Another exam season has come and gone. After several exams, countless medium double-doubles, and three weeks of generally neglecting basic needs, most of us are ready to wind down and fully enjoy our winter break. However, as we hand in the last of our exam papers, most of us begin to feel a sense of rapidly declining purpose – what are we going to do with our month-long holiday? Personally, I’m never satisfied with just sleeping and doing nothing with all this free time at my disposal. So if you’re anything like me, here are a few tips to help you make the most of your time this holiday season.
Don’t ditch your planner just yet.
Most of us are probably very diligent with planning during the semester, but once it ends we lose every concept of time and days start blurring into each other. Not a great feeling! It helps to have a general idea of what your plans are so you can make sure you’ve done everything you’ve wanted to by the time the break’s over.
Try to get out of the house.
Sub-zero temperatures are an obvious turn-off for heading outdoors, but be sure to step out once in a while to get some fresh air. It’s important to get out every once in a while to avoid going stir crazy!
Indulge in winter activities.
Again, no one wants to go out into the snow. However, there are many things you could do that . This is the only time of year that you can go out skiing, snowboarding, or skating. Why not head to downtown Toronto to skate at Nathan Phillips Square? Just be sure to bundle up.
Spend time with your loved ones.
Doesn’t matter if they’re family, friends, significant others, or your pets…chances are, it’s been difficult trying to find time to spend with them. Take time over the holidays to hang out with the ones that mean the most to you. You’ll feel much happier, and they’ll be glad to finally get to be with you!
Attend to other aspirations.
With university having taken up most of your time, it’s likely that you had to put your personal hobbies and interests on hold. Now that academic pressure is off for a little while, make sure to indulge in activities you love -whether it be art, video games, or even catching up on your favourite show.
Make preparations for next semester.
If there’s anything I’ve learnt from my first semester in university, it’s that you don’t want to be falling behind. Take advantage of this spare time and make yourself familiar with what you’re up against in the next semester. You’ll feel a lot less lost if you know what to expect once school starts up again.
Do you have any other tips for how not to waste your holiday break? Let us know in the comments!