Today’s advice is brought to you by a burntout college student juggling way too much at once.
I always liked to spend my spring break “resetting” myself for the second half of the semester. Because of COVID-19, so many schools are canceling spring breaks all together. My university took this route and man am I struggling. Schools assumed that we didn’t need the week off because we clearly wouldn’t be traveling, but did they think about our mental health?
Personally, I’ve been feeling so overwhelmed and restless without time off. Maybe it’s the extra boatload of assignments we’re being given due to being online, or maybe it’s the constant work going into self-teaching every chapter for every class. Who knows? One thing’s for sure- this is exhausting.
I thought to myself, “how can I get the benefits of spring break without having a spring break?” And here’s what I came up with.
1. Have an off-the-grid day
This one is hard for me, I’ll be honest. With everything I do being internet-oriented, it’s hard to convince myself to take a day off. But my eyes need it and so does my mind. Take a day without phones, computers, or televisions. Maybe read a book or color a picture. Just give yourself a break from all that blue light!
2. Freshen up your wardrobe
One of my favorite parts of seasons coming and going is changing up my closet. I used to love fall the most, but I think spring is really getting to me. I love this weather! Give yourself a little shopping spree (thrifting is my favorite) to spice things up and give yourself something new to be excited about.
3. Grind it out quickly
If your instructors upload your classwork ahead of time, try to get it all done early so you can spend a few days toward the end of the week to yourself. I typically try to get all of my super important or time consuming assignments done early so I have less worries before the weekend. Sometimes this doesn’t come easily, so be sure to plan ahead!
4. Open the windows
I know this sounds silly, but I’ve realized that I find the most joy when I can get a fresh breeze. Since we’re in that weird transitioning season, some days are more appropriate than others for Mother Nature to make her way into your home. I love to open the windows and give myself a little dance break filled with my favorite songs before cracking open the books. It wakes me up and gives me the energy I need to have a successful day.
5. Go on a study date picnic
Just like in number 4, fresh air is key. If you’re stuck doing school work, call a classmate/friend and go on a socially distanced study date at a local park. Pack a light lunch or a snack and get some notes in. You can also get some really cute picnic pictures while you’re at it!