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By Jennifer Corr
I do not know about you, but whenever the hype of Christmas and New Year’s is over, I find myself in a very stressful situation. I think that the stress, ironically enough, stems from the lack of stress and the lack of things to do. If you are a retail worker, like me, your hours slow down. Or maybe you pick up some hours, but you come home with nothing to do but to catch up on Netflix. This may be great for the first week, but after a while, it can just be plain depressing when you are watching your friends on Instagram touring Italy or swimming in the beaches of the Bahamas. Money is tight, and traveling is not an option at the moment. So we have gathered a checklist of things for you to do over winter break.
1. Catch up on sleep.
This one is a no-brainer, however, some of us choose not to do it anyway. College tends to mess up our sleep schedule. We are proud when we get six hours of sleep, because it is such a rarity. Well, this winter break, do yourself a favor and the eight hours of sleep you need at night. However, do not sleep too much, you still have a lot of things to get done. Thus, list item number two.
2. Clean your room.
I know what you may be thinking, who wants to clean their room over winter break? Well, you will be happy once it is done. Go through all those clothes and items, and get rid of the things you never use. It will give you room to put away you Christmas gifts. Give your room a deep vacuuming and dusting. Maybe a little bit of redecorating to spice up your life a little bit. Who knows? Maybe you will discover some treasures from the past while cleaning up. I know I always do.
3. Get your workout on.
We all make empty New Year’s Resolutions about being healthier, but we never go through with it. Well, here is your chance! Invest in a short term gym membership, freeload off of a friend with a gym membership, or simply work out at home. Youtube has many free exercise videos if the gym is out of your budget. Not only will you feel good, but it is a healthy way to alleviate all the stress you have been going through in the fall semester.
4. Pick up a book.
Why pick up a book when you have a Netflix account? Actually, reading is really good for you, and it would be nice to give your eyes a break from the screen. I would suggest reading the author, John Green. His books are always easy reads and page turners. Are sappy romance books not your thing? Well, just head to your local library and browse. Sometimes the best books are found this way.
5. Create stuff.
This winter break, flex your creative muscle! If you are a writer, write a poem or short story, if you are an artist, or just like to draw and paint, create some art, if you are a musician, sing or play away and if you like to cook, cook a meal for your family or friends. Whatever it is, do something creative. Not only is it totally relaxing, it will give you something to look back on. You will be happy you did it.
6. Make a change.
New year, new you. Maybe it is time to change something. Perhaps, try a new haircut or color. Maybe, invest in some new makeup and try a new look. Even a trip to the mall for a new outfit will make you feel good. Try some yoga and become more zen. Tap into your spiritual side or do some reflecting. Winter break is your time, use it wisely.
You worked hard this semester, and you deserve to do something fun! Maybe check out a concert or go skiing, whatever you are into. If you live in New York, a city trip is a must. Consider going to a museum. A lot of museums in New York City are free! My personal favorite is the Museum of Modern Art. They always have something new and student admission is seriously discounted with your student ID. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is great as well. You could literally spend all day there and you can pay whatever you want to get in!
8. Make time for some old friends.
It is important to see your friends that you went to high school with! Definitely get everyone together and hang out! It is always fun reflecting on high school memories and spending time with people who you used to see every day.
9. Family time.
Yes the holidays just passed, and you may have had a lot of family time. However, it is important to get that time in with your family. College is busy, and whether you live at home or on campus, it may be hard to get that time. The winter break is a perfect time to treat your grandma or grandpa to breakfast and get some dinner with your parents.
10. Do something for someone else.
Volunteer your time. Whether this may be volunteering at your local soup kitchen or even just helping your friend or neighbor out, it is certainly a great way to use your time during winter break. Not only does it help people out and send good vibes into the world, it will make you feel good. This is something I think we should all do, including myself.
Take a friend on a date! Not that kind of date, but just a friend-date! Spend the day together. Maybe start with some breakfast at home. Then maybe go to a movie or do some shopping. That can be followed with some good dinner and of course, dessert. You will be happy that you had that time with your friend when you are too busy to do anything at all.
Go on a date! Take your significant other or a crush on a date. Get super romantic and have fun!
13. Learn something.
We spend almost all year learning, but this can be a great time to learn something new and fun. Consider taking a class at the craft store or the library. Maybe you can watch some tutorials online and learn how to make or do something!
14. Go out and have fun.
You owned this semester, now it is time to celebrate. Get dressed up and go out. Have a drink! Take plenty of pictures.
15. Pajama day!
Spend a day with your pj’s, slippers, some good food, Netflix or a good book, and maybe even a friend. You owe it to yourself to recharge after all the stress of school and the holidays. Relax and unwind.
Find a town you have never been too! Or go explore that park or abandoned area you have always heard about. Just make sure you are safe and enjoy the day. Remember, take pictures!
17. Write a bucket list for next semester.
Did this semester not go the way you wish it did? I know I felt that. Well, make this upcoming semester yours by preparing a bucket list. Come up with some goals for your classes. Maybe write down some clubs you want to check out. Anything you want to do. Have it handy when you go back to school so you can check everything off.
18. Have a get-together.
Host a game night or dinner with your friends and family! It will be fun and you will create great memories to look back on.
19. Try something new.
Breaking comfort zones are important. So try something new! If you are not an artist, try going to a paint night. If you have never been skiing or snowboarding, maybe try that. Expand your horizons and try something!
20. Do not waste this time.
Use this time wisely! I know it may be tempting to stay in when it is cold outside and there is nothing to do. But trust me, you will be happy when you can look back at this break knowing that you had a fun and productive winter break.