Happy Winter Break! I’m writing this blog from home in Little Rock, Arkansas, and I’ve already begun my process of winding down and enjoying my extra free time with family, friends, and even just myself, too. For my last blog of 2017, I thought I’d share some ideas and suggestions you might find useful in making the most of your relaxation time during Winter Break. Here we go!
1.) Alone time. This one is essential for an introvert like me, but even if you’re not introverted, I bet spending some time with just yourself might help re-center and refocus you after a busy term of work and constant interaction with friends, peers, classmates, and professors. Ride your bike on a trail, or go to a movie, or read a book, and just enjoy the peace and quiet.
2.) Reconnect. The next couple weeks between now and the New Year will be full of opportunities to catch up with friends and family you haven’t seen in awhile, but I think this is a great time to reach out to certain people you might not be likely to see around Holiday get-togethers or family meals, too; send some emails or text messages to old friends and mentors you haven’t seen in awhile, and let them know you’re thinking of them and would love to see them (only if that’s true, of course!). And I don’t mean this to be a Christmas networking/schmoozing opportunity! That’s for other times. Reflect on your most important personal relationships now that this year is coming to a close.
3.) Refocus. I don’t even really have to say this one–it’s basically a given that everyone thinks a lot about the upcoming year at the end of the previous one. But reflect on your experiences from this year, find the most important lessons, and see how you might apply them toward specific goals in 2018. Journaling might not be something you’re into, but I’d highly recommend it for thinking about these kinds of things. Writing down your thoughts can help you clearly articulate and define what you’ve learned and what you want to change, and, who knows, maybe this will become a regular activity for you in the new year!
I hope these suggestions help you make the most of your break, and, most of all, I hope you get the rest you need! Here’s to 2018!