8 Tips to Make the Most out of Your Winter Break

8 Dec

Christmas Cactus.jpgWinter break is almost upon us! That means nearly four weeks off without having homework, tests, projects, papers, classes, clubs, or studying. Winter break is a great time to relax, but if you’re like me, you have a lot of friends and family members that you don’t get to see much who want to hang out catch up over break. Or maybe you’re working, taking a class, volunteering, traveling, or interning. Those are all great ways to spend your winter break, but it’s important to get rest and take care of yourself over break. So here are 7 tips to making the most of your time off!

  1. Make sure you rest. First semester can be stressful and we often push aside things like sleep and relaxing. Winter break is a great time to take care of yourself and decompress from the semester so that you’re energized and ready for the new year.
  2. Have a plan going into break, but don’t plan out every second of your time off. Having a plan and sticking to it is a great way to make sure you don’t waste the four weeks you have off. But if you plan every second and fill all your time with things to do, it won’t feel like a break at all. Have a plan so you get the most out of your break but make sure you aren’t overloading yourself.
  3. Don’t feel like you have to make time for every single person you know at home. While break is a great time to catch up with friends you haven’t seen in a while, it can get exhausting trying to see everyone all the time. Obviously take the time to see your friends and family but don’t feel obligated to go to every single thing you’re invited to. Do you really care about seeing that girl you had one class with in high school two years ago? Probably not.
  4. Prioritize your time. Figure out what’s really important to you to do with this time you have. It could be resting, getting ahead for next semester, seeing friends and family, or any number of other things. But if something’s important to you, make sure to do it.
  5. Take time for yourself. At school, you’re surrounded by people and obligations almost constantly. It’s ok to take some time completely for yourself to do what you want to do. Everyone needs a little me time once in a while.
  6. Keep healthy routines or jump start new ones for next semester. If you have a healthy sleep schedule, workout routine, meal plan, etc., don’t let the time off break you of your good habits. On the other hand, if you don’t have any healthy routines, take this time to really establish some for next semester. If you’re going to bed at 2am and sleeping until noon every day of break, it’s going to make it really hard to wake up for that Monday morning 8am next semester.
  7. Get prepared for spring semester. Whether it’s ordering books, looking over any class information that’s been put up online, preparing a schedule of your time, or even just mentally preparing for your classes, don’t forget about next semester. Some classes have assignments due for the first week of class that they post online over break. Other teachers just want to know that you’ve at least looked at the course page. Make sure that you know what’s expected of you for classes or at least be prepared to come back and get down to business.
  8. Have fun and make memories! Take a day trip, go ice skating, check out a cool new restaurant, see a movie you’ve been anticipating, enjoy time with your friends and family. Whatever it is, have fun and enjoy it!


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