By Julia Schilz, Elizabeth Fedro, Sarinna Vasavada

Congrats on making it through the majority of the first semester… we are less than a month away from winter break!!! First and foremost, Thanksgiving break is for spending time with family and friends, sleeping in, and of course EATING 🙂 That being said, we all like to use this break as a chance to recharge and realign with health (as it often gets neglected amidst the chaos of the school year!)

When we say health, we are talking about physical and mental health. We view both components as equally important! Without further ado, here are some of our tried-and-true tips for staying healthy over the break:

  1. Remember that you have 5 whole days to do more of what makes you happy! Do lots of fun things that you normally are too busy to do. The break is “no-homework,” (I know, I know, there will inevitably be work for you to catch up on), but try to use as much time as you can to relax and do what YOU want. You will be a lot more effective in getting back in the swing of school if you use the break as time for yourself.
  2. Water!!! I know everyone says this, but I swear, it WORKS. When I am not drinking enough water, I notice it immediately in that I become exhausted and get headaches. Try drinking 8 to 16 oz of water as soon as you wake up– some studies show it wakes you up better than coffee. I try and do this every day, and I believe it!!
  3. Use your extra time to get some exercise. Maybe try a new class! Hot yoga is a personal favorite so I will definitely be there as much as I can 🙂
  4. GrooveRyde is offering a new special class called Rock the Bells. Stay fit while jamming out to your favorite holiday music. Only $20 for 1 hour!
  5. Check out Sarinna’s protein bar article and sample a new one.
  6. Have a snowball fight with ankle weights. 🙂  

Last but not least, our #1 tip is to just ENJOY everything Thanksgiving break has to offer! Indulge to your heart’s desire in turkey and stuffing and pumpkin spice everything!!!