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How to Unwind During the Holidays

A student shares seven unique ways to unwind this holiday season.

Student Contributor, Nayeli Morales

December 16, 2020

How to Unwind During the Holidays
Relaxing during the holidays, quarantine style!
It's Christmastime! That translates to finals time for high school students; and after such a stressful time of studying for our finals, and writing multiple essays, it’s time for a much needed break! This year we need to wind down at home because of quarantines, and we need to socially distance so that we can get back to normal as soon as possible. So here it is, how to unwind during the holidays: quarantine edition!

Mental Health Breaks

Make Art: If you have something on your mind but you don’t enjoy talking about it, then express your thoughts through art. If you like to draw or paint then go for it, express yourself and every emotion you have on an empathy via canvas. Can’t draw? Make something abstract. I don’t have the artistic ability that many of you are blessed with but, I still find comfort in painting and drawing even if it’s something abstract or something as simple as a flower. If painting or drawing doesn't give you the satisfaction it gives others, try expressing yourself through music. This is a great chance to pick up that guitar or keyboard that’s been sitting in the corner of your room for ages! Learn the chords to a song that’s a reflection to how you’re feeling, or you can make a piece of your own.
Call Someone: A lot of us are struggling at the moment because of the long distance between ourselves and our loved ones. Take the time to call them and catch up with each other, it might not be the same as being in the same place but, it’s nice to hear a familiar voice every once in a while. Sleep: I mean, I can’t be the only one that’s running on caffeine these last few weeks before Christmas break. Once this is all over and your tests are done, sleep for as long as your body lets you. You only get two to three weeks off. Once those weeks are gone, I can’t promise how much time you’ll have to sleep (depending on how busy your schedule is). If you are lacking sleep now and are feeling stressed, sleep will—without a doubt—make a difference. Don’t even wait until winter break! Do it now. I promise, you’ll feel great after a good nap.
Plan Next Semester's Schedule: School may be the last thing you want to think about during your break. For some, stress is caused by the overwhelming sight of the pile of work sitting on your desk, along all the Zoom meetings you need to attend. Planning next semester’s schedule will eliminate some of your stress regarding next year.

Holiday Activity Breaks

Now that we have some free time, we’re adjusting our original plans to socially distance. But you can still have fun! T.V. Show Catch Up: Since all of your plans have been canceled, now's the perfect time to catch up on the eighth-season show you’ve been wanting to watch. You and your friend can also get together for a watch party on your favorite viewing platforms. Platforms that offer group watch parties include: • Disney + • Netflix • Amazon prime • Viki (if you enjoy Asian dramas) Bake: The internet is filled with an infinite amount of recipes for so many baked goods, from fruit cakes to your favorite holiday sugar cookies. A lot of people find baking to be a stress reliever so give it a try. It’s a great way to pass the time, and you get to eat something at the end! Edit Your Playlist: You can use this time to edit or discover new music to add to your playlist. I myself enjoy exploring the different genres of music the world has to offer! If you’re already comfortable your playlist, enjoy the seasonal music to get into the holiday spirit. Catch Up on Reading: Because we are stuck at home, you can use the power of reading to take you anywhere. Take this time to catch up on some good books. Don’t forget: Whatever activities you plan, remember to social distance so that next year we get to spend the holidays together. Stay safe, and happy holidays!

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