During the holidays, it is easy to fall out of routine. Temptation takes over and we spend too much time eating, sleeping, and watching Netflix. While enjoying yourself and the company around you is important, it is also important to make the most of your time away from the classroom or computer. With that in mind, here are five ways that you can make the most of your holidays
1) Prepare your resume for summer job applications.
The time to apply for summer jobs is usually in the early spring, making the holiday break an opportune time to update your resume. If you notice job postings that are already open, go ahead and apply. Employers may be impressed by your forward-thinking and preparedness. So grab your laptop and take care of this task to save yourself some time in the spring.
2) Research post-secondary options.
The deadline to apply to Ontario universities and colleges is in early 2019, leaving very little time to research and decide which programs to apply for, and where to attend post-secondary. One great source of information is the Virtual High School YouTube page, where you can watch many different university and college info sessions. While you are researching, also look into the bursaries and scholarships that each institution offers. Many post-secondary institutions often have few applicants for their awards, so we encourage you to apply.
3) Be active.
Physical activity can often go by the wayside during the holidays. We indulge in treats and holiday dinners and, just as our daily routines disappear, so does our desire to exercise. Make a point of getting out and doing something active. Whether it is going for a run, tobogganing, dancing at a social event, or walking the family dog, do something to balance out the increased inactivity and calories.
Keep your mind active as well by starting a new book, re-reading an old favourite, or reading online articles. If you want to get ahead in school, grab your textbook or login to your online course and try a new lesson. Keep those synapses firing!
5) Recharge your batteries.
While physical and mental activity are important, it’s also important to get lots of quality rest. Take the extra time the holiday break provides to create a solid sleep routine. Getting plenty of sleep and going to bed and waking up at consistent times helps you feel rested, and will make the transition back to your daily routines in 2019 much easier.