5 Healthy Back-to-School Habits to Help You Perform Well in School
Summertime is over and it is time to bid farewell to the trips to the beach and late night movies. As the school year comes along, it is essential to make certain changes in your habits and lifestyle in order to perform well in school and maintain a healthy mind and body.
Here are some useful back-to-school habits to help you boost your performance this school year.
Establish a Good Routine
An early sleeping schedule allows you to receive an ample amount of sleep hours. Classes start early, and without adequate sleeping hours, your body and mind may not be able to function well in school. The best way to get a good night’s sleep is to establish a routine and plan your daily schedule at least two weeks before the school year starts.
Do your homework after coming home from school. Work out. Have dinner. Shower. Read a good book. Go to sleep. Different people function in different ways. Find a routine that best suits your lifestyle and stick to it.
Designate a Study Room
While most people are fine studying or working on a desk in their bedroom, it may just not work for others. For some kids, seeing their beds or any comfortable furniture near their workstation makes them want to go lie down and go to sleep. If you are one of those people, designate a study area where you can do your homework at peace and without any distractions such as the TV, video game consoles, and even a bed.
Do not forget to stock up on supplies like pens, pencils, erasers, and more. Some folks are more eager to study and learn using colors. So, if you are one of those people, getting Post Its, crayons, and highlighters may help.
Studies have shown that regular exercise encourages the release of some key hormones and neurotransmitters including serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. Serotonin is known to improve mood and feelings, while dopamine improves learning and attention. On the other hand, norepinephrine affects your perception, motivation, and attention. The mixture of these hormones and neurotransmitters can help you focus and feel better when studying and learning.
Aside from its learning benefits, exercise can help keep you in good shape, improve your sleep patterns, and even boost your confidence.
Keep a Calendar or Journal
Plan your day, week, or even your whole school year ahead. Keep a journal or planner and take note of important dates. Do you have cheerleading practice? When are you taking your SATs? When is your next piano lesson? Where and when are you having your college interview? Keeping and updating a planner regularly will help you keep track of everything! Keep a To-Do list and make it a habit to mark your accomplishments regularly. Remember to keep a good planning system and be consistent about it! Never procrastinate and check your planner regularly to be aware of any upcoming deadlines or tasks you may need to complete before they are due.
Pursue a Passion
Do you like music? Are you an aspiring ballerina? Do you wish to be the next Stephen Curry? We highly-encourage engaging in extra-curricular activities. After-school activities do not only give you extra credit or credentials you can put in your college application in the future; these activities can also help you develop as a person and shape your future self. Just make sure to pursue a passion you are genuinely interested in. Are you interested in painting but are hesitant to pursue your dreams because you don’t think you’re talented enough? Do not fret because as long as you put your heart into it, and you are always doing your best to improve your craft, you will always be on the right track!
So, tell us…are you excited about the start of the school year? We hope you are!