Winter break couldn’t be more needed. After a long semester, pages of essays, challenging finals, we’re all ready for a break. It’s really tempting to want to spend most of break laying on the couch, watching Netflix, eating a bit unhealthier than normal, and sleeping in. This is a valid way to spend break, I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with some much-deserved relaxation. However, there are definitely some things to consider to get the most out of your break.

First, realize that this month we’re all home may be one of the last long winter breaks we’ll have at our parents’ house. After graduation, many of us are going to move away to cities near or far from home, and we may not have as many chances to come home. While this isn’t true for all of us, many of us as do not often get so much time to spend with our families. I think it’s really important to take advantage of the time we have with our loved ones.

Next, it’s so tempting to live on the couch for the next month. It’s cold outside, the TV is right there. This break, I’ve really been struggling to stop eating all of the holiday cookies and fight the urge to sit around all day. One of my favorite ways to get outside is going on a walk every day. I also planned several hikes for break, and my friends and I are going to go on some cool outdoor adventures.

Finally, break is a great time to get organized. Organizing and de-cluttering your life have been proven ways to reduce stress, and there are so many ways to do it. When my room is clean, when my backpack is organized, I really feel like I have my life more together.

Winter break is a really great time to relax, de-stress, and mentally prepare for the next semester. Good luck everyone!

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