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5 Ways to Get Yourself Out of the After-Break Slump

Whether you’re a freshman or a senior, getting back into school mode after winter break can seem challenging. The thought of having to wake up early again, worry about exams, and most importantly, not being able to do whatever you want whenever you want might not sound like the most fun ever. But, here’s some tips to get you back into school-mode.

Deep clean your house or reorganize your space.

Cleaning helps reset your mind and get you motivated again. Reorganizing your space, whether it be a dorm room, an apartment, or a house, can help you feel like you’re in a whole new area ready to start over. It’s refreshing and energizing. Plus, who doesn’t love being in a clean living room with a candle lit, sipping some coffee?

Start waking up early-ish again.

We’re dreading the sound of that alarm ready to radiate into our eardrums on the first day of classes. To prevent trudging to class half asleep on the first weeks of the spring semester, try to start waking up earlier than you have been over break. It doesn’t have to be a huge jump, but just getting back into the routine of waking up too an alarm can be really helpful.

Set up your planner or calendar.

I know, getting bombarded with syllabus after syllabus when school starts up again is daunting. It seems super overwhelming when you see due dates and exams and papers all at once. By writing out everything in your planner or calendar, you can ease your mind. A bunch of assignments dont look as scary when they’re all spread out over the course of the semester. 

Buy one new thing to treat yourself.

This doesnt have to be anything big or crazy! A new fun hat to spice up your outfits, a cozy sweater that you can totally thrift, some new pens to you-ify your notebooks, anything. Getting something new is exciting and energizing. It’ll make you more excited to take your notes, or more confident in those classes when the idea of meeting a ton of new people can be scary. Mine was this cozy denim shirt that I luckily thrifted for $7.00.

Try out a new hobby.

Even though this one may seem counter productive with schoolwork, finding a new hobby, especially at the start of a new year, can give you something to be excited about when all the hustle and bustle of life gets overwhelming. Plus, it’s a great distraction from the daunting thought of writing papers, and maybe you’ll meet some new people doing it.

The after-break slump can be tough, but always remember to invest in yourself. You’re awesome, and you’re going to kill this semester!

Morgan Keegan

CU Boulder '20

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