Fall is quickly approaching along with the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. You have got books to find and purchase, a few outfits to put together, might even be getting over a recent cold, and of course there is the excitement of going back to a somewhat regular life. Whether you are returning to a school campus or settling in for learning via online video, consider your mental, physical, and immune health to keep things running smoothly once exams and assignments start popping up. 

1. Try to always dress for success! This one is especially for the readers who will be staying home for online learning this September. It is possible to influence your mood based on your environment and it can be hard to get in a learning mindset when you’re in couch potato clothes. If you are less than pumped about not going in to school in person, perk yourself up by wearing that top notch first day outfit for your video class. When you look good, you give yourself a chance to feel good. 

2. Sitting is the new smoking. The longer and more often you sit over time, the higher your chance of developing heart disease, blood clots, and joint arthritis. Use the minutes or hours you have between class to stand up for a full body stretch and deep breathing. Movement and deep breathing can also combat depression and anxiety that can build when learning complex new topics. There is a plethora of short 5 minute or less full body movement videos you can look up and complete before the next bell rings! 

Fall is quickly approaching along with the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. You have got books to find and purchase, a few outfits to put together, might even be getting over a recent cold, and of course there is the excitement of going back to a somewhat regular life. Whether you are returning to a school campus or settling in for learning via online video, consider your mental, physical, and immune health to keep things running smoothly once exams and assignments start popping up. 

1. Try to always dress for success! This one is especially for the readers who will be staying home for online learning this September. It is possible to influence your mood based on your environment and it can be hard to get in a learning mindset when you’re in couch potato clothes. If you are less than pumped about not going in to school in person, perk yourself up by wearing that top notch first day outfit for your video class. When you look good, you give yourself a chance to feel good. 

2. Sitting is the new smoking. The longer and more often you sit over time, the higher your chance of developing heart disease, blood clots, and joint arthritis. Use the minutes or hours you have between class to stand up for a full body stretch and deep breathing. Movement and deep breathing can also combat depression and anxiety that can build when learning complex new topics. There is a plethora of short 5 minute or less full body movement videos you can look up and complete before the next bell rings! 

3. Don’t touch your face. Don’t take off your mask. Making new habits can be difficult, but these two tips are imperative for student leaving the house to learn. The novel coronavirus along with the well-known flu virus are both easily spread by the moist droplets in an infected person’s breath that can be spread while breathing from nose or mouth or talking without a mask on. The risk of picking up coronavirus and the flu are greatly decreased when you are wearing a mask and when a person within 6 feet of you is also wearing a mask. If you absolutely have to touch your face, use hand sanitizer before and after.