AY About You wants to help our readers take care of themselves, stay refreshed and less stressed with our new weekly feature Wellness Wednesday. Each Wednesday, we will have an article about health and wellness to promote all around well-being. That means physically, mentally and emotionally!


While most schools reopened for onsite learning in Arkansas last week, some students are learning remotely through online classes. It can be difficult to stay motivated even under normal circumstances, so AY About You is sharing a few tips to help for this Wellness Wednesday. 


Set goals

Write down your goals and the reasons why you want to accomplish them. It can be hard to stay motivated working towards a goal if you don’t remember the reasons behind them. Keep in mind that goals need to be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. 


Make a schedule

It is important to set a schedule and be intentional about what you will be working on for a specific time period. Even though looking ahead at future assignments and projects can be overwhelming, you can determine in advance how much time will be needed to prepare. 


Visualize the final results

Visualizing the final results can help you focus on getting there. Many successful athletes practice visualization as part of their training. Phil Jackson, who won 11 NBA championships coaching the Chicago Bulls and Lakers, said that visualization is an important tool to him. He coached both Shaquille O’Neal and Michael Jordan. 


Practice microtasking

Breaking down a large project or assignment into smaller tasks can help make it more manageable. Consider making a checklist with the smaller tasks to track your progress. Some might be basic like organizing the necessary materials, looking for resources or drafting an outline. 


Reward yourself

Develop your own reward system to help stay motivated. When you reward yourself, your dopamine levels rise. It is the “feel-good” neurotransmitter that contributes to the feelings of happiness and satisfaction.



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