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WEEK 4 - Friday 1 October 2021

Having a daily routine can be a stress and sanity-saver during a hectic working week, both for parents AND students. Not only can certain repetitive actions benefit your physical health (such as regular exercise), but they can also improve your mental health by reducing your stress levels. Every time you have to make a decision, you are adding some stress to your life. The more decisions you have to make, the less self-control you'll have. While you can't do away with decision-making completely, creating regular routines can take much of the guesswork out of your day:

  • Start your day off right. Figure out what time you need to leave the house each morning and set your alarm so you have plenty of time to accomplish your at-home tasks before you hit the road. Rather than jumping from task to task, create a set routine and stick with it. You'll waste less physical energy and brain space.
  • Sleep better. A regular bedtime routine is essential to good sleep hygiene. Turn off your electronic devices an hour before bed and avoid stressful conversations in the evenings. Brush your teeth and wash your face well before your set bedtime so you get to sleep on time and wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle your day.
  • Enjoy quality time with loved ones. Even if your family's schedule is busy, creating a weeknight family dinner routine is a great way to ensure you and your loved ones have time with each other at the end of the day. 
  • Have more time for activities you love. By creating an efficient, routine schedule, you'll leave room for activities you truly enjoy. Spend more time exercising, watching the latest netflix shows or playing on the latest console games...yes i know...FIFA 22 has landed!!! But always do these activities in moderation and with a structure and a routine in place. Believe me, it has helped me to control my 14 year old boys who love to play Fifa 22!

Routines will shorten the amount of choices we have to make during the day. I constantly speak to year 9 students about choices. We have the opportunity to make good AND bad choices throughout the day. If we can limit these choices by implementing simple routines at key times of the day i.e what time we get up, when and where we eat, what time we put our phones away, preparing uniform and school bag for the next day...we will improve how we attack each day due to the fact that key decisions are already in place. We create a structure that supports our well being and allows us to perform at the best of our ability. 

In conclusion, don't be afraid of implementing simple, easy to follow routines and structure to your children's lives. It will free up their minds and allow them to focus on more important decisions they will face throughout their school day. Hopefully they will then see the positive outcomes in their school experience as we move forward in this new school year. 

If you have any concerns or questions please contact me at hoyy9@hessleacademy.com 

Mr Leckenby

Head of Year 9

Mrs Newman

Assistant Head of Year 9