So you made it past finals, your trek home, and after being reunited with home cooking and your pets, you start to fall into a routine of sorts. And sometimes, that routine is not only the least efficient use of your time, it's just setting you up for failure when you return to school.
1. Get the right amount of sleep
You would think that without finals to study for and with an absence of $2 Tuesdays and Thirsty Thursdays in your life, you'd actually start getting some quality shut eye.
You thought wrong.
It's easy when you have no obligations to stay up all night and sleep all day just because you can, but you're literally going to sleep away your break. Use this time to catch up on sleep, but also to try to get back on a healthy routine before you have to go back to school.
2. Eat this, not that
There is nothing quite as remarkable as your first home cooked meal with your family after returning from a slew of McDonald's, Hot Pockets, and plain chicken breasts. Take advantage of the food your family wants to cook for you.
You can eat all the Mexican and fast food you want when you get back to your lifestyle fueled by coffee and Chick-Fil-A. Enjoy the authenticity and being waited on by your momma. Not to mention, you're probably way less likely to retain all that stressful finals week binge eating weight. Say goodbye to that Finals Fifteen.
3. Keep your shit organized
Yes, technically you can live like a vagabond for three weeks with your socks and study guides strewn across the house in a trail that leads to your room. You can save yourself (and your mom) a lot of hassle by trying to keep your mess confined. That way when you're frantically packing an hour after your ride was supposed to pick you up to take you back to school, you're less likely to forget something of value like oh, I don't know, your laptop... or worse yet... your straightener.
4. Spend time with the fam -- I mean actually hang out with them
Don't get me wrong, I try to keep in touch with everything going on in my friends' lives through group chats, Snaps, and Instagram stories. Take some time to actually spend time with your family and put your phone away. You never know how much you'll get to see them throughout the year, and they're excited to see you. You'll get to spend the next six months with your friends, so turn your phone on airplane mode and watch a Christmas movie together.
5. Actually do something
Make a craft or read a book. Go outside and do stuff in the snow. Take a drive to see Christmas lights. Do things you don't have the time or means to do during the school year. There's a difference between relaxing and slowly becoming a part of the sofa downstairs.
If for nothing else, just do it so when people ask what you did over break, you can pretend it was something other than drinking your parents' liquor in the basement while you played Madden for a record 21 hours straight. Trust me. It's fun and you're saving yourself the shame.