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Max Oetelaar
Mental Health

4 Tips to Get Back On Track from Winter Break

1. Set alarms

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Even though winter break is over and the semester has just begun, I still feel like I didn't get enough rest and time to prepare for the upcoming semester. Therefore, I don't engage in an active matter like I used to because the affects of the COVID-19 pandemic have drained my energy. I recommend buying an alarm clock or using a clock app on your electronic device to help you balance your workload. As a college student, I'm working, cleaning, babysitting, and tutoring all at the same time. Sometimes I feel like I'm going in circles, but it helps to tie myself in order to avoid a mental breakdown.

2. Exercise

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I believe that summer bodies are made in the wintertime. If you want to improve your health and feel more confident with yourself, I suggest that you incorporate exercise into your daily routine to become more fit. There are so many ways to get active, such as following a YouTube video, workout groups, the gym, or jogging around your track. Unfortunately, some of my peers have struggled with their weight last year because they became comfortable with staying in the house and that's happened to me in the fall of 2020. Nevertheless, I pushed myself to do something active.

3. Socialize

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Socializing can be difficult, especially in a time where physical contact is limited. I missed talking to my friends and going places to get my mind off stress. School and my personal duties have caused a lot of imbalance in my life. Even though I'm not a huge fan of social media, it doesn't hurt to message people just for comfort. If you don't have an Instagram or Facebook, you can use the GroupMe app for your academic courses and clubs. I find it easier since I can see all of my group chats in one place.

4.) Meal prep

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The food is so delicious! Last fall, I ordered from Uber 10 plus times because I didn't have time to make meals or there wasn't any food left for the remainder of the week. It's much easier to order out because the food is being made for you and you can eat it right away. As a matter of fact, people tend to eat out more just to avoid cooking. Consequently, the more you eat out the less money you'll have. I recommend meal prepping because you can cook all of your meals in one day for 7 days. Go to your local grocery store and purchase healthy items and tubberware. Then, look up different ways to make healthy meals. Meal prepping allows you to grab your food and go about your day. You're also able to monitor the amount of food you're consuming on a daily basis. It's also cheaper!


Nikiya Alfred is the current events director for the UIC HER CAMPUS chapter. She's a third-year college student from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a passion for problem-solving issues in the CPS system. As an Urban Education major with a concentration in English Language Arts, she wants to explore more on Educational policy. This is the perfect opportunity for her to build relationships with other women who have a passion for writing. Please follow her on Instagram @Moondoll_7.
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