By: Alena You
As Martha Beck says, “How you do anything is how you do everything”, and this quote has stuck with me for quite some time now. It is important that you show up for yourself at home and not just at school. There are a few key things to focus on at home that will spill over to your academic, social, and spiritual wellness.
Make Sure You are Healthy
Eat a healthy diet, which involves a balanced meal. Let’s say you either have the option of eating a bag of hot Cheetos with Maruchan cup noodles or home-cooked pasta with Brussel sprouts cooked in maple bacon. Which choice will you make? I would definitely take the second option since it provides many nutrients that will help me fuel through my day. Exercising moderately every day can also help you build endurance, stamina, and strength to keep you moving forward. It can also help you with memory, focus, and concentration in your studies. You can also continue to stay active if you join a sports team at school.
Your Environment is Your Everything
Your surroundings will affect you as a person, so it is important to surround yourself with people who uplift you and whom you look up to. This could be your parents, siblings, friends, and people you look up to. This allows you to be able to have a mentor and feel better about yourself. Another way to maintain a good environment is to keep your space clean and organized. When you go home, it is your sanctuary. If your home is messy, your mind will be cluttered as well. Make sure you do what you need in order to keep your physical space tidy so your mental space is tidy. This will help you limit your distractions at home.
Fail to Plan is a Plan to Fail
To succeed, it is important to practice planning ahead when you are at home. One way to plan for the day is to create to-do lists. This has helped me understand what tasks need to be completed in the short term. The last thing you want is to miss a task that was supposed to be due. Another way to plan is to reflect each day on your current day and plan what the next days will look like for you. This can be something like reflecting on previous failures or learning opportunities, and how you can improve them moving forward. The little things you do at the home matter more than you think. Simple tasks like double-checking your belongings before leaving the house and diligently reading and reflecting on the corrections your teacher gave you can bring you a long way in other areas of your life.
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