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How To *Really* Rest This Spring Break

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at UCLA chapter.

It’s finally your well-deserved Spring Break! Before planning activities every day, it’s important to note that Spring Break (for us UCLA students) is only one week long. Here are a few tips to help you genuinely relax during your time off, so that you can feel fully rested before the Spring Quarter:

THROW AWAY ANY EXPECTATIONS about “being productive”

It’s exciting to set goals to achieve over break (e.g. hitting the gym every day), but this break is not the same as the summer or winter — Spring Break is significantly shorter. Starting a new habit may be difficult. So, it’s best to throw away those strict expectations about having a “productive” Spring Break! One suggestion is to try not to set a time schedule so that you don’t feel guilty or compelled to work.

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Get plenty of sleep

Although it’s hard to fight the temptation to party hard to celebrate the end of the quarter, you need to first let your body heal from all the sleep-deprived days cramming for your finals. Sleep can help your body and brain restore and reenergize to prepare you for the upcoming quarter. Remember to get a minimum of seven to eight hours of sleep and take naps to supplement!

Connect with nature

Going hiking or swimming in nature can help you feel grounded and refreshed. Sometimes this is all you need when you go to college in a concrete jungle. It might be helpful to pick nature activities that remind you of your home (e.g. if you’re from a beach town, you can have a beach day!).


Breaks give you time to take a step back and reflect. Through journaling, you can get in touch with your true thoughts and emotions. Not only does this quick practice help you refresh and release your stress, but it also may clarify your goals for the next quarter.

Remember that Spring Break is first and foremost a time for you to relax. You should be proud of your accomplishments this quarter and treat yourself! Have a happy Spring Break, everyone!

Rio is a third-year UCLA business economics student from Japan. In her free time, you can find her hiking, dancing away at concerts, or cafe-hopping!