How to Relax and Unwind During the Holidays
When I think about the holidays, I’d like to think about a peaceful and stress-free time where no school deadlines creep up and all the Christmas shopping is done on time. Unfortunately for us students, exams run until the December 21 and majority of us are pretty much broke by the end of the term.
The natural stress that accompanies the holiday season when combined with academic stress can be a sure recipe for disaster. Because of this, I want to share some fun and relaxing ways to unwind during the holidays. With not that much time left to relax before the new term, here are some fun ways to spend this holiday season:
Play with your pet (and maybe talk to your family as well): Spending some quality time with my cats is my go-to. There’s nothing better than having that time with those you love after a hard semester at school. You know they’ve missed you, so it’s a win-win situation!
Bake: I don’t know what else could be better paired with the holiday season than baking. If you need some time to kill and want to indulge in some sweet treats, baking is the solution (I’m sure your friends and family will appreciate it as well).
Nature: If my cats aren’t in the mood or I’m just tired of being indoors, I love going for good walk. Living near a forest makes a walk-through nature all that more accessible, but even if this isn’t an option, going outside in general is still a good way to clear your head from the semester worries while getting some exercise in the meantime.
Christmas Market: Everybody should make a point to visit the Christmas Market in Toronto- period. If you’re a fan of food, lights, and a merry community, the distillery market is the place to be at this time of the year.
Ice skating: In my opinion, you’re never too old to go ice-skating. It provides great exercise, a lot of laughs (maybe a few falls!) and great scenery. If you happen to be in Toronto for the Christmas Market, why not just take a quick skate at Nathan Phillips Square?
Meditate: I can’t completely vouch for meditating since I can never sit still for so long, but all my friends that mediate will talk about it to anyone who will listen. It seems like a great way to relax and let go of any negativity from the semester or stressful exam season.
Shopping: I don’t particularly like to shop when I’m trying to relax, but sometimes going to the mall with a friend or family member who has some shopping to do is a fun little way to take a break from your regular routine.
There is a plethora of other things that you can do to take a step back from the hustle and bustle of the year. If these aren’t necessarily your cup of tea, a good old Netflix binge is never a bad idea!