By Remy Marin, Teen Editorial Manager with a personal mission to help every teen de-stress and recognize what truly matters in life.
At the beginning of last summer, I was in a bit of a slump. Exhausted from the school year, I took a week or so to recuperate. So this summer, I’m gearing up to mix up my life a bit.
Here are a few changes I made that have really helped me feel refreshed and more energetic. Maybe some of the techniques I used could help you jumpstart your life, too. Below, I’ve listed a few suggestions you might want to try.
Walk or bike
Sometimes it can be tough for teens to get around. With limited public transportation, teens without licenses or cars often have to ask parents or older siblings for rides. Last summer, I took a different tack: I started walking and biking to local destinations. Not only did I become less dependent on my parents, but I also got more exercise and fresh air!
Spend time outdoors
On days with a lot of work to do, it’s easy to get stuck inside. Whenever this happened to me, I always felt crummy and suffocated. I felt much better when I opted to do my work in a town park or in my backyard. It was great to get fresh air, and I was actually more productive when I wasn’t cooped up in my room.
Once school is over, you’ll probably have more time for pleasure reading. I find that if I spend too much time watching television or using the computer I get groggy. Reading instead is a great change. It gets your mind working and can spark up your down time. And thanks to libraries and bookstores, you’ll never have to flip through the channels desperately searching for something interesting!
One of the most important ways to refresh your life is to eat well. I’m not suggesting you sign up with Weight Watchers, but I do think a few simple changes can make a world of difference.
First of all, exchange the Pepsi can for a water bottle. Soda is filled with sugar and artificial flavors and is surprisingly bad for you when consumed in great quantities. Water, on the other hand, has absolutely nothing added to it, and is both refreshing and cleansing.
Second, eat breakfast! I’ve found that I feel weak whenever I eat a skimpy breakfast (or no breakfast!), while eating something with protein and fiber gives me energy.
Third, if you’re going to snack on something, don’t go for a chocolate bar or bag of chips. Take a piece of fruit or some yogurt. By eating something nutritious, you’ll feel energized and healthier.
Take it to the next level
Every once in a while, you need to freshen up a bit. Try following these tips and—who knows?—you might start a new school year on a high note!
Last reviewed October 2014.