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Dear Kat,

   How can I catch up on schoolwork if I miss a week of school due to being sick?

Sincerely, Diseased and Distressed

Dear Diseased and Distressed,

   The key to getting back on track with schoolwork is communication. First things first, make sure to keep in touch with teachers when you’re out of school so that you’re aware of what you are missing and what you’ll need to make up when you come back. Communicating with your teachers will make the process less stressful and more manageable. Most of the time, teachers want you to be healthy again and want you to succeed in their class – you may be surprised with how much help they are
willing to give.

   After you’ve communicated with all of your teachers, you need a realistic schedule, where you can get your assignments done ASAP, but also not do not overwhelm yourself with information. Set your schedule with your teachers, and tell them if the workload is too much.

   In all honesty, recovering from a week off from school is hard enough when you’re trying to make yourself healthy again, so be sure you’re taking care of yourself. Get lots of sleep and take time to relax even if it’s just listening to your favorite song for three minutes. Get well soon.

Sincerely, Kat

Dear Kat,

   How do I not gain weight during the holiday season with all of the treats?

Sincerely, Sweet Tooth

Dear Sweet Tooth,

   You’re not alone. Most of us deal with the exact same temptations during the holiday season, but our
bodies don’t react the same to these temptations. So, the first thing you need to do is know your body. Those of
us with sensitive stomachs can’t eat chocolate all day while others with incredible metabolisms may be able to do so. If you know your body, you’ll know when to stop.

   That being said, just because we know when we should stop doesn’t mean we have the willpower to do so. In this case, it’s best to put the holiday treats out of sight and out of mind. If you’re limiting yourself to a certain number of treats per day, set a time for them, such as
after dinner. That way, you have something to look
forward to.

   The second part to this is staying active. It’s so easy for students and teachers to take this vacation to lounge in front of Netflix all day eating junk food because many of us don’t have this opportunity during the school week.
If you’re binge-watching Netflix, force yourself to do something active between episodes like jumping jacks or going for a walk. If you stay active, your body will thank you when you return to school.

Sincerely, Kat

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