by Jennah Owda
With late-night study sessions and after-school activities, it can feel impossible to stay fit during the hectic school year. While it is important to maintain a high GPA, your mental and physical strength is non-negotiable. With that being said, from one struggling student to another, here are some tips on how to achieve a healthy school year!
Sleep tight, and don't let the bedbugs bite
Recently, time has been flying by. Late-night study sessions seem like the only solution, especially for procrastinators. It is time to realize that sleep is great for your physical and mental health! According to CDC Healthy Schools, students need proper sleep to improve concentration and academic performance. As hard as it is to stop scrolling through our phones at night, it is a great idea to not use technology an hour before bedtime. This can prevent unwanted headaches and promote a night full of good rest.
Whether it be auditioning for the school musical or joining the gym with some friends, getting involved is a great way to socialize, make memories, and stay fit during the school year. While I definitely was not the fastest runner on the track team, I made some lifelong friends and unforgettable memories once I joined!
Food is love
When we hear the word fit, we automatically assume a restricted diet is included, but that is not the case! Yes, it is important to fuel your body with nutritious meals, but it is completely okay to indulge in some of your favorite foods! More importantly, be sure to be eating enough food! As teens, we are constantly moving, and our bodies are constantly burning! Skipping meals is not the way to achieve a healthy lifestyle!
It's time to unwind
With a busy schedule, the thought of relaxing is not even in question, but taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health. Journaling is one of the many things you can do during your free time. Writing down affirmations, future plans, and how you feel is a great form of therapy, and overall a great way to unwind during your overwhelming school day.