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And just like that, spring break is right around the corner! While some use spring break as a time to fly out to warmer temperatures, many students choose to stick around campus or venture home.
Spring break is a great time to bounce out of old, unhealthy habits and start newer, healthier ones. Instead of spending most of your time sleeping in, take some time to lay the groundwork for a better you: undo and start fresh, unwind and relax and unravel and refocus. The effects on your mind and body will last into the second half of the semester.
Here are a few tips to get you started. Find more great tips on our website:
Hit the gym
Spring break is a great time to try out a new fitness routine. Getting your heart pumping can boost your energy, improve your mood, and promote better sleep. Take advantage of the slower time of year to try out places like the SERF or Nat. If you feel self-conscious about working out, the slow time is perfect for you to familiarize yourself with new machines and workout machines. If the gym isn’t for you, reap the benefits of exercising outdoors.
Create a schedule
After winter break, it’s always difficult to get back into the study swing of things. If you felt like you couldn’t catch a breath the first half of the semester, now’s the time to get your ducks in a row for the homestretch. Go over the syllabi for your classes one more time. Note the important deadlines, and allow a realistic amount of time to work on each task. That way, you’ll have found your stride when the time comes to buckle down and really deliver.
It’s easy to lay in bed in your pajamas and binge watch Netflix until before you know it, break is over and all your anxieties come rushing back. Avoid this by unplugging, even if it’s briefly. It’s a great way to recharge your batteries. Try having a low-tech spring break. Put your laptop in the closet, silence or turn off your phone, put an “away” message in your email, and log out of social media.