5 Ways To Adjust After Spring Break Fries Your Brain

5 Ways To Adjust To Reality After Spring Break Fries Your Brain And Your Skin

Feeling low after spring break? Check out these tips to get you back on track.


Post-spring break doesn't only bring a nasty, peeling sunburn. Not many people are prepared for the realities of class, work, and studying after spending all week lounging at the beach or in bed. Here are five ways to ensure that you don't succumb to the repercussions of the notorious phenomenon of spring break brain-frying.

1.  Actually go to class

Fortunately, my professor cancelled my first and only class of the day the Monday following spring break. Fresh off the plane from Delray Beach, Florida, this news was exactly what I thought I needed to further procrastinate getting back into the swing of things. Lying in bed all morning was relaxing and fun—until it wasn't. I felt bored out of my mind and my relaxation quickly turned into sluggishness, which drove me to lie in bed even longer. By ten p.m., I realized the amount of homework I actually had to do and was doomed for the rest of the night. Moral of the story- don't get caught up in post-vacation blues and just get up and go to class. It will get you into your routine much quicker than if you were to skip class.

2. Go to bed early (or at a slightly reasonable hour)

Whether you slept in your own bed all week with your dog curled up next to you or you were out until four a.m. clubbing in Miami Beach, sleep is essential to adjusting to a new schedule. It can be hard not to stay up in college when everyone else is in your hall is just starting their nights, but going to bed at a reasonable hour, at least for the first few days back, will motivate you to actually get out of bed the next morning and get your stuff done early.

3. Avoid sweatpants

With your newly tanned (or possibly peeling) skin, the last thing you should be wearing on Monday is a pair of old sweatpants! I know dressing down is a tempting thought, but if you try putting on a real outfit the first few days back, you'll look and feel like a whole new person (and not only from the new layer of skin that has revealed itself from your terrible spring break sunburn)!

4. Maybe eat a salad

I fell victim to the frequent consumption of hamburgers and French fries during spring break. Hey, it's vacation! Or at least that's what I told myself everyday as I took another bite of a giant, greasy burger oozing with ketchup after spending the whole day finishing an entire bag of Tostitos on the beach. My diet is now (unfortunately) off of vacation mode, and yours should be as well. This is not to say you shouldn't treat yourself; instead remember that eating excessive mozzarella sticks and Philly cheesesteaks for lunch will only make you feel horrible when you have to get up for your eight-thirty classes or spend all night writing a five-to-seven-page essay. For those tasks, eating something a little healthy will do the trick.

5. Call home

This is a reminder to always call home. Even if you didn't go on vacation for spring break and you were with your parents or siblings or high school friends all week, still make sure to check up on them and ask how they're doing. They most definitely want to hear how you're doing as well and are going to want to make sure you're remembering to utilize tips one through four in this article. And if you did go away for spring break, call home and tell your mom or dad or sister or FaceTime your chihuahua at home and tell her about it.

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10 Things Every UK Student Understands Post-Spring Break

Spring break, we all miss you. Seriously.


A yearly occurrence, spring break is a week of relaxation, fun, and a time to get away, physically and mentally, from school work, obligations, exams, a never-ending to-do list, and general stress. However, as much fun as the annual break is, the week after when we're all back on campus is a huge reality check. Here are 10 things that every student at the University of Kentucky can relate to post-spring break.

1. It’s nearly impossible to focus on anything


Spring break is a blessing and a curse for this exact reason. During the break, you feel completely free, but after you get back to Lexington, your ability to focus is gone, still thinking about days when the only thing you needed to remember was if you put sunscreen on or not.

2. If you were in a warmer place over break, the chillier weather of Lexington is miserable

Coming back on campus, while it may be 50 degrees, is far from the 80 your body is used to. Layers and constant shivering is the result.

3. Waking up for 8 AMs got even worse, if that is even possible


No, it wasn't easy to wake up at the crack of dawn and then walk halfway across campus nearly every weekday BEFORE spring break. Now? That's a joke.

4. If you were at the beach, you are peeling EVERYWHERE from the sunburns you got on your first day


Peeling off bits of dead skin in public is a really fun time!

5. You are wide awake at 2 AM for no reason other than for the fact that you are used to being up all night over break

phone in bed

Setting alarms isn't really a thing when you're waking up at the beach every day, in a comfy bed somewhere, or in your own home. We did NOT miss, you Apple ringtone.

6. A 50 minute class that used to fly by (as of 2 weeks ago) feels like an eternity 

lecture hall

And classes over an hour? Forget about it.

7. Being back on an actual schedule

uky campus

On spring break, whether you're at home or on vacation, you usually plan your own days and have little to no academic obligations. Coming back to Lexington the week after the break is a slap in the face. It's like we all forgot that we usually have way more work than we know what to do with, and those Canvas notifications are fully bringing us back to reality.

8. Nope, we didn’t miss walking up the stairs to the third floor of Whitehall Classroom Building one bit

whitehall building

Even if you worked out over spring break, those stairs get you. Every. Single. Time.

9. Going from restaurant food, seafood, or whatever you have in your fridge and pantry at home to having to go buy groceries and eat at the 90 or champs

the 90 caffeteria

Definitely a rough adjustment, no doubt.

10.  Having to get ready for class

snow boarding

Whether you spent your spring break in sweatpants, a swimsuit, or ski gear, having to get dressed for class every day once you are back isn't the most fun thing in the world.

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