By: Nancy McKenna - Social Studies Teacher
School and life can be hard, and it is so important to make sure that you keep your life balanced so you are able to maintain a happy and healthy life! You will find that the more balanced you are the more productive and happier you will be. There are a number of ways you can keep your life balanced, and I have included some tips below.
- Set boundaries! It is important to set specific goals for yourself and keep yourself challenged in school, but it is also vital that you allow yourself time to relax, recharge, and do the things you enjoy. Work hard on your schoolwork during the day, and then take the evenings off to read a book, play a sport, spend time with your family, or anything else that brings you joy. Turn your brain off of school for a little bit.
- Break it Down! It is easy to become overwhelmed with all of the things we need to accomplish. Keeping your school goals broken down into mini goals can help you reach small milestones that will keep you motivated and feeling positive. By setting attainable goals, you are keeping yourself more mentally balanced and not overwhelming yourself with too many things that are in only 1 category (school, work..etc).
- Spread out your goals! Have goals for school, work, hobbies, working out, or anything else that helps keep you balanced. For example, you might set a school goal to work 7 days over winter break and be caught up in all of your classes when we return. On a personal front, you might want to learn a new sport, eat more healthy foods, or find a new project! I recently started learning to knit, and I also have a goal to read 100 books this year. I am on book 68 so I still have a little bit to go, but it has been a very fun goal!
- Find the Fun! Life is way more fun when you find what makes you happy. While it is so important to focus on your schoolwork and do well, it is also crucial that you balance yourself with fun activities. Find something fun!
There are times when we all struggle with school, work, or life. It is during these times that it is more important than ever to find your balance. Don’t let yourself get bogged down with the things that are not going well or working, and find something where you can achieve success and feel good! It might be something little like making your bed each day, but as you accomplish something and feel positive about what you have done, you will find that it starts picking up your spirits and making you feel better. When it comes to school, talk to your homeroom teacher and let him/her help you set mini goals and cheer you on. I will let you in on a little secret...as teachers, our FAVORITE thing to do is to encourage you and help you find success! We are here for you!
As we get ready for a new year, set a goal to be more balanced in your life!