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You in Mind - Back to School Basics

You in Mind – Back to School Basics

Back-to-School Basics

By Melissa Smith, CNP

School is back in session!

Hopefully, all of the normal initial anxieties of the new school year are diminishing. The worries about teachers, peers and schoolwork can be overwhelming, to say the least. However, reassurance and positive thinking can go a long way in helping with transitioning to a new grade level and classroom environment.

The following three recommendations can go a long way in supporting children and adolescents through their daily school and home activities and in helping them to do their very best:

  1. Good nutrition – Eat three healthy meals daily. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Also, take a daily multivitamin.
  2. Good exercise – Daily exercise routines of 20-30 minutes promote good health.
  3. Good sleep – Children and adolescents need nine to 11 hours of sleep per night (without TV, cellphones or electronics).

Peak academic and personal performance is the goal, and taking care of our physical needs is important in working towards attaining our goals in life. Happy new school year!


At Connections, we serve as a regional resource center providing medical, educational, speech/language, and dyslexia evaluation services for children and teenagers. Following diagnosis, we work with you and your child to determine the best course of treatment and therapy for them. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at 601-261-5159.

Information on this page should be utilized as a guide, not medical advice. If you feel you need to speak with someone regarding counseling or mental health, please contact Psychology & Counseling to make an appointment.