How to Fight the Fall Break Blues

Here at Miami, we have finally made it to midterm and with that our fall break (which is really just a three day weekend, but we’ll take what we can get). For many of us, we returned home to our family, home cooked meals, and, best of all, our own bathrooms. While this glimpse into life at home again was short, I can’t be the only one who feels a little in the blues after it. As much as I love Miami, I can’t say I was jumping for joy to eat at the dining halls or having to wear shoes in the shower again. In an attempt to fight what I like to call the “Fall Break Blues”, I came up with a few things that might help to you get out of your slump:

 

Try a new place to eat on or off campus

It’s easy to get into a routine of what your favorite dining hall or place to grab a quick bite is on or off campus. Switch it up and venture out of your comfort zone, you might end up finding something you really like!

 

Sweat it out!

Everyone has always told me that working out is a major stress reliever, and I didn’t believe them until now. When I am working out my mind is totally clear and I’m only focused on what I’m doing in the present moment. To help relieve some stress I started running. I’ve been using the app C25k to help build up my stamina. The app has an 8-week plan to take you from basically not being able to run at all, to running 3 miles no problem. I can honestly say I’ve never sweat more in my life, but I feel so much more relaxed and energized when I’m finished.

 

Join a new club

Many clubs on campus are always open to new members and looking to expand their organization. If you see or hear about one you’re interested in, don’t be afraid to reach out for more information!

 

Let yourself have some “Me Time”

It’s easy to get caught up in studying and the intense social life in college. Pick one night a week where you take some time for yourself. Whether it be watching a movie, retail therapy, or just binge-watching your favorite show on Netflix, give yourself some time to decompress and relax.

 

Reach out to a new friend

While this might sound strange, sometimes surrounding yourself with new or different people outside of your immediate circle can really help to boost your mood. It allows you to switch up your routine a little bit, meet new people and maybe gain a different perspective on something you’ve been dealing with.

 

If all else fails…

Thanksgiving Break is only a month away!!!