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Tips for finding balance over Spring Break
Vicki Thurman | Principal of Miriam High School


Spring Break is the perfect time for students to unwind and enjoy some much-needed downtime. It’s all about balance. Here are my tips to make the week of vacation the best it can be:
 

Be Creative with Your Activities and Time: 

Take a break from screens and digital devices. Use at least some of this time to disconnect from social media, texting, and gaming. Focus on being present in the moment with friends and family OR engaging in crafts, cooking/baking projects, or art activities. Not only are these activities enjoyable, but they also provide a sense of accomplishment and allow you to express yourself. You could also practice mindfulness, read a book, or simply enjoy quiet time alone or with friends.


Rest:

Make sure you prioritize sleep and balance. Did you know that research has found that 73 percent of high school students regularly do not get a healthy amount of sleep? The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends teens should be getting 8 to 10 hours of sleep per night. While you can never really catch up on lost sleep, longer breaks are a good time to try to hit reset on your sleep schedule and actually feel what it’s like to get the optimum amount of sleep for YOUR body and mind to be at its best.


Explore Outdoors:

Don’t just stay inside on screens and video games. Take advantage of the spring weather by spending time outdoors such as going for a hike, having a picnic in the park, or playing sports. You don’t have to be sporty to get fresh air and sunshine- it can do wonders for your mood and overall well-being.


Adventure:

If you're traveling, try to find something new to do that you have not done before. If you are staying local for spring break, explore your city or town like a tourist or go to a new place that has opened near you. Visit museums, try new restaurants, or attend local events and festivals. You might discover hidden gems right in your own backyard.


Keep Safe:

No matter what you are doing over break, prioritize safety. Whether you're traveling or staying close to home, think first and make responsible decisions. Look out for each other and practice good judgment.

Gratitude

Wishing you a very happy holiday season! The holidays of Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa this month offer a sense of seasonal joy, hope, community, tradition and affirmation of what is truly important. We long for family and friends to create sweet moments together and reminisce on times gone by.

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