindset. A mindful morning routine cultivates calmness and mental clarity.
2. Nutrient-Packed Breakfasts
"Nutrition experts agree that having breakfast is a good opportunity to eat some of the nutrient-rich foods you need for keeping your heart in good shape" Harvard Health. Fuel your day with nutrient-rich breakfasts. Opt for whole grains, lean proteins, and vibrant fruits and vegetables. Include brain-boosting foods like blueberries and nuts to support cognitive function. A well-nourished body enhances focus and sustained energy.
3. Balancing Academics and Play
Strike a balance between studies and play. Engage in physical activities you enjoy, from sports to walks. “Health is critical even to perform optimally in academics” Columbia Calgary. Movement releases endorphins that uplift your mood and reduce stress. A healthy body contributes to a healthy mind.
4. Mindful Mental Health Breaks
The demands of school can sometimes lead to stress and overwhelm. Learn the importance of mental health breaks – short moments of rest that allow the mind to reset. Encourage deep breathing exercises, mindfulness, or quick stretches during breaks. Creating a designated space for relaxation at home can further facilitate this practice.
5. Digital Detox and Quality Sleep
According to the journal Sleep Medicine, using digital devices before bed has a negative effect on sleep quality EDU Trainings. Unplug from screens in the evening to unwind. Engage in outdoor activities, creative pursuits, or family time. Limit screen exposure for better sleep quality, contributing to mental and physical well-being.
Key College Student Mental Health Statistics (Editor’s Choice)
64% of students drop out of college because of mental health problems.
About 75% of mental illnesses appear by the age of 24.
During COVID-19, nine in 10 students have experienced negative mental health symptoms.
48% of students believe that COVID-19 has impacted their education and mental health.
Embrace these five tips to infuse wellness into your school year. By nurturing your mind, body, and spirit, you're creating a foundation for success and a balanced life. Here's to a year of growth, learning, and well-being.