Determined to take better care of yourself this academic year? Start the year off right with some simple well-being tips for a healthier lifestyle.

1. Pack a healthy lunch

If you’re bored with sarnies and salads, what about a baked savoury omelette? They are a super easy, make-ahead lunch that you can just grab and go. Plus you can use up your leftovers, so thrifty too!

  • Grease the cups of a 12 hole cake tin.
  • Preheat the oven to 175 oC, gas mark 4.
  • Half fill each hole with whatever you have – finely chopped or grated raw veg, leftover cooked veg, cheese and cooked meat all work well.
  • Whisk 12 eggs in a jug, season to taste with salt, pepper and whatever herbs or spices you have to hand, and fill each hole with the mixture.
  • Sprinkle a little grated cheese on the top if you like.
  • Bake in the oven until set and slightly browned (about 15 mins).

These keep in the fridge for about a week and are good warmed for a few seconds in the microwave or cold. To adjust the recipe up or down, allow one egg per omelette.

2. Up your exercise levels

If exercise tends to be the first thing you ditch when you are busy, think again. As well as helping you think more clearly (and who doesn’t need that when they’re in school?), exercise is proven to lower the risks of developing diabetes, some types of cancer and high blood pressure, along with a host of other physical and mental health benefits. The key is to find exercise that you enjoy (and there really is something for everyone, no matter how much you think “I’m not an exercise person”) so if you haven’t found it yet, try some new ideas.

Get someone to go with you if you need some additional motivation. If you’re not a competitive person, try walking, swimming or using machines at the gym. Maybe a team game or dancing is more your style? Check out what’s available in your local area – you might be surprised!

3. Notice what’s around you

In the hurly burly of the school day, it’s easy to miss the beauty of the everyday, so make a conscious effort to look for it. One easy way to focus on this is to set yourself a challenge to take a daily photo of something that catches your eye. After just a few days you will begin to notice things without having to think about it.

4. Time for a pastime?

Do you have a hobby or pastime that you’ve let slip lately? Taking your focus off work for a while and onto something you enjoy gives you a chance to recharge. Maybe now’s the time to dust it off, or start a new one?

5. How are you sleeping?

A good night’s sleep is vital to recharge for the day ahead. If you find it difficult to sleep at this hectic time of year, try these simple tips:

  • Banish screens of all sorts from the bedroom. Yes, even your phone!
  • Develop a relaxing wind down routine to signal to your mind when it is time to sleep and give yourself time to switch off.
  • Keep a notebook by your bed – jotting worries down to deal with in the morning can help you get back to sleep.
  • Make sure your bedroom is dark and cool. Invest in some blackout blinds if your room is too light.
  • If you are having ongoing problems with sleep, seek advice from your doctor.


Sam Collins

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