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Starting the Semester Off Right: 5 Healthy Habits to Implement into Your Routine

By: Georgia Cutrell

With the second semester beginning, past routines are out the window, and there’s no better time to pick up some new productive habits. I’ve always found that the best time to implement and stick with new habits is when I have a shift in life and need to create a new routine. So, while you’re getting used to your new class schedule, here are five simple and healthy habits you can add to your routine and carry with you through the semester! 

  1. Make Daily and Weekly To-Do Lists: Making to-do lists is a simple way to stay organized and ensure that you know everything you need to get done. Creating a list for the week can give you a better idea of how you should plan out each day, and then breaking it down into daily lists makes the tasks more manageable. This easy habit can aid your memory, help you stay motivated, and provide you with a sense of accomplishment every day while only taking a few minutes to create! 

  2. Find a Way to Stay Active That Works For You: Exercise is good for your physical well-being and can do wonders for your mental health, and there is no single way to get moving. Whether lifting, walking around the neighborhood, or trying a new workout class, doing at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day is key for a healthy lifestyle. So, find something you enjoy doing that makes you feel good, and make it a part of your daily routine. 

  3. Sleep Well: When classes get busy, and it seems you don’t have enough time to complete everything, sleep can get low on the priority list. However, getting at least 7 hours of sleep is crucial for your overall well-being, so make it a top priority for yourself! Sticking to a consistent sleep schedule and creating a nighttime routine can help ensure you fall asleep more quickly and wake up well-rested.

  4. Keep Your Space Clean and Organized: When I wake up to a messy room, I’m discouraged from getting up and starting my day. I’m not sure what the science behind it is, but keeping your room or space clean can decrease stress and increase productivity, two great ways to start the day. So before you go to bed at night, try to pick up a few things to avoid a clutter build-up so you can start each day by checking “clean room” off the to-do list.  

  5. Take Time for Yourself: In our fast-paced and often stressful lives, setting aside dedicated moments for self-care allows you to recharge and rejuvenate. Self-care activities may include activities that bring joy, relaxation, and a sense of fulfillment, helping to alleviate stress, improve mood, and enhance resilience; ultimately, prioritizing self-care fosters a healthier and more balanced lifestyle, contributing to increased productivity and better relationships, and a greater sense of inner peace.

Since the second semester has just begun, it is the perfect opportunity to prioritize your health and productivity by implementing these healthy habits into your routine. Pick one, two, or all of them, and give them a try this semester!

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