How to Survive Thrive during the Last Few Weeks of School

April 4th, 2014 | By Marjie No Comments

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Summer is just outside the window … all.day.long.  We get it. You’re ready for summer break. Every student in the Athens area is thinking the same thing! But there are still several weeks of school remaining, and it’s important to ‘keep your head in the academic game.’
So here are some ways to do that.

Give Yourself a Break

Use your time between classes.  Stop to chat with friends, grab books for the next class, do all the things you usually do.  Just be sure you’re also getting a long drink of water as you pass the drinking fountain.  And stretch your back, arms, and neck as you settle behind the desk in your next class.  When you’re doing homework and studying at home, take a five-minute break every hour or so … take some deep breaths, move your legs, stretch.  You’ll feel the difference!

Fuel Up

Your body needs healthy food and lots of water all the time, but especially when you’re feeling extra busy or maybe even stressed.  Be sure that you’re eating a good breakfast and that you’re taking advantage of the healthier foods now offered in your school cafeteria.  And believe it or not, water is much more energizing than so-called energy drinks.  They may give you a quick buzz, but it’s short-lived.  Water will keep you going longer, and it’s a whole lot better for you!

Use Your Apps

Your folks probably joke about how much they rely on their calendars to help them remember everything they need to do.  Well, there’s some good advice in that.  If you keep test dates, homework deadlines, book report info, and other work in your Calendar or Notes app, you can let them be your reminders and you’ll feel less stressed about having to remember everything on your own.

Get Some Air

Literally.  Get outside … breathe deeply … walk or jog or just sit in the swingset and let your legs dangle.  Fresh air is invigorating and renewing.  And if you’re with friends, all the better!

Keep Moving

Keep your normal routine with exercise.  If you’re on a sports team, make sure you don’t miss any practices.  If you’re not on a team, just enjoy a jog on the track, or a fun game of tennis or golf, or a bike ride on one of Athens’ great trails.  Your body will appreciate the movement, and your brain will appreciate the physical renewal.

Don’t Sweat Too Much … well, you know what me mean

Keep grades and competitions – sports, science, music, and more – in perspective.  It’s important to do your best, yes.  But it’s even more important to make mental and physical health your highest priority!

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