Preparing for Winter Break
December 7, 2012
Being home over the winter break gives you the chance to rest and rejuvenate. A few conscious choices -- such as the decision to communicate openly with family about expectations, to stay in touch with friends, and to combine rest with work and play -- will help you enjoy your time off from academics even more.
Winter break is just around the corner! Here are some tips and things to consider, especially new students that have been away from home for the first time:
R & R - Take time to rest and relax during your break. Since the end of the semester can be stressful, you might be fatigued and need more sleep the first week of break. Self care is important to rejuvenating yourself for the holidays and next semester.
Changes - Be prepared that your room might have turned into an office or guest bedroom. Know friends might be different from the last time you were together. Think how much you have changed!
Family expectations - Most likely you have gained some autonomy while at CSU; however, your family might expect you to still live by the “rules of the house” when home. Have an open conversation right away about your new life and come to an agreement/compromise about how things will work while home.
Be open - Take some time during break to let your family and loved ones know about your Fall semester. Maybe ask to have a dinner when you first get back so there is a planned time to talk.
Keep in touch - You are probably going to miss your CSU friends. Find ways to keep in touch with them over the break. You may have similar experiences to share.
Work - Breaks are a great chance to make some extra cash, if options are available. However, make sure to give yourself some time off to relax.
Stay active - Be prepared that you might get bored after being home for a while. Stay active! Do outdoor activities, read a book or plan fun activities with family or friends.
Most of all enjoy your break and be safe! If you have any questions, contact Counseling Services at the CSU Health Network.