Character education boosts academic achievement

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    • Get regular exercise (yoga, running, martial arts, team or individual sports)
    • Eat regular meals
    • Avoid using excessive caffeine (coffee, tea, soft drinks, energy drinks)
    • Avoid illegal drugs, alcohol, and tobacco
    • Learn relaxation techniques (deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation,
    • meditation)
    • Develop assertiveness skills (how politely but firmly to say "no," or to state one's feelings)
    • Rehearse and practice responses to stressful situations
    • Break down large tasks into smaller, more attainable tasks
    • Learn to recognize and reduce negative self-talk. Challenge negative thoughts about oneself with alternative neutral or positive thoughts
    • Avoid demanding perfection from self or others; instead, learn to feel good about doing a competent or "good enough" job
    • Take a break from stressful activities or situations. Engage in a hobby, listen to music, or spend time with a pet
    • Build a network of friends who can help with coping in positive ways.