Coming back from winter break is bittersweet. After being away from our friends, social activities, and familiar surroundings for over a month, it’s not such a bad reunion. It’s not so bad until the other shoe drops, and suddenly we’re drowning in work again. So, here’s how to make your transition back from break easier:
1. Unpack First
When you come back, it’s best not to leave the unpacking for later because chances are, you’re not going to want to do it later either. Unpacking, even if it’s not a lot to unpack, helps you get into the feeling of school being back in session. I also find that a clean and tidy space helps me focus and work better.
2. Get Organized
At some point in the weekend before the semester starts, when you’re ready to accept that the semester is in fact starting, get yourself organized. Review your syllabi and print them out or file them away where you can easily access them. The best next step is to put all important due dates into your online or physical calendar (this saves you from a lot of headaches in the future).
3. Treat Yo Self
Once get all the boring organizational work out of the way, give yourself some time to regroup. Treat yourself to a face mask, a wine night, or binge watch the newest season of your favorite show. Basically, do whatever helps you destress and gets your mind off any potential impending “doom” like the start of the new semester.
4. Maintain Positive Habits
Once finals end and you’ve had a decent break from school, you’re already coming back pretty refreshed (hold on to that). The beginning of a new semester is the perfect time to make and maintain good habits. Start showing up to class a little early or at least on time, submit assignments before the night they’re due, make a workout routine, maybe even wake up for that 9:00am breakfast you keep missing.
5. Have Fun
The beginning of the semester is the most relaxing part of the semester, so you might as well take advantage of it. As much as you need to schedule time to prepare for the start of classes, it is equally as important to give yourself time to hang out with your friends and do things that bring you joy.
Unfortunately, ‘sylly week’ doesn’t apply to everyone. Some of us come back after winter break and go straight into having too many required readings and homework that’s too hard to understand. Regardless, it’s important to start the semester off right and stay motivated, while still leaving a little time for self-care and fun. Good luck :)