– Keep your workout schedule. Everything will be different over Thanksgiving break: the food, people and time commitments. But one thing you can maintain is your workout schedule. If you work out in the morning, set that time aside, same with the evening or any time of the day. Just let everyone know “I work out from 5-6 p.m.,” so that they see it coming and you can get the time you need.
– Catch up on sleep, but not too much. This is a great time to get some extra sleep that you can’t afford to have during the school year. However, studies have shown that getting too far off of your sleep schedule can just make you more tired. Not only that, but it will be much harder to reset your body-clock when you get back. Try waking up at the same time as you do here at school, but going to bed an hour earlier to get those extra ZZZZs.
– Eat. Seriously. If you have been working hard to live a healthy life this semester, it is time to cut loose. Thanksgiving is about giving thanks and enjoying family and food, so do it. You probably don’t need to be told this, but here is confirmation anyway. It is more than OK to chow down on absolutely everything on Thursday, just not all week long.
Above all, relax. Thanksgiving break is truly intended to be a time to relax, even if your professors don’t agree. Go home, reset, relax and forget about school and the coming finals. Then come back rehabilitated and ready to gut out the last three weeks of the school year.
Have a great break!