Everybody loves the holidays. It brings families together , friendships rekindle, and people take the time to realize what they are truly thankful for….or that’s what people wish the holidays did. Let’s be honest, the holidays brings on more stress, headaches, and bellyaches than we anticipate. And as much as you love and want to see your family, you will be more than ready to see them leave once the holiday week is done and over with. Here are my hints and tips to making your holiday season more memorable than dreadful.
Cherish your time before it perishes
Of course it is going to be great to see your family again, but make sure you are cherishing every moment you have with them. This means putting your pride aside and biting your tongue when things don’t go your way. Try the listening approach. Listen to what people have to say instead of trying to get people to listen to you. It wouldn’t kill you pick up a broom, run some errands, or dial some numbers to help out when turkey day comes, because I’m sure the cook in your family will greatly appreciate it, and when Thursday comes, so will you.
Visit the important people
I’m sure you have a bunch of people blowing up your Facebook notifications and writing on your wall saying that you need to hang out , and depending on the day that you get out for school; you might not have enough time to see all of them. Prioritze. Prioritize. Prioritize. I made a rule that the people who I have kept in touch with throughout my college freshman year, I will make a personal effort to see first. If this means the only time we hang out is the midnight premiere of the Muppets Movie, then so be it, because when it comes down to it; your friends that stay in contact with you throughout your college life are more likely to become life long friends anyways.
Put the books away
The point of a break is to take, a break. Don’t overload yourself with to-do lists of papers and chapters that you have to read. By all means, if you have to review the material for the big test that you have, then do so, but don’t stress yourself out too much. Gather the materials that you need to study before you leave and review them periodically. Don’t take this break as an extra 5 days to cram for your next test because this when you come back to your college town, you are going to realize how much you missed out on while you were home.
The most important aspect of the holidays is to have fun. Don’t worry about the extra pounds that you are going to gain or how much you are going to dread going back to that Thursday class with that horrible professor, because that shouldn’t be your main priority this break. Just sit back, relax, and do some black Friday shopping or beat that next level in the game you can’t beat with the people withat you love the most.