If you’re not jetting off to Miami, Cabo or some other fantasy Spring Break destination this week, not to worry. The pressure to party for a week in a beach town may seem like the ultimate college break experience, but it’s really missing the chance to recuperate from the stress of the semester. Staying home is nothing to be bummed about.
Believe it or not, taking a break at home can be just as relaxing as spending the week on a beach — just without the sand and sun. Mary Jo Rapini, a psychotherapist who authored an article for FOX 26 Houston in 2021, claims that “research has shown that a spring break week at home achieves the same mental and physical health benefits as a week out of town. The key is taking a break.”
As tempting as it may be to uphold your daily scrolling routine, it may be best to break out of the habits you’re used to while you’re at school. This week, try to switch up the ways you let off steam. Shelf some of your daily responsibilities and focus on relaxing…for real. You have the week without the pressure of papers and exams holding you back from doing all the best things for your body. Regulate your sleep schedule, eat at regular intervals, drink lots of water and give your mind a break.
If you’re still convinced nothing good can come from a week at home, VALLEY has compiled a few ideas to spark some inspiration.
Plan a day trip
No matter how boring you think your hometown is, there is something great hiding out and waiting for you to uncover it. Make it your mission to find the best coffee in the neighboring town you’ve never been to or find a quirky museum you want to explore. If you live close enough, go to an aquarium or go hiking at a state park. Anything to get you out, moving and feeling energized is a great choice!
Make an at-home cocktail
Still craving a tropical vacation? Make yourself a classic Sex on the Beach cocktail and be transported.
What You’ll Need
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1 ounce peach schnapps
- 2 ounces of grapefruit or orange juice
- 2 ounces of cranberry juice
- 1 teaspoon of lemon juice (optional)
What You’ll Do
- Fill a glass with ice
- Combine vodka, schnapps and juices in glass
- Stir gently
For optimal enjoyment, invite a friend or two and make the recipe together! Try your hand as at-home mixologist and enjoy responsibly.
Try a new creative self-care hobby
Consider this the perfect time to try out a new hobby. You have a free week at home to spend (possibly avoiding your family), drinking fruity cocktails and getting crafty. Maybe you’ve always wanted to try your hand at watercolor painting or learning a song on the guitar. While you may not become a full-fledged expert by the time break ends, at least you gave it a shot. For more ideas, check out this article from VALLEY.
*VALLEY does not support underage drinking. Please remember to always drink responsibly.”