Counselor's Corner

March 1, 2011

From Ms. Underwood, Counselor’s Corner

You are a great work in progress!  Your middle school years are a time when everything starts to change—especially your body and mind and that is why it is important to make some changes in your routine. 

foodpyramidEat right.  Make choices with your food and drink that are healthy for you.

-Drink plenty of water.
-Limit the number of sodas to a couple a week.
-Watch the amount of candy that you eat.
-Make sure that you drink plenty of milk and eat lots of fruits and vegetables.

Exercise.  At middle school age you should get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day.  You will look and feel better and you will even do better in school.

Sleep.  As a middle school student you need at least eight or nine hours of sleep.  So turn off those cell phones, computers, and TVs.

De-Stress.  Exercise, good healthy choices of food, and a good night’s sleep will help to de-stress but so will a bit of fun and laughter.  Take time to watch a funny movie with friends or family or play a board game or a card game.

Your body, your emotions, and your mind are all changing and on their own timetables.  You may notice that you are starting  to get pimples on your face, back, or chest.  You may feel like laughing one minute and running off to your bedroom slamming the door the next minute just because someone has looked at you wrong.  You may also notice that your hair is starting to get oilier.  Remember that no one is perfect and no one has the perfect body, but every one of you needs to like and accept yourself for who you are.

What are the qualities that you like about yourself?  Write down three.
What is one quality that you would like to change?  Write it down.

Start your day with a list of three things that you are grateful for in your life.  Positive thinking does make a huge difference in your outlook on life and will help your day go well.