Building Success: How to Establish Healthy Habits to Prepare for the New Academic Year

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The beginning of a new academic year is both exciting and challenging. For students, it’s a fresh start, but it can also bring anxiety about new routines and expectations. Building healthy habits early on in areas like sleep schedules, social planning, and meals can create a strong foundation for success.

Sleep Schedules: The Bedrock of Success

Why It’s Important: Adequate sleep is crucial for cognitive function, mood regulation, and overall well-being. Lack of sleep can lead to decreased concentration and academic performance.

  1. Establish a Consistent Bedtime Routine: Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day helps regulate your body’s internal clock.
  2. Avoid Electronics Before Bed: Screens emit blue light, which can interfere with melatonin production.

Social Planning: Balance and Boundaries

Why It’s Important: A healthy social life supports emotional well-being and reduces stress, but overcommitment can detract from study time.

  1. Schedule Social Activities: Plan social outings or online catch-ups in advance.
  2. Set Boundaries: Know when to say no, and don’t overcommit.

Meals: Fuel for the Mind

Why It’s Important: Proper nutrition fuels the brain and body, enhancing concentration and energy levels. Skipping meals or eating poorly can lead to fatigue and hinder learning.

  1. Plan and Prepare Meals Ahead: Prepping meals saves time during the week.
  2. Eat Balanced, Nutritious Meals: Include a mix of nutrients to fuel your body and mind.

Life Management: Building Habits That Last

Why It’s Important: Effective life management promotes a sense of control and achievement. Organizing non-academic obligations in advance enables a smoother integration of school-related responsibilities.

  1. Outline Non-Academic Obligations: Build a schedule for chores, extracurricular activities, family time, and other non-academic responsibilities to create room for academic duties once they begin.
  2. Incorporate Exercise and Self-Care: Regular physical activity enhances well-being and sets a routine that can be maintained throughout the school year.


Establishing solid habits in sleep, social planning, meals, and life management is not just about gearing up for the academic challenges ahead. By focusing on these non-school related aspects now, students lay the groundwork to integrate school-related responsibilities more easily and readily once they begin.

This proactive approach helps students navigate the challenges of the new year with resilience and thrive both in and out of the classroom. The foundations laid in these crucial areas support academic achievement and contribute to personal growth and lifelong success. If you need help, get in touch with us!

Casey Schmalacker

Casey Schmalacker, Vice President at New Frontiers, is a seasoned leader in marketing, sales, and business development. With a dual degree in Government and Law and Economics from Lafayette College, he has spent the past 10 years coaching students, adults, and organizations to improve executive functions, soft skills, and workplace performance. Casey’s approach is rooted in strategic development and a passion for personalized coaching, emphasizing a culture of continuous improvement.

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