Odds in my favor!

— Tom Hill

I have a couple of things that I find myself saying regularly, and one is that we need to put the odds in our favor. When I am talking to people about the changes that they want or need to make to their lifestyle, I often say that by making small changes we can put the odds in our favor.

I apply this idea of putting the odds in your favor to your health. We need to make the small changes to keep ourselves healthy so that we have the capacity to heal if we need to. But the idea of putting the odds in your favor applies to all the other aspects of your life as well.

New Starts

In August, I start thinking about all the students heading back to school. The new school year is a time of new starts, and in these few weeks before school starts, you have a lot of preparing to do. You’ll have your lists of supplies that you’ll need, but it’s also a great time to start thinking about how you can have a successful school year.

What can you do to put the odds in your favor for having your best school year?

For all students, no matter what their age is, the things that top my list for having your best school year are:

  • Limit your time on social media

I’m not just worried about the amount of time we can lose on social media, although you need to keep an eye on it and make sure you have time to study. I’m also worried about the influence that social media has on all of us. We hear often about kids being bullied through social media, and social media can also make us unhappy with our lives, because we compare them to someone else’s picture perfect life.  

Choose what social media you are going to use and how long you will spend on it each day. Make a plan so that you can put the odds in your favor.

  • Get enough sleep

It is so important to get enough sleep. How much sleep you need depends on your age, but at least between 7 – 9 hours each night. I know that can be hard, especially for high school and college students who have so much homework along with other obligations. It will help you if you plan a schedule with when to get up, when to go to sleep, and how to fit in school, schoolwork, and work around that.

  • Don’t start your day with caffeine

Caffeine is difficult for your body to process. It can make you jittery and wired, which does not help you focus and concentrate while you are trying to learn. If you have anxiety, caffeine can make it worse. It also can be harmful for your body systems.

  • Set a routine and don’t let yourself get overscheduled

It is so easy to get overscheduled. You want to be on teams or in groups, you want to have a social life, and you want to do well in school. Choose a couple of things that you really want to do this year and say no to the rest. Maybe that means you are on a sports team and participate in a church youth night, but you aren’t in the band. Choose the things that excite you now and remember there will be time for other things later.

What would your perfect year look like? How can you put the odds in your favor to have a great year?

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