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How Do My Child's Lifestyle Choices Affect Their Education?

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Take care of your body and it will take care of you. Your child is no different and all of their lifestyle choices will inadvertently impact their health, energy levels and their education. We have teamed up with a prep school in Bristol to share more on the effects that they can have on your child’s education and the changes that you can make to their daily routine.

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A Poor Diet 
A poor diet can be detrimental to your child’s health with obesity causing 13 different types of cancer. In the short term, indulging in sugary snacks and beverages can be just as bad by creating a sugar high that is then shortly followed by a ‘crash’. This can impair your child’s concentration in school while making them feel tired and drained of energy. It's not all doom and gloom. A healthy balanced diet can help your child to maintain healthy insulin levels, stay focused and remain energised throughout the day.

Exercise 
We all know how beneficial exercise is for our health in helping us to maintain a healthy weight but there are some surprising facts that you might not be aware of. For example, did you know that exercise can help to improve concentration and promote sharper thinking? Research shows that cardiovascular exercise can actually increase the size of the brain’s hippocampus to improve brain function and memory. It can also make for a happier and healthier life as exercise releases endorphins. To ensure that your child is getting enough exercise, try walking to school 1 or 2 days a week or enrol your child in an after-school sports club.

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Bedtime Routine
The older we get, the more this becomes apparent. Sleep recharges the body's batteries and allows us to perform at our best. On the other hand, a lack of it can lead us to be irritable with psychologists concluding to a heightened threat system. This can impact your child’s behaviour at school and make concentration harder as they have less energy. To help your child perform at their best in school, implement a bedtime routine where devices are all switched off half an hour before bed.

Mindfulness
A crazy fact that you probably didn’t know is that optimism can help you to live longer. By challenging negative thoughts and carrying out mindfulness, you can help your child to be more optimistic about their future. This can help them to achieve better grades and get more from life.

Michelle

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