Maximize Your Break: 6 Ways to Unwind & Prep for What's Next

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Written by Susan Helmick, Graduate Assistant for the Graduate College 

Congratulations on reaching the end of another challenging semester! Whether you're preparing to enter the workforce, pursue further studies, or take a well-deserved rest, the upcoming break offers an opportunity to relax, recharge, and explore new horizons. Here are six ways to make the most of your time before the next chapter begins:

  1. Pursue Personal Passions: Dedicate some time to pursue personal passions and hobbies that may have taken a backseat during the school year. Whether it's painting, photography, gardening, or playing a musical instrument, reigniting your creativity to explore new avenues of self-expression can be incredibly fulfilling.
  2. Focus on Health and Wellness: Prioritize your physical and mental well-being by focusing on health and wellness activities to nourish your body, mind, and soul. Whether it's yoga, hiking, or joining a local sports team, staying active and engaging in self-care activities can help to reduce stress, boost mood, and improve quality of life. Take time to rest, recharge, and listen to your body's needs.
  3. Connect with Loved Ones: It is a terrific time to reconnect with friends or family members and strengthen bonds that may have been neglected during the busy academic year. Plan gatherings, barbecues, or weekend outings to catch up with those who matter most to reminisce about old times and create new memories together.
  4. Volunteer and Give Back: Make a positive impact in your community by volunteering your time and talents to causes that are meaningful to you. Whether it's volunteering at a local food bank, participating in environmental cleanup efforts, or mentoring students, giving back not only benefits others but also allows you to use your skills and knowledge to make a difference and create positive change in the world around you.
  5. Plan for the Future: Time off is also an opportunity to plan for the future and set goals for the months ahead. Whether you're entering the workforce, continuing your education, or pursuing new opportunities, take time to reflect on your aspirations and create a roadmap for achieving your dreams. Update your resume, network with professionals in your field, and explore potential career paths to set yourself up for success in the next phase of your journey.
  6. Embrace Spontaneity and Adventure: Don’t be afraid to say yes to new experiences and embrace the unfamiliar. Whether it's trying a new activity, attending a music festival, or embarking on a last-minute road trip, take the opportunity to step outside your comfort zone and welcome the unknown.  

As you transition into your next chapter, remember to take care of yourself and take time to relax and recharge. You've put in the work to be here, so take a moment to appreciate your achievements. Whether you're venturing out or enjoying home comforts, take this pause to recharge before facing new adventures and challenges. You've earned it!