5 reminders for your best school year yet

It’s hard to believe we’re already talking about school starting back up again. Whether you’re starting school in two days, two weeks, or two years, the staff at North Care is cheering for you and wants you to have your best school year yet. Here are a few reminders for tackling the year with grace, margin, and ease.

Set realistic goals.

January isn’t the only time for setting new resolutions. As you begin the new school year, consider setting a few goals that are manageable and attainable (aka, things that are challenging but also realistic for the entire school year, not just the first few weeks).

A few questions to consider: how do you want to grow this year? What things do you need to focus on? What are some things you want to start, stop, or keep doing?

Communicate well.

Social media has increased our connectivity, but hasn’t been shown to improve our face-to-face communication. Since communication is imperative for healthy relationships, think about how you communicate with your family, friends, teachers, coworkers, or classmates. Do you need to listen more, or perhaps be more up front about what you want or need? How much time do you spend on social media vs. real life interaction with your friends?

Improve your time management.

The school year pulls you in a million different directions. How are you supposed to make time to study, attend class, maintain friendships, stay healthy and have a social life? Not without planning, prioritizing, and good organization. What do you need to do this year to help yourself stay on task and avoid procrastination (and to create margin for yourself).

Here’s a few ideas to start: write a to-do list, write notes or reminders, set deadlines, create alerts or alarms on your phone, and ask friends or family members to keep you accountable and follow up with you.

Prioritize your health & wellness.

Overall wellness is vital to your success and sanity in school (and in life), but it’s not just about dieting or exercising x number of times a day. The key to staying healthy is taking care of your body, mind, and emotions—and you can do this by building healthy habits that will set you up for success.

Here’s a few you can start with (read our blog post from last year post for more): don’t spread yourself too thin (hello, time management); sleep, eat, exercise, and repeat; and find a physical activity that you enjoy and can do regularly.

We’re rooting for you and want to see you succeed this semester. Take the time to take care of yourself!