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Taking Care of Business

You have some real world demands you need to take care of and getting things done will help you have some room to breath. It’s funny because everyone thinks folks are hanging out on a beach somewhere during spring break, but most students are in the same boat you are. You have a job, you need some extra money, you need to catch up on homework, or study for the MCAT/LSAT/GRE or whatever the next big thing is.   Be sure to get some rest, eat good food, and take some breaks to move your body. It will help you be more productive and make the most of your break.

Play Catch Up
We all know how good it feels to be on top of our academics, so use this week o’ freedom to make the rest of your semester way easier. Get ahead on assignments, or catch up on things you’ve missed.    You could try taking work to different locations, to combine getting things done with a change of scene.

Take a moment to appreciate
It's great that you know your own priorities.  If family, work and school are most important to you, and you are taking time for them, then you are living out your values.  Research shows this is great for your mental health.

Invest in yourself!
Taking care of yourself makes you a more alert student, a more patient family member, a more energetic person.   Use some of your break to listen to your body and give it what it needs to relax. Sleep in late to recover if you can, and if you can’t, consider learning a brief relaxation skill or listen to your favorite song.

Hit Up Your Friends
Relax with people you care about.  Transform a study group into a trivia team, or invite people over to watch a movie, or cheer on your favorite sports team.  Even if you don’t have a lot of time, consider connecting with people—it could help you feel refreshed and ready to focus!