Bad habits that you probably do (and how to give them up)

Sophie Wang, Staff Writer

Nobody’s perfect. It’s normal for everyone to have lots of imperfections here and there, but face it, there are some habits that you need to get rid of. 

To begin with: procrastination. I don’t think I’ve ever met a student who never procrastinates, so we all know that it leaves you feeling low. Sometimes doing homework and studying for tests can feel like it’s impossible, you would rather die than to pause your YouTube video and pick up that textbook. And after a long day of school, you would give anything for a “short” break. It’s obvious that procrastination is bad, so here’s how you can defeat the witch inside. One, turn off all distractions! Watching TV while also working at the same time can be more fun, but you probably won’t get a lot of work done. Put your phone in another room, and after you’ve reached your study goals, reward yourself with some freedom to do whatever you want without feeling guilty.

 Breakfast the most important meal of the day. You’ve probably heard that around somewhere. Not only does eating breakfast energize you, it also can boost your brain power for the entire day. Unfortunately, many teenagers don’t even eat lunch, much less breakfast. Not eating breakfast can cause weight gain, acne and can have so many more health effects, especially on students. Eating a balanced breakfast is easy, maybe some fruits, some eggs or a cup of yogurt. If you have a hard time making breakfast for yourself early in the morning, you can try to make it the night before when you don’t feel as lazy, so when in the morning, all you have to do is grab that food. 

While we’re on the topic of self care, it’s important to go outside once in a while, especially nowadays, while in distance learning. I’m not saying that you should go throw a full on party, but I know that a lot of students are completely cutting themselves off from the outside world, their only connection being social media. Quarantine has students on their computers for over 12 hours a day, going to school, doing classwork and homework and going to other online zoom classes. Way above the 2 hour recommendation. Going outside a few times a week can’t do you much harm, even if you have an overload of homework. Go take a walk to cool your brain, rest your eyes and brighten up your mood.

These tips here are not only to raise your school performance, but also to stick with you so that you can have a healthier lifestyle and a happier mood. Giving yourself time to develop better habits will help you overcome your bad habits.