College breaks are meant to temporarily detox your mind, body and soul from your student life, allowing you time to focus on your mental health.
As a student, mental health is very important because without having a system that balances out the stresses of a school, work and social life, everything you have worked for so far will eventually suffer. Since spring break is approaching, the staff wanted to focus on something positive and uplifting like the benefits of spring break.
“Do students actually go on spring break trips?” “Does anyone have anything planned for spring break?” Almost no one on the staff had anything planned for the break, which is both surprising and not surprising, because normally students look forward to their spring break trip.
What makes it surprising is that students have more enthusiasm to catch up on some sleep than to spend unnecessary money on trips. Most college students are broke and attempt to make the best out of what they have, and the most they can do is by volunteering, relaxing, taking a hike or day-trip somewhere or catching up on homework.
Spring break is the opportunity to splurge on some much-needed time to de-stress from all the college work, as well as splurging on a fun vacation with friends or family.
Mental health is an important factor to take into consideration since most college students deal with stress and anxiety affects their peace and sanity daily. “In recent years, however, depression and anxiety have afflicted college students at alarming rates,” according to the Houston Chronicle.
Due to the lack of balance of your college, work and social life, your mental health begins to take a toll, which is why using your time wisely during the break is most effective.
Making inexpensive plans with friends such as camping, enjoying the warm weather or visiting a museum are some of the best ways to enjoy spring break without burning a hole in your pocket.
Spring break is the perfect opportunity to reflect on the time you have and take care of yourself.
There are plenty of activities college students can do that honors both mental health and their pockets, such as yoga, meditation and giving back to the community.
There are alternative spring break ideas that provide volunteer opportunities for college students, such as working for non-profit organizations like Habitat for Humanity and Projects Abroad which “is now offering short-term volunteering abroad opportunities specifically designed for one-week spring break trips,” according to Tripsavvy.
Spring break is not always about the expensive getaways and road trips to a favorite destination, but is also about being productive and staying productive.
Spring, summer and winter breaks are opportunities to restore a college student’s physical and mental energy to prepare for the next leg of their college career.
Mental health is more important than any trip because opportunities come and go, but the opportunity to have a healthy relationship with mental health is once in a lifetime.