Jadyn Fisher

This year has been long and, for many, full of stress. 

Routines might have been lost and morale may be down, but there are tons of little things you can do to make it a little more positive and enjoyable. Having a balance of a healthy mind and body is the key.

How I sleep makes a huge impact on my day. Especially over break, my sleep schedule started to become less consistent, which led to a lack of productivity. For teenagers, studies show that eight to 10 hours of sleep are ideal; and for adults, that number shifts to seven to nine hours, according to the Mayo Clinic. Having a solid sleep schedule builds a foundation to a successful day. Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day helps your internal clock and may lead to more restful sleep.

As tough as it may be sometimes, eating well and getting exercise into your daily routine is also beneficial, no matter your age. Walking outdoors and eating healthy food can make a difference in your mental state. Exercising helps combat arthritis, blood pressure and diabetes, but it also helps with anxiety and depression by releasing endorphins, the Mayo Clinic reported. 

Mental health plays such a large part in our day-to-day lives, and your mindset on daily tasks can completely change your day. It is so easy to get wrapped up in negatives and a “fixed” mindset that it becomes difficult to see all the good in life. No matter how small, there is something to be happy about every day. Looking for these good things makes even bad days seem not so terrible. Instead of being in a “fixed” mindset and only being able to see one side of things, try looking at the big picture or a “growth” mindset. For example, see little missteps as an opportunity to grow, instead of a failure. No matter how old you are or how much you have experienced, there is always something new to learn and grow from.

Things may be tough right now for some people, and things will be tough in the future, too, but how you take care of yourself really does make all the difference. Be gentle with yourself. Notice how you talk to yourself and whether you would want somebody else talking like that to you. All of this may seem silly in concept, but as you start making an effort to implement basic things into your day, you start to notice how your life and mindset change. If you need help changing your mindset, all DVUSD high school campuses have a Southwest Behavioral counselor on site. They are taking online therapy sessions until we are back on campus. Contact your school academic counselor for more information on how to sign up.

Jadyn Fisher attends Sandra Day O’Connor High School.