Winter break is that celebratory time that signals you’ve made it halfway through the school year. But in addition to being a wonderful time to relax, enjoy the holidays and be with your family, it’s also a wonderful opportunity to take stock of your wellbeing and check in with yourself.
To help you make the most of this vacation, we designed these five “RE”s as your guide: relax, recharge, reflect, reevaluate, and return. So, pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper, and pour yourself a mug of hot chocolate– here’s our re-commendations!
- First and foremost — relax! If you just finished an entire semester’s worth of work and weeks of exams and papers, this is your opportunity to breathe. Don’t be afraid of letting your engine slow down a little bit. Spend time with family and friends. Make memories. Reach out to those you don’t see enough and try to get some nice one-on-one time with the people you care about.
- Second — recharge! Get that good, good sleep. Do the things that you found yourself too busy to do during the school year. Is there a hobby that you’ve been neglecting? Also, don’t be afraid to be a little lazy, whether that might mean lounging around your home, playing video games, or binging the latest season of your favorite show. You’ve worked hard — don’t move too fast and forget to reward that.
- Next — reflect and review. More than just finishing a semester — a full calendar year is coming to an end! Take this time to look back over everything that happened. Perhaps take a moment to write down everything you’re proud of. How many books did you read this year? What were some of your favorite memories? How are you doing in terms of goals?
- Fourth — reevaluate. Are you still in love with all the things you were last year? What really stressed you out? What was harder than you thought it would be? Think about how to plan this coming year in a way that plays more to your strengths. And from the other side — what was easier than you anticipated this past year? Are you pushing yourself enough?
- Fifth — Return. Yes, you’ll be returning in earnest when January comes. And each day of movies and lounging is a day closer to that return. Try to not live in denial of that. But there is another, less literal, return also. I’m speaking of a return to the material, and to your student self.
Follow these steps and we guarantee that when the last day of break rolls around, you’ll be ready to go back to school a happier and healthier you.
Happy holidays and happy New Year!