By Lauren Holcomb

Winter break is quickly approaching, and many students are thrilled for the 2-week vacation from school. Students go on exotic trips, enjoy relaxing staycations, and celebrate holidays with loved ones. But with all this extra time, sometimes students feel bored and experience extra stress about homework and projects, but don’t worry! I have a few tips to help you stay on track and keep your cool this winter break.

Lots of religious holidays fall during the winter, such as Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, and more. People like to hold dinners, feasts, buffets, and gatherings to celebrate. With all this extra food and the chilly weather outside prohibiting much outdoor exercise, many people gain extra weight that they usually burn off during their PE period. To prevent this, try doing  few indoor exercises a day, like stretching, sit-ups, and push-ups. If you prefer a more fun alternative, you can try running around the house, drinking more water, and doing fun activities with your friends and family.

One thing that can also affect your weight is stress. During the break, try not to procrastinate on any work you have, like homework or projects. Knock them out of the way in your first few days off, and relax for the rest! Don’t put it off until the night before you go back, or it will be difficult to enjoy your break.

Last, something we are all familiar with during this time off: boredom. After the first few days or week of fun, students may start to cave in and face the fact that school is a great boredom buster, and without it, they are left with nothing to do. One activity that never goes out of style is reading a book or two. Curl up in a comfortable spot and enjoy flipping through the pages of an interesting novel! Since reading may not be everyone’s ideal way to spend their time, students can try baking! Check out our holiday sweets article for some delicious and scrumptious treats to try this winter.

No matter how you decide to spend your break, these tips can come in handy for your holiday troubles. Remember to have fun, stay safe, and enjoy a wonderful winter break this year, Chargers!