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Top Things to Do Over Winter Break

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Things to Do Over Winter Break

Stressing over due dates and finals is finally over… at least for a few weeks!  Many colleges give you 3 weeks off during the winter, allowing you time to relax and think about things other than what chapter to read or when the next time you have to post in the classroom forum.

We’ve put together a list of ways top students spend your winter break, whether you are a lifelong learner, go-getter, wellness nut, or simply looking for productive things to do.


For lifelong learners who yearn for a reading assignment, regret not taking a winter course, and feel cheated you have to take this break from learning, here are a few ways you can spend your break!



Find a magazine or online journal that matches your intellectual and/or career interests and subscribe to it.



Find 2-4 books you want to read and read each of them cover to cover.  Avoid books required for future college courses.  Instead, find books that will expand your current knowledge or introduce you to something you’ve always wanted to learn more about.  Get started by reviewing the books recommended by edgab.



When was the last time you put away your computer and wrote in a journal?  If it’s been awhile, take time over winter break to expand on ideas and topics you’ve read about in school and leisure in a journal using a pen/pencil.  Tracking your thoughts now can lead to new theories, research topics, and paper theses in the future!


Visit a Museum

Visit a museum or exhibit to get stimulated in a different way.  First, try choosing a place  you’ve never been to before.  In the event that you’ve been to all the museums in your area, visit one you haven’t been to in the last 5 years.


Try Something New

Take up a new hobby or skill.  Find a cooking, recreation, music, or language class and enroll today.  Ever thought about a 5k walk or run?  Start training now!  Think outside the box.  What did you want to be when you were a kid?  Did you dream about being a musician?  Take a guitar or piano class.  Jealous of the high school history buff sitting next to you?  Learn about World History.  Want to learn more about your heritage?  Visit the library to read about it and find a tradition you can begin to honor your heritage.



Get your heart pumping on a daily basis to energize your brain.  Start walking, biking, or doing cardio exercises for 10 minutes each day and gradually increase to 30 minutes.  Create and maintain this routine to ensure you bring your best brain every day!



During school, did you find yourself trying to do too many things at once?  Did you plan your schedule from dawn to dusk with no time for lunch in between? If so, check out the go-getter’s guide to break…and begin by slowing down to take a breath!


Slow Down

Relax every day for 10-15 minutes by unplugging from your computer, phone, TV, and radio.  Sit with yourself and breathe, do yoga, pilates, or stretch.  View Self magazine’s video to learn tips on relaxing!  At first, it may be hard but with your go-getter attitude, we know you can do it!  Slowing down can boost your health and productivity.


Pass the Finish Line

Don’t pack too much in one day.  It’s unrealistic.  All of a sudden, you may come across unfinished projects and disappointed friends or family.  Start something and complete it all the way through to the end.  When you make plans with friends or family, keep them and leave a few extra hours to hang out. 


Pamper yourself

Treat yourself to something that makes you feel good, such as a massage, manicure, night out with friends, tasty meal, a haircut, or a long run.  With so much running around, you deserve it!  Sign-up for Groupon and LivingSocial for great deals!



Volunteer in your community or with an organization meaningful to you.  Check out idealist for ideas on how you can give back this winter break or during the spring.  Volunteer your time, money, items around the house, anything that allows you to give back. 


Take the 1-Day Challenge

Don’t plan anything for one day and do whatever you want.  Watch a movie or read a magazine.  For 24 hours, have an empty schedule and “complete” whatever happens. 


Can you recall the last time you made a New Year’s resolution?  The end of a year, relationship, or semester often brings excitement and energy about what’s to come.  It can also cause you to reevaluate how your spending your time, now that you have time to think.  Many use this time to boost overall health and wellness.  If you’ve been contemplating how to improve your wellness, read on to see how to do just that on break.


Start a Routine

Start a healthy sleeping routine and plan on sticking to it for the rest of the year.  Catch up on your zzz’s by sleeping 6-8 hours each night.  Illness, lack of energy, and poor eating habits can be a result of poor sleep habits.  Try your best to get adequate sleep every night during and after your winter break.



De-stress yourself with a relaxing activity.  Indulge in a hot shower or bath—be sure to fill the bathroom with steam.  Like being outdoors?  Get outside for 15 minutes every day.  Sit outside or get your heart pumping on a hike, walk, run, or bike.  Take time every day to do something that relaxes you.


Take a Class

Take a class…in cooking!  Check your local community center or restaurant for a class on healthy cooking.  Watch videos, read books, or go online to find healthy ways to incorporate whole (unprocessed) foods and healthy meats into your diet.  Visit Prevention magazine to read about nine foods  that boost your immunity. When putting together a meal, think about incorporating different colors of foods on your plate.  To de-stress, eat oatmeal or a handful of cashews.   Find healthy alternatives to junk food.  Revamp your eating habits to reduce illness, increase brainpower, and boost your energy. 


Get Social

Plan enjoyable activities with friends or family.  If you don’t live near friends or family, go online to find social events in your town, such as a book club or running group.  Sit down at a coffee shop for a few hours and talk to people.  Try to do something social at least two times each week.  To get started, check out EventBrite, Eventful, or zvents.



Daily exercise is an easy way to boost overall health and wellbeing.  Start with 10 minutes a day of cardio, such as weight training, sit-ups/push-ups, or walking.  Every week, increase your time by 5-10 minutes each day.  When you reach 30 minutes, stop or continue increasing your time.  Aim to exercise 30 minutes daily at least 5 times a week. 



These are just some of the many ways top students spend their winter breaks.  We’re sure you have some awesome suggestions so feel free to add them to our list in the comments!


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