New School Year Prep Day 1 – Health and Wellness
It’s countdown time for the new academic year. For me, I am simultaneously wrapping up the summer semester and getting a jump on the new one. I am doing it both as a university instructor and a parent of a tween who is starting middle school. Here are some of the steps that I take to make sure that we are ready for the new year. Whether you are a professor, teacher, parent, or student, these suggestions and reminders that will prepare you for what lies ahead. Afterall, the less you have on the plate when the school year begins, the better off you will be.
Health and Wellness
You might have insurance that is provided to you through your employer if you work a certain number of hours. If this benefit is ending before the new academic year, you will want to make sure that you are on another plan. If you are a student, especially those in graduate school, you might be coming off a parent’s policy shortly. Take a look at the marketplace or other options that might be available through employers. If you are a full-time employee and have health insurance benefits, take note of the enrollment period and schedule some time now to review the plans when they roll out. If you don’t have health insurance right now, look into what is available to you and enroll as soon as possible.
My favorite times to schedule routine doctors’ visits are in June and December. During breaks. But if you need any appointments for you and your family, schedule them now and try to get them wrapped up before the school year begins. These appointments might include:
- Athletic clearances for sports
- Immunization updates for school requirements, general boosters, immunizations for upcoming field or laboratory work (tetanus, hepatitis, travel)
- Routine visits to doctors, dentists, ophthalmologists, etc.
- Other routine radiology, lab work, tests, and procedures
- Veterinarian visits for the pets
Medicine, vitamins, supplements
Take inventory and clean out your medicine cabinet. Make a list of what you need and get ready for those bugs that go around when school starts back up. I hate running to the store when I don’t feel well. So, I make sure I have these on hand:
- Cold/flu medicine
- Pain and fever reducer
- Allergy medicine
- Nutritional supplements
- First aid supplies
- Pet medicine
How will exercise fit into your fall schedule? Do you need to switch your routine up? Do you need new equipment or clothing? To do:
- Evaluate current exercise plan – is it working or do you want to change it?
- Make a weekly schedule for the new semester
- Look into what programs, sports, and classes are available to you through your school, employer, or community
- Find a buddy to make it social (if you want)
- Download/update workout playlists and audiobooks
- Replace worn out shoes and clothes
- If you need equipment, look for it now
Don’t forget about your pets!
Getting all of this in order now will save you time later. Time to grade, time to write, time to apply for jobs, time to study, time to enjoy friends and family, time to relax. It can also save you money. You will know what you have, what you need, and you can shop around a bit for those new shoes if you want.