With spring break just around the corner, we are all making plans to have the best week possible. But, we are also all dreading the Sunday we have to come back to school and get back on the grind. Don’t stress about it; break is supposed to be relaxing. In order to make it a little more enjoyable and a little less worrisome, here are a few ways to make the most out of your spring break, even if you aren’t going to a tropical resort and are just going back to your beloved hometown.
The first way to maximize your time over break is by waking up early. I know that can be a struggle, especially when you don’t have classes to be up for, but waking up early ensures you get a good start to the day and make the most of your time. Plus, you can still sleep in a couple of times; just wake up early during the weekdays to get as much packed into the day as possible.
Another way to thoroughly enjoy your break is by spending ample time with your family. As much as we love to squeeze in hanging out with as many friends as possible, it’s truly your family that you miss when you are back at school. So, plan a day or two to spend with your loved ones. Watch old home videos, have a family game night, or just put on Netflix and enjoy your time together.
Now that you won’t feel bad about possibly ignoring your mom, you can go out with friends. In order to see as many friends as you can and do the things you love, make a list. This doesn’t have to be daunting nor do you have to follow it exactly, but making a general checklist of things you want to do, places you want to go, and people to want to see can really ensure that none of it gets lost in the back of your jam-packed mind.
Make a day trip. You may not be going on vacation over break, but planning a quick, inexpensive day-trip with your friends can be just as fun. Go visit a mutual friend at college if their break is different. Go up to the mountains and ski. Go down to the beach and surf. Go to the nearest city and tour. Go hiking or camping. Obviously, what you plan differs based on where you live, but planning a mini-trip can be just the little vacation you and your friends need.
After being a constant gal on the go and checking off as many boxes as possible, it is also important to take a day to just relax. Do a face mask, take a bath, catch up on a tv show, write in a journal (I just posted an article on the benefits of journaling! Check it out here)—do whatever you like to do in your alone time to fully rejuvenate before going back to school.
The most important thing to remember when planning out your break is to not plan everything: live in the spontaneous moments and enjoy the adventure, because those are the stories you will remember years from now. So, as much as this guide can help you truly plan a great break, it is also important to remember that sometimes the best things in life are unplanned. And that’s okay. Follow these tips and go along with wherever life takes you, and I’m positive your break will be one for the books.