5 Winter Break Tips for Online Students

Most of us are already pining for the days of the long holiday break to sleep late, gorge ourselves on sweet treats and cheese balls, and spend hours in front of the television catching up on Netflix.  No doubt, we are in need of rest and relaxation and enjoying time with our families.  It is important to clear your mind of algebraic equations, sociological theory, or the Georgia Constitution, and fill your head with dancing sugar plums for a while!

While rest and relaxation are vitally important to the brain, we want to suggest that during the many days away from school and the computer that you keep yourself motivated so that you can return in January with tenacity and a fresh perspective. Here are a few tips to help you recharge over the break.

Keep reading. Finding things you love to read over the break will keep your mind stimulated and your vocabulary sharp. (Please don’t rely on Facebook and Buzzfeed for ALL of your intellectual perusing).  

Maintain “to-do” lists.  Staying on some kind of schedule and accomplishing tasks is important for a healthy outlook and keeps you from staying up all night and sleeping all day. Jot down a few things to accomplish daily. 

Stay active. There is something to be said for getting 30 minutes of exercise a day.  This can be a simple walk around your neighborhood, shopping at the mall, or light housework. Exercise keeps your heart healthy and your mind rejuvenated. 

Eat (at least) one healthy item a day. It's hard to avoid those sugary treats around the holidays! Don't cut them out completely, but try to balance it out by keeping some healthy items on hand.  Have a bag of apples or fresh cut veggies in the fridge.  Drinking water throughout the day can also help you feel fuller so that you don't eat too many sweets!

Keep school in mind.  Classes will resume before you know it. Be sure you get any required supplies before classes start. If you're taking online classes, review your email regularly and be sure you know where to go and how to log in on the first day of class. 

So, go ahead!  Enjoy the extended winter break!  May it be a time of restoration and peace.  Follow these tips, and you'll be rested and ready to attack those new classes come January!

Happy Holidays from the USG eCampus team!