The start of a school year includes many varied emotions and feelings. Our Clementine adolescent eating disorder treatment program team members have compiled a list of some of their favorite quotes, tips, and advice on maintaining recovery and thriving throughout the school year. We wish all of you returning to school a happy and healthy year!
Ten quotes to start the year:
“The way we see the problem is the problem.“
“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.“
“Live out of your imagination, not your history.“
“We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.“
“Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.“
“Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.“
“Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.“
“There are three constants in life… change, choice and principles.“
“Trust is the glue of life. It is the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It is the foundational principle that holds all relationships.“
“While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions.“
“Beginnings are scary! Remember that things are only new for a day. Trust yourself and know that you will adjust and find your way through it.”
– Clinical Director, Clementine Pinecrest Bertha Tavarez, PsyD
“Remember it is OK to be you. Those that really care about you will love you for you and accept you for all of your uniqueness.”
– Primary Therapist Coral Seco, MS, RMHCI
Make a Bio Poem: Things you want others to know about you
I like it when _______
It upsets me when _________
Anything you want to add that you want others to know about you.
Decorate it to illustrate the true you!
“Take it one day at a time.”
– Recovery Coach Manager Rebecca Garcia
“It is essential to fuel your brain and body for a new school year! Make sure to wake up with enough time to have breakfast before school. Prepare your lunch the night before. Pack portable snacks to make snack time easier; try trail mix, chocolate covered pretzels, or peanut butter crackers.”
– Registered Dietitian Alyssa Mitola, MS, RD, LD/N
Make long and short term goals.
Use a planner with a schedule and decorate it.
Create a Top 10 list of where to seek and find help when you need it. Have contact information included for easy access.
“Stay hydrated during the day. Remember to take your vitamins and meds. But, most importantly, listen to your body; when you need to re-fuel, when you need a study break, when you need to close those books and re-charge. Honor your body, as well as your mind. It’s going to be a great school year!”
– Clementine House Nurse Vanessa Hernandez, BSN, RN
“Doing one thing at a time will get everything done.”
– Primary Therapist Jessica Aron, PsyD
Learning well is always more important than getting A’s.
When frustrated with homework or an assignment, leave it for a while, do something else, then go back to it.
Aim at being your best self and that will suffice. You can never be a better cat than a cat. If you are a butterfly, be the best butterfly you can be.
“Consider joining a club or getting involved in extracurricular activities. It can be a nice way to spend time connecting with peers, meeting new friends, and getting involved in community service and your school.“
– Primary Therapist Jeanette Alonso, MSEd, LMHC
“School is important, but not more than your inner peace and fulfillment. Choose a schedule that allows you to create balance. Just because you are capable of something, does not mean it is in your best interest to do it. Allow your heart to be a part of the process when planning your daily schedule and routine.”
– Oliver-Pyatt Centers Founder and Executive Director Wendy Oliver-Pyatt, MD, FAED, CED