4 Ways You Can Maximize Your Downtime


Winter break can be an excellent time to do all of the things that have been on the back burner due to a busy schedule. But if you’re anything like me, a week or so off can turn into an attempt to accomplish way too much (seriously, I tried to learn Dutch one year). In all honesty, winter break is supposed to be just that, a break. So here are four simple ways to maximize your break with adding extra stress.

1. Plan ahead.

I know that it stresses me out to think about wasting extra time over break, so try to form a simple game plan for the few things you would really like to do. Focus on setting one task per day, so that you do have time for much needed rest.

2. Focus on the fun.

It’s great to have big plans for your break, but try to leave room for fun. This means that some of the items on your to-do list can include catching up with old friends and saving time for family traditions. I know that when I’m home I like to leave room to go shopping with my mom and binge-watching Netflix with my sister. Your downtime to-do list doesn’t have to be entirely serious.

3. Prioritize relaxing.

When making your to-do list, prioritize activities that relax you. Do you enjoy cooking with a loved one? Make time for that. Have you been meaning to go to yoga but just haven’t had time? Hit up a class. And sleeping is perfectly fine! If you need it, take the time to catch up on sleep. There is no correct way to relax over the winter holiday.

4. Allow yourself to simply be.

It’s been a stressful year for everyone. The holidays can be a joyous but emotional time because of this. So cut yourself some slack, if you don’t accomplish everything you set out to do. If you can look back on your break and remember being with loved ones and enjoying the positive company of your friends, that’s wonderful! The point is to come back feeling relaxed and ready to greet the new year with a clear mind.