4 Ways To Combat The Emptiness After The Semester

4 Ways To Combat The Emptiness After The Semester

You deserve a break, even if you don't want one

We have worked so hard this semester and it has been a constant stream of going, going, and going every day. Even though we are looking forward to break and can not wait for everything to end, when it does end it can feel a little empty. You have put all of your time and hard work into these classes for four months and now that they are over, it’s like well what do I do now?

Here are 4 ways to combat the emptiness you might feel after the semester is over.

1. WORK!

This is the easiest way to stay busy through the long break and also includes many benefits as well. While you are staying busy, you are also making and saving money that will help you out next semester when you are too busy to work. Throughout break working also gives you something to get out of bed at a decent time for and gives a purpose to your days instead of just sitting at home watching Netflix all day.

2. Volunteer

If you do not have a job you can always volunteer at a local animals shelter, homeless shelter, or any other program that helps charity. This is a great way to gain experience or a great way to get out of the house and have some fun helping out some local communities. Volunteering would also be a great aspect to add to your resume!

3. Hang out with those you have missed

When you have no idea what to do with your days you can always hit up your friends and hang out with those you have missed this whole semester! Seeing your loved ones and best friends will automatically lift your spirits and get you in the Christmas spirit! Since all of your college friends will be home, it will be a great opportunity to spend time together when you all are on break at the same time.

4. Get some rest and organize your life!

After hanging out with all your friends and working/ volunteering a great way to relax could be organizing all of the stuff you could not get to all semester. What better way to get ready for Christmas then to go through all of the stuff you have now and see what you do not want or what you simply do not use anymore. When you organize your stuff and put everything away this can reorganize your mind as well and make it more breathable and enjoyable for the winter break!

These four simple steps can really change how you see winter break if you are worried about the emptiness it might leave you. You can refresh and enjoy your time doing activities and seeing people you love.


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Make your New Year's Resolution something that's realistic for the lifestyle you live.

We all know those New Year’s Resolutions that seem super attainable but turn out not to be. We keep up with them for about a week, but then fall off the routine, abandon our goals and return to our old habits and lifestyles. But, I think I have a few New Year’s Resolutions that might be easier to keep up with.

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