Starting new habits for the school year is not just for students. It is a great time, with a lot of momentum, for many to take advantage and set a new routine to reclaim your health, your Vitality and have an amazing year.
1. Get Organized. Making a plan for what you’re going to do and when you’re going to do it will make sure you’re always ahead of the curve – literally.
2. Get Sleep. A healthy and productive day begins after a good night’s sleep. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends preschoolers receive 10-13 hours of sleep each night (including naps), grade schoolers receive 9-12 hours of sleep each night and teenagers receive 8-10 hours of sleep each night. Adults need to sleep 7-8 hrs. If you or your child doesn’t get enough sleep, they’ll have a hard time concentrating and engaging at school/work. Establish and stick to a bedtime that ensures all will be well rested come morning.
3. Eat Breakfast. They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and that’s because eating a nutritious breakfast provides fuel for the day ahead. According to Consumer Reports, a 2013 analysis of 36 studies published in the journal Frontiers Neuroscience found that regular breakfast eaters are more likely to exhibit “on-task behavior,” such as paying attention, being alert and concentrating in class. Just make healthy choices and stay away from the sugar.
4. Pack a Healthy Lunch. Breakfast is important, and a healthy lunch is important, too. Prepare your lunches the night before school (or have them pack their own lunch if they’re old enough) so you aren’t scrambling to find a nutritious meal to send them to school with as you usher them out the door. Even if your child is attending school remotely from home, it’s still a good idea to pack their lunch as if they were eating at school. The practice will keep your day on track and will ensure you’re not scrambling come lunchtime.
5. Make time for rest and fun activities. All work and no play… you know the rest. Don’t forget to enjoy life and reward yourself when you deserve it. Successes need to be celebrated and by having balance in life makes it easier and more enjoyable to maintain a successful routine.
6. Use the power of repetition. There is nothing like repetition to get good at something. To master something, you’ll have to experiment and repeat, just as the Wright Brothers did, time and again, before getting that first flight. And remember that there has to be a bit of a “stretch” to improve each time—even if simply doing it today is the stretch you make. If something is important to you, make a commitment to repeatedly spend time on it—every day, every week.
7. Schedule regular appointments with your favorite holistic health care professional. A balanced and well-functioning body and mind will improve your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. Some self-care is good for everyone, (remember #5 and 6 above) and as you feel better you will more easily create your power routine.
We love to care for our clients and help them become the best versions of themselves. We feel honored to be a part of the transformations we see in many who benefit from regular care. So many of the habits can be found reinforced in each other and that is part of the secret to success. Tell us in the comments how you are doing.