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Positive Substances: Perfecting the Balance for a Healthy Adolescent

When it comes to feeling your best and doing your greatest as an elementary, intermediate, or high school student, several essential areas of self-care come to mind: 8 to 10 hours of sleep, healthy diet, plenty water to drink, focused academic work, exercise, good hygiene, and of course, positive relationships with family, friends, peers, teachers and coaches.

That’s a lot to manage for many students. However, there is another area that may help everything else fall perfectly into place—extra-curricular activities AKA Positive Substances! These interests, such as volleyball, surfing, martial arts, hula, photography, basketball (the list is infinite!) are the coolest for so many reasons.

First of all, they tire out students and promote earlier bed times. They can also create healthier eating habits and make it so drinking water becomes necessary. Schoolwork should be finished in a more timely and awesome manner. A lot of these Positive Substances are such good physical education that exercise becomes a routine. When students feel good they also want to look good, so hygiene is almost automatically enhanced. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, strong relationships are created that can last a lifetime.

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