Updated: July 27, 2023
Fueling Brilliance: A Healthy Blueprint for Back to School Success
The end of summer presents an excellent opportunity to focus on mental stability, and concentration for the journey ahead. By adopting healthy habits and preparing them emotionally, physically, and mentally, we aim to ensure they start the new year with confidence, resilience, and enthusiasm.
In this Live Well we deconstruct the foundation that establishes well-being and explore the four essential points to help sustain success throughout their semester: Making affordable healthy lunches, staying motivated, keeping them well, and mentally preparing them for a fantastic back-to-school journey.
Food For Thought
It goes without saying that, above all, you need to encourage teens to embrace wholesome meals.
Involve them in meal planning and preparation to foster a sense of ownership and excitement about healthy eating. And encourage the habit of carrying a reusable water bottle to ensure they stay refreshed and ready to tackle any challenges that come their way.
Tip: Get creative with your lunchbox by incorporating a variety of colorful fruits and veggies. Opt for whole-grain bread for sandwiches or wraps and choose lean proteins like chicken, turkey, or beans. Include affordable yet delicious snacks like homemade trail mix, yogurt, or cut-up veggies with hummus.
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Kick-start your school year with a strong dose of motivation! Set goals and develop goal setting techniques to keep track of progress. Vision boards filled with inspiring quotes, pictures of their dreams, and achievements are great to help offer a fresh contextualization in their heads.
Tip: A great tip for goal setting is to make them S.M.A.R.T. goals:
– Specific: Be clear about what you want to achieve. Make it well-defined and easily understood.
– Measurable: Include criteria to track your progress.
– Achievable: Ensure that your goal is realistic.
– Relevant: Align your goals with your values and aspirations.
– Time-bound: Set a specific timeframe for achieving your goal.
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Keep It Clean
School is a breeding ground for many pesky contagions. Prioritize well-being and safety during the school year through the practice of good hygiene habits, such as encouraging washing their hands frequently, covering their mouth when coughing or sneezing, and using hand sanitizers when necessary.
Sleep is also a major factor in wellness. Ensure they get enough sleep each night to boost the immune system and maintain high energy levels. And to stay safe during physical activities, armor-up with protective gear like helmets, elbow and knee pads.
Tip: Stay informed about any health guidelines and recommendations from healthcare professionals to maintain a safe and healthy school environment.
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Mind Over Matter
Mental preparedness is key to a successful school year. Have them start each day with positive affirmations and reminders of their strengths and capabilities.
Deep breathing or meditation techniques for kids and teens can help calm their minds and reduce stress. Also, encourage them to talk to a trusted adult or counselor for guidance and support.
Tip: Nurture their mental well-being by creating a safe space for open communication to address any anxieties. Talk to them about what their concerns are and how to improve them.
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A new school year is daunting, but it’s not insurmountable. You just need to know the best tools to get on-top of it. By creating nutritious and affordable lunches, staying motivated, taking care of your physical and mental well-being, they’re more than ready to begin anew and charge their brilliance.
Be prepared and emphasize health and well-being to empower our kids and teens to embrace the new school year with enthusiasm, resilience, and a fresh determination to succeed.