The holiday season a.k.a. the much awaited break is ~finally~ here.
For many, this means spending time with family, eating really good meals, and catching up on the non-existent sleep that was for the past semester. But for some, the reality for a ton of students is that Christmas break tends to be a challenge of balance. Let me explain.
Christmas break tends to be a challenge of balance.
With roughly two to three weeks of freedom and a whole lot of commitments waiting on you, there also comes a huge opportunity to catch up on the work that has perhaps weighed us down for the past couple of weeks.
Struggling with a particular chapter you left in school and never seem to have the time to study it? Christmas break is here. Need more time to rewrite your notes or make them in the first place? Wake up early on that December day to clock in a couple of hours of work.
Christmas break is so much of a balancing act more than we realize. Sure, we have more free time now, but there’s also that need to be present at family gatherings and never-ending Christmas parties. How do we manage to be present for all our events and actually be there to enjoy them? Let me suggest three things: planning, compartmentalization, and gratitude.
If you manage your time well to ensure, you are less likely to get stressed out. You won’t have the dilemma of looking back at your holiday break and wondering where all your time went, simply because you will have written things down and mapped them out. If planners work for you, try Google Calendar or a good trustworthy planner! Christmas break don’t have to come by empty. When planned right, the holidays can be a mix of productive study sessions and fun hangouts, too.
When planned right, the holidays can be a mix of productive study sessions and fun hangouts, too.
Next up is compartmentalization! It may sound silly, but having mind drawers can be really helpful, too. There’s a drawer for school, leisure, friends, family, even for do-nothing breaks.
By compartmentalizing things in your head, you’d be mindful of how you spend your time. It can help you avoid that infamous burnout situation when things get overwhelming. When you are focused in one drawer, you can sit out your worries on the others first. While it’s easier said than done, organizing your headspace is a skill you can improve and master the more you do it.
By compartmentalizing things in your head, you’d be mindful of how you spend your time.
Last but not least, learn how to be present this holiday season by practicing gratitude. This tip may be the least skilIs-based one compared to the latter two, but it’s equally as important. Having the right mindset going into the holiday seasons can make or break whether or not you actually enjoy it. After all, your mindset directs the way you behave.
How to foster an attitude of gratitude? Start by thanking the people around you. This can be as simple as smiling at people more or going out of your way to say hello to someone you aren’t that close to. It’s quite a stretch but it’s worth it! It’s these little things that make big impact on your day, week, to your whole year.
Start by thanking the people around you.
With endless parties and celebrations left and right, being fully present can be quite a challenge. Keep yourself from drowning in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season by planning, compartmentalizing, and keeping a grateful heart. Before you know it, you’ll be really present this season AND enjoying it. Also, you’ll be fully charged for the next semester and all the challenges it may bring. Cheers to being present!