While this time of year is often filled with joy and excitement, it can also be one of the most stressful times of the year. As you are preparing for finals and planning your holiday activities, whether it’s a trip home or staying put, learning how to deal with these stresses will help you have a more enjoyable holiday.
Here are some tips to help reduce stress this holiday season:
Let your family know about your plans and preferences for the holiday before you arrive home. Listen to their preferences and plans as well.
Make certain your plans include your family in some way. Think of some things you have in common with them or things you enjoy doing with them and request to do those things. Include your parents in the planning and scheduling of these activities.
Discuss with your parents regarding changes, i.e. curfew. Negotiation may need to occur.
Be prepared for the endless questions from family. How was this semester for you? What’s your GPA? What’s your major again? What are you going to do with that? Have you met any new friends? What clubs have you joined? Why did you choose that one? There are literally infinite questions that your parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, and just about everybody else in your family can and will ask. Be completely prepared to feel like you’re being interviewed for a job based on how well this semester went.
Have a lot of tasks to complete? Make a to-do list in chronological order to minimize stress.
Gift exchanges! Enjoy the present and try not to worry about what may be lacking.
Stay active and continue to eat a balanced diet.
Make time for yourself and your needs, even when hosting guests in your house.
Keep tabs on your holiday spending. Make a budget and stick to it, no exceptions.
Learn to say no. It’s OK not to do everything.
Renew your lease! Reduce stress down the road and renew your lease before the holidays!
Studying, late nights, cram sessions, and sometimes unhealthy amounts of coffee. We have some helpful tips to get you through the season the right way. We have a study center and a large clubhouse with plenty of study space for our residents and their guests. We also have coffee that is free to use while you are doing some last minute cramming! Our clubhouse provides a comfortable lounging areas with desks and plug in points so that you can get away from your roommates for a little peace and quiet should you prefer that. If you are having computer troubles, no worries! We have desk tops in our clubhouse just for you. Our computers are connected to our printer where we provide unlimited free printing for our residents! We also have a bus stop at the front of the property so you don't have to worry about being late for class or searching for parking for 30 minutes! With so many things going on during the school year, convenience and simplicity are vital. If there is anything we can do to help you along the way all you have to do is ask. We also have many events coming throughout the year to help give you a break from the struggle. Keep an eye out at the office and our social media to stay up to date on all the community information!