Get Ahead of the School Year
Yes, it will soon be time for students to head back to school. This transition can be both exciting and challenging for both children and parents. It is important to focus on managing energy and stress while embracing the beauty of autumn. Here are some to tips to support your well-being during this season. It is also important to meet with your Naturopathic Doctor prior to starting any new plans as they will make recommendations geared specifically to your needs.
Nourishing Foods for Energy: Fuelling your body with nutritious foods is essential for maintaining energy levels throughout the day. Incorporate seasonal fruits and vegetables, such as apples, pumpkins, and sweet potatoes, which are rich in vitamins and antioxidants. Don’t forget to include whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats in your diet to support sustained energy.
Mindful Stress Management: The return to school can bring on stress and anxiety. Practice mindfulness techniques like deep breathing, meditation, or yoga to help you stay grounded and focused. Taking breaks and spending time in nature can also help reduce stress and improve overall well-being.
Prioritize Sleep: Adequate sleep is crucial for optimal performance and managing stress. Establish a consistent sleep schedule, create a relaxing bedtime routine, and ensure your sleeping environment is conducive to restful sleep. Aim for seven to nine hours of sleep per night, as this will greatly impact your energy levels during the day.
Stay Hydrated: Proper hydration is often overlooked but plays a significant role in maintaining energy and focus. Carry a reusable water bottle with you and drink throughout the day. Herbal teas and infused water can add variety and extra benefits to your hydration routine.
Immune Support: With the change in weather, the risk of catching a cold or flu increases. Strengthen your immune system by consuming vitamin C-rich foods (such as oranges, bell peppers, and broccoli) and incorporating immune-boosting herbs.
Time Management: Balancing school, extracurricular activities, and personal life can be overwhelming. Develop effective time management strategies to ensure you have time for studying, relaxation, and socializing. Prioritize tasks and avoid overloading your schedule.
Herbal Support for Stress: Certain herbs can help ease stress and promote relaxation. Consider trying adaptogenic herbs (such as ginseng, rosemary, and licorice root), which have been traditionally used to support the body’s response to stress. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new supplements.
Connection and Support: During this busy time, remember to lean on friends, family, or school counsellors for support. Sharing your experiences and feelings can lighten the load and provide valuable insights.
As the season changes and you embark on a new academic journey, take care of your well-being by implementing these tips.