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Relaxation techniques to keep that winter break feeling

For most college students, winter break is quickly coming to a close. Pretty soon you’ll be back to the old grind and stressing over exam schedules and term paper deadlines. How can you keep that mellow, winter break feeling when you’re back to school?

See what relaxation techniques work best for you. (Credit: Ouba Life Style)

See what relaxation techniques work best for you. (Credit: Ouba Life Style)

There are plenty of relaxation techniques and stress relievers that are easy to do. Stress relief can be as easy as doing deep breathing techniques. Let’s see what else you can do to stay relaxed. Read more

Forget about winter, second semester is coming!

By the end of winter break, you’re ready to hit the books and swing back into college life for second semester, right? I’ll admit, I can use an extra week or so to get my life back on track. But the thing about preparing for college classes second semester is that if you don’t head back to campus with a plan and enthusiasm for what comes next, you might find yourself dragging before midterms.

Get ready to start your second semester. (Credit: VIA)

Get ready to start your second semester. (Credit: VIA)

Here are some life hacks for making the most of the next term. Read more

DIY tips and tricks to destress over winter break

While I know winter break can come with its own varieties of stress, especially if you’re heading home for family gatherings with cousins from six different states, a family road trip, or just six different holiday dinners, it can also be a great time to destress and get ready for next semester.

Relax and destress this winter break. (Credit: Huffington Post)

Relax and destress this winter break. (Credit: Huffington Post)

I’m lucky this year that I got to stay close to home with no big travel plans and only a small family gathering, but there have definitely been those years when it seemed like the first relaxation I got was getting back on campus! Here are some tips and tricks to form a DIY plan to destress over winter break. Read more

6 DIY ideas to cure boredom over winter break

It’s winter break. If you’re not doing a J-term, don’t have a job, and don’t have any studying to do, you may be running out of ideas to keep yourself busy. While winter break can be a great time to catch up on sleep and relaxation, if you’re like me, you can only go for so long before you’re itching to get busy again.

Tackle some DIY projects to prevent winter break boredom. (Credit: SCHC)

Tackle some DIY projects to prevent winter break boredom. (Credit: SCHC)

Whether you need DIY ideas to cure boredom, or are itching to do some DIY crafts while you have access to the family craft supplies, check out these ideas on what to do with winter break. Read more

Maximize your college credits with a J-term study abroad

Winter break can offer you some necessary down time, and if you aren’t already on a J-term, then you’re probably getting that break right now. But J-terms can be a great way to squeeze in that foreign study abroad opportunity when you don’t have any in-semester time to spare.

Have you considered doing a J-term study abroad program? (Credit: CIS Abroad)

Have you considered doing a J-term study abroad program? (Credit: CIS Abroad)

College students can get a lot out of spending their J-term abroad, so if you’re looking for college hacks to get some college credits under your belt without cramming your semesters too full, check out these ways you can use your winter break. Read more

DIY plans to get outside and off campus during winter break

The semester is coming to a close. When I was an undergrad, I only had a J-term course planned for one winter break of my four years. During my other three winter breaks, I got off campus—usually by going home, since in our residential college staying over winter break was a no-go. I got a holiday job working retail, but I also made sure to get outside and do things.

Take advantage of our winter break activity ideas. (Credit: Unigo)

Take advantage of our winter break activity ideas. (Credit: Unigo)

If you’re in an area where you can go out winter hiking, either from home or near your dorm, try spending some of the warmer days this winter outside and off campus, getting some space from your academics so you can work with a clearer mind in January. Read more

10 tips to stay healthy this winter

That crisp feeling in the air, the leaves turning colors can only mean that cold and flu season is on its way. It’s time for that flu shot but there are plenty of other things you can do to keep bugs and viruses from ruining your winter break.

Stay healthy this winter with our health tips. (Credit: Shutterstock)

Stay healthy this winter with our health tips. (Credit: Shutterstock)

Wash your hands often, eat a healthy diet and employ relaxation techniques to reduce stress. But wait, there’s more. In fact I have a whole list of ideas to help you stay healthy this winter. Read more

Life hacks for cold weather on campus

Remember last year’s surprise snowmageddon? While many places were impacted, the Boston blizzard of 2015 was one for the record books. Many of my friends live in Boston, and they were snowed in for what seemed like weeks–the snow came down in February and literally didn’t finish melting until June. Cars were buried, and so were front doors.

You ready for the cold weather? (Credit: DIYLOL.com)

You ready for the cold weather? (Credit: DIYLOL.com)

Even if this year is mild, I’m preparing for the worst by making sure I have a list of life hacks to make my cold weather living easier. Whether you’re on winter break or back on campus, keep these life hacks in mind. Read more

Cold weather DIY projects for your winter break

It may not be snowing yet–it’s going to be in the 60s all week where I live in Connecticut–but (as they say in Game of Thrones) winter is coming.

What ideas do you have for a winter DIY project? (Credit: HeyKayli/YouTube)

What ideas do you have for a winter DIY project? (Credit: HeyKayli/YouTube)

If you’re looking to do some cold weather DIY projects over your winter break, take a look at some of these cozy crafts that could be a help for you when you get back to dorm life next semester, especially if the campus heaters go on the fritz. Read more

You ask, we answer: Surviving your family over winter break

Dear J,

What’s up with the third degree from my parents? I’m headed home for the winter break and I know it will be a barrage of questions from them and my other family members. My brain is fried from finals week, and I CAN’T TAKE ANYMORE QUESTIONS! What do you suggest I do?

How to deal with your family while you're home for the holidays. (Credit: wheretoget.it)

How to deal with your family while you’re home for the holidays. (Credit: wheretoget.it)

Ah, fried brain. I too suffer from the post-finals-week daze. Going home is a wonderful time and you must try to remember all of the good things you have to look forward to! Real food, naps, no homework, and did I mention real food already? Read more