Spring Break Slump: Ways to Get Your Life Together Over the Break
After heaps of midterm exams and papers, we all finally get a week off to relax. For all of us college students, this break could not be more needed. You know as well as I do how taxing each quarter of the collegial year is, trying to balance schoolwork, a social life, and healthy habits (and maybe some sleep if we are lucky). During this interim period between the third and final quarter of the school year, we all should take the time to recharge and finish the academic year off strong. Here are some ways to rejuvenate over spring break.
By now, it is widely known that journaling is very cathartic and something that we should incorporate into our daily or weekly routines. However, life always seems to get in the way of this good habit. At NYU, a lot of the time it seems as though we barely have enough time to finish our homework and also socialize. Take this resting period to either start or restart implementing this practice into your everyday life. Shop some aesthetically pleasing journals here and here to get started.
2. Read a book (or a two) for pleasure
With all of the academic reading we have to do on a daily basis, it makes sense to want to give reading a rest over the break. However, reading for pleasure is a great way to relax your mind and to aid in personal growth. It’s also a great habit to get into–the most successful people in the world read constantly.
3. Refine Your Morning and Night Routines
During the semester, your morning routine probably is getting up in just enough time to get ready (and maybe also to grab a coffee) without being late to your first class of the day. Similarly, your night routine probably is either going to bed when you’re about to pass out on your desk from all the work you’re doing or in front of your computer screen watching Netflix. While these scenarios are bound to happen occasionally, as extremely busy students, these should not be our habitual routines. Over break, when you have more time to evaluate your morning and night routines, try to establish rituals for the former and the latter such as reading (as mentioned above), having a cup of tea, etc.
4. Spring Clean Your Closet
Of all of these tips, this can easily be seen as the most daunting. I know the break is supposed to be a breather from stressful tasks, but you really will thank yourself later if you get this done now. Throughout the semester, you might not have exactly stuck to all of your resolutions, especially over the midterm season, so start fresh now for the new quarter.
5. Invest in a Product (or as many as you want) that makes you feel good
Whether it’s a new lipstick, body product, pair of shoes, or a designer bag that you have had your eye on for a while (whatever floats your budget boat), it is important to treat yourself every once in awhile. You definitely have worked very hard over the past several weeks and should reward yourself for that. It’s a break after all! Give yourself a present. You deserve it.
So, with all of that said, go enjoy yourself and don’t forget to have a stylish and stress-free break!
Written by: Elisa Lewittes