April 1, 2022 | ACTIVE LIFE | By Nicky Shapiro | Photo by Sydney Morris

1. Drink some water…

Let’s be honest, there’s a solid chance that you came out of spring break a little less hydrated than you went in. I’m not trying to make any assumptions about any activities that took place over break, I’m simply looking out for everyone. There are a lot of things that can make someone dehydrated: going for a long bike ride, a stroll in the park, living in a hot environment, or consuming an ungodly number of alcoholic beverages. Again, not trying to make assumptions here! Regardless, let’s all try to drink some H₂0 and get that urine clear y’all.

2. Call your parents.

They miss you. I know that coming back from spring break can be hard for some, and I’m definitely some, but I find a good way to digest an experience and prepare for a new one is to catch up with family. I’m sure they’re going to be more than excited to hear about some stories from break (use your judgment when deciding what to omit). I’ll admit it, I absolutely love calling my mom. Give it a shot. 

3. Do the incline?

Regardless of what you did over spring break, I sure hope that everyone found some moments of relaxation. After all, that’s what it’s all about. If you managed to get some exercise in too, I applaud you, seriously.

Unfortunately, that was not the case for me. I had a naive moment beforehand where I thought: “should I bring some running shoes?” Then the reasonable side of my conscience stepped in and reminded me that there was no chance of me doing any running. That’s okay though, because right when I got back to school my friends and I did the infamous Manitou Incline to make up for all those missed runs. My stomach might have been churning, but it felt great (kind of, not really).

4. Don’t be afraid to nap!

There are times when I agree that napping too much can be a bad thing, but not always. I’m not the biggest fan of napping in the afternoons, so I try not to. When I do, I wake up feeling like I’m in a video game. However, being in school can be tiring, especially after coming back from a break, so I’m not afraid to nap when the time is right. I mean, does a Friday afternoon nap not sound incredible? I do understand that napping isn’t for everyone, so take my advice with a grain of salt.

5. Consult with yourself.

My last piece of advice would be to sit down and have a nice conversation with yourself. What actually works for you? How can you get back into your grind-set? I know 7th Block has already started, but I’m still trying to get back into the swing of things and I don’t think I’m alone. Feel free to reject some, if not all, of my advice; my feelings won’t be hurt. As I’ve mentioned before, hopping back into school after a break can be hard. Take some time to re-acclimate, in whatever way works best for you.

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