Thursday, August 27, 2015

Guest post from the JED Foundation

With the new school year upon us, we asked our summer interns what tips they think would be helpful for students going back to school. Take a look!

Whether you’ve been preparing to go back to school for weeks or you're a last minute packer, it’s time to head to campus. These wellness tips will help you start the school year off right.
  1. Stay Focused: Summer is a good time to relax and recharge – but after a few months in the sun, it’s helpful to refocus on what you want to get out of your education. Reflect on what your college education means to you, and how it helps you to achieve your potential. This will allow you to return to school with a fresh and newly energized mindset.
  2. Get Mentally and Physically Prepared: The school grind can be tough. Loads of work and socializing can put your mind and body under pressure. Clear you mind and stay centered by exercising, getting enough sleep, and eating well.
  3. Set Achievable Goals: It’s easy to get bogged down with work and other obligations. Setting goals can help you manage your priorities when the school year starts. Whether it’s to join more clubs, get involved with a charity, go for a walk every day or take advantage of your professor’s office hours, specific goals will help make the school year more productive.
  4. Create Good HabitsGood habits (like getting to bed earlier or limiting your hours of screen time) can do wonders for your well-being. Establishing good habits at the beginning of the school year will help you to start off on the right foot and maintain them moving forward.
  5. Don’t Overthink It: Be confident in your preparation and your abilities as a student. Try not to get too caught up in worrying about your grades or how much other students may be doing compared to you. Instead, put trust in yourself that you will be fine and are capable of navigating challenges that may come your way.
Remember, if you are concerned about yourself or a friend, please speak up and ask for help. Reach out to a counselor or advisor on your campus. You can always text "START" to 741-741 or call 1-800-273 TALK (8255) for support.
For more tips about staying emotionally healthy at school, visitULifeline.org.

Also check out on campus resources on the Saints Life Page and WellU page.
From all of us at JED and the College of St. Scholastica, have a great year!