It’s back to school time for me (eek!). I just had my first day last Thursday – an orientation and the first session of Psychology of Disease. Can I just say, I love this school! I met so many enthusiastic people, centered on their paths. It feels warm and encouraging to be surrounded by so many like-minding people!
One thing that really stuck out to me is the amount of care put into the orientation lecture. What kind of learners were we and how could we ensure the greatest level of success? Not only study practices were addressed, but lifestyle practices (maybe this should have been obvious going in, seeing as it is a holistic school). I loved that emphasis was put on sleep, exercise, nutrition, and stress management, and positive affirmations. The favourite affirmation at the school is apparently “We are too blessed to be stressed”. I like it!
Shayna, the program director, spent 30 minutes lecturing about coffee (and caffeine) and it’s nasty side effects. As someone who survived on coffee and junk food through the first few years of undergrad – before catching on that it didn’t seem to be helping me – I really wished we had gotten this kind of holistic speech before our first years of college, or better yet, in highschool. How to take care of your body and mind together for the best learning outcomes.
The coffee talk snapped me out of some things. For one, I’ve slipped back into a pattern of sneaking the occasional coffee here and there a few times a week. This is going to stop. No more coffee for me!!
Here are some quick highlights of the lecture and some reasons I think you should kick your coffee/caffeine habit with me this fall for increased health and productivity: