Although it’s nice to be away from the stressors of school while on Thanksgiving break, sometimes being home can be a whole other stressor in itself. Continuously getting asked about school, relationships, and your future can be tough, especially when you’re still trying to figure things out! Sometimes it’s hard for relatives who are older to understand that things are not as simple as they use to be, and that you are under a lot of stress. Here at FYE, we get that, and we want to make sure you’re doing okay after this break! Now that you’re back you can enjoy your last few weeks of your Fall semester and prepare yourself for an even longer break with our family! Here are some helpful hints to get use to be back on campus and how to make these next few weeks less stressful!
Surround yourself with good people for the next few weeks!
Going home can be hard when you’re be critiqued about everything you do, so spending time with people who see the good in you, and not the flaws is good for your mental health! Whether it’s your friends, a professor, or even a staff member, make sure to spend time with these people who remind you that you’re a decent person.
Get yourself organized for the weeks to come!
Before you know it, it’s going to be finals week and you won’t even have time to think about the stressors of being home, so make sure to prepare yourself! Make lists of the tasks that you need to have completed for each week. This will help to keep you on top of your assignments and be less stressed when it is finals week.
Relieve your frustrations in healthy ways.
For me, I know that Thanksgiving took a toll on my mental health and by the end of the week all I wanted to do was scream, but instead, I talked with some close friends about how I was feeling, put out a great outfit that would make me feel confident on the first day back, and made a list of all the things I needed to get done for this week! Relieving your stress and anger in healthy ways is much more productive than causing more stress on yourself! Try taking a walk, watching your favorite movie, talking to some friends, or even visiting counseling and health services to talk with someone who may be better at hearing you out!
Prepare yourself for winter break!
Thanksgiving break was only a small taste of what Winter break may be. The next few weeks are a good time to get yourself ready for the second round of questions and comments coming from your family during the month or so you’ll be home. Come up with some generic answers to give to everyone and ways to avoid questions or conversations you don’t want to have! For example, if someone asks you “How were your grades this semester?” you can give everyone the same answer by saying “They were good, I passed all of my classes?” Creating simple response to try and move on from the topic is really helpful and will allow you truly get a break from school, rather than continuing to talk about it.
Now that you’re back on campus, take these tips to ensure that you have a great time until going back home for the winter break! And if there is anything we can do in the First Year Experience office, please don’t hesitate to stop by!