Test Stress: Keeping A Healthy Mind & Body
In the middle of studying and stressing, it's easy to forget to take care of the most important thing: ourselves! Staying healthy -- both physically and mentally -- is a very big part of dealing with all kinds of stress, including test stress. Here are some important tips:
Get enough sleep. Being tired can make your stress levels go up, and a good night's sleep is one of nature's most awesome stress-beaters.
- Make sure you go to bed on time and try to get at least eight hours (or more) of sleep at night.
Eat right. Keep a balanced, nutritious diet. Your brain does its best work when it gets turbo fuel from good food.
- Eat plenty of protein, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. They can help you think clearer, study better, and perform better on any kind of test.
- Avoid junk foods made with chemicals and who-knows-what. They're not good for your body or your brain, and might make it harder to manage stress.
Get plenty of exercise. It's super-important to keep your body in shape, because being in good health is one of the best ways to combat stress.
- Do some jumping jacks. Go for a walk. Hop on your bike. Or just turn up the music in your room and DANCE.
- If your body feels good and is working the best it can, all those natural stress-fighting responses will be able to do their jobs.
- Being healthy will also help you stay in a bright mood, think positively, and feel confident.
Have some fun. Feel like your life is all work and no play? You're not alone. Although school and studying are important, we can't survive without some good old fashioned F-U-N.
Georgia O'Keeffe Medical Forms
GO'K Sick Day Guidelines
If your child becomes ill and doesn’t feel well enough to take part in school, as parents or guardians, you should keep your child home until the symptoms improve. This also can help to prevent the spread of the illness to others at school. These are some of the examples of when your child should be kept home:
- Active Vomiting
- Active diarrhea – three or more times in six hours
- Fever (101+) with headache, body aches, earache, sore throat
- Any of the above symptoms with fever (101+) or chills
- If antibiotic treatment is needed, your child should remain home for the first full 24 hours of medication (e.g. if your child has three doses per day ordered, then three doses must be given before the child returns to school)
**Your child can return to school when he or she is well enough to take part in school and has had no fever for 24 hours without medication (Tylenol or Ibuprofen)**