Balance is paramount for Westlake students during the winter months

The colder and shorter winter days can often shift our mood to feeling tired and withdrawn. With the academic and extracurricular demands of Westlake students, it's easy to feel overwhelmed this time of year. That is particularly true during the winter when the motivation to achieve may be in short supply. That's why it is essential to remember the balance between the mind and your physical well-being.

A balanced Westlake student expresses a connection between physical well-being and conscious decisions leading to a healthy lifestyle. They establish and maintain positive relationships by being mindful of others. They retain the ability to organize and self-regulate the demands of daily life.

Self-care is crucial for our mental, physical, and emotional well-being. It's a way to show that we care and respect ourselves enough to make time for self-improvement.

In recognition of National School Counseling Week, which was observed earlier this month, I want to thank our counselors who have dedicated themselves to helping us grow mentally, emotionally, and academically. Our counselors are an invaluable source of support for all students and staff.

With so many distractions and challenges, staying balanced can take a lot of work. However, when students prioritize their physical and mental well-being, they learn how to meet their needs and those of others effectively.

They can find methods to stay physically fit and healthy while learning tactics to relax their minds. Additionally, they can spend time studying and engaging in extracurricular activities, all while nurturing meaningful connection. 

The knowledge our students are acquiring today will prepare them for what lies ahead and give them the skills to manage their time, work cooperatively with others, and make mindful decisions while protecting their mental health.

Even though it can be tempting to take it easy during chilly months, Westlake students remain inspired and devoted to their goals. They strive to balance time for themselves and stay engaged in their academic assignments and extracurricular activities. It is this balance that keeps them motivated and on track toward success!

Scott Goggin

Dr. Scott Goggin is the superintendent of Westlake City Schools. He can be reached by email at

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Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 8:59 AM, 02.21.2023