Holidays are Done! What’s Next?
The gifts have been opened, the eggnog has been had, and the snow has been sledded. But, it’s time to escape the winter wonderland that has been the past two weeks and readjusts to normal life, which means heading back to school. Here’s a handy list of things to look at before that first bell rings:
Get back to your normal sleep schedule
Winter break is all about staying up late playing video games or commiserating with your latest paramour. Take a day or two before break ends to readjust to your old sleeping schedule, so you ensure you’re getting the essential eight hours of sleep you need to function.
Create a list of goals
The winter break serves as a halfway point for the school year. Before heading back, prepare a list of things you want to accomplish before the school year passes. Post winter break malaise can set in, so making a list of goals can keep you motivated and focused.
Pre-prepare for the first day back
Rather than rushing to get ready the morning of your first day, prepare everything you need the night before. Put out your outfit, hopefully with some cool new clothes, and pack your bag so you’re not panicking the morning back.
Peruse your last notes
Winter break usually lands in the middle of a semester so come January, you are going to be picking up the concepts you left off with before break. Take an hour or two to revisit your latest notes or chapters in your textbook to familiarize yourself with these topics.
Check your grades
In conjunction with revisiting your notes, it’d be smart to look at your grades to see where you might be struggling. This way, you can dedicate more time studying your latest notes for a class you aren’t doing well in.
Touch base with your friends
If you decided to alienate yourself in your room all break, it’d be smart to talk to some of your friends you haven’t seen in a while. This way you have a support system for that rough first day back.
Build a new routine
It can be a bit disheartening to go from a period of fun to return to the same old, same old routine you had for months prior. Your readjustment period could be a bit more seamless with a new routine that makes the experience of going to school feel different than the first couple of months of the school year.
Winter break is a time for your brain and muscles to shut down so you can worry about relaxation. Going for a jog or getting active in any way can help readjust your body to what putting in effort feels like.
Go out with a bang
Before returning to the humdrum of school life, do one final activity that will leave a lasting memory for this vacation. Sadness can set in if you leave your vacation unfulfilled, so do something that will sate your excitement appetite.
This can be an overwhelming time, with worrying about improving grades before the end of the year and the specter of graduation and college for some students., before you re-enter the mad rush, just take a second to relax and reflect. Do some yoga or meditate, whatever you need to find serenity before the most stressful time on the school calendar.