Thanksgiving break is like the calm before the storm that is the last few weeks of the semester. Papers, put-off readings and finals can all wreak havoc on your relaxation time, so make the most of this upcoming week off while you can.
Here are three things I plan to do to destress and take my mind off school for a bit. I suggest you try them over break instead of spending five hours a day on TikTok.
Watch a reality cooking show
I say this specifically because there is something about other reality or competition shows that are too high stakes for my liking. A reality cooking show like “MasterChef” or “The Great British Bake Off” will allow you to focus on an uncomplicated plot but branch out from what may be your regular go-to viewing. Plus, maybe you’ll learn a thing or two about cooking or get inspired to try and make one of the dishes yourself.
Arts and crafts
If you’re anything like me, you’re the furthest thing from an artist. Still, I find an easy project that doesn’t require a lot of skill is something fun and relaxing. I enjoy a paint-by-numbers or an adult coloring book page. If you have a bit more skill than I do, maybe you’ll have fun with an easy crochet pattern or even a blank canvas and some acrylic paint. Whatever you do, don’t start a large project that is going to haunt you when you can’t find more time to complete it.
Read a book
It could be that one that’s been collecting dust on your bookshelf as you get distracted by all your class reading. Preferably, a book that isn’t too long or in depth. Opt for a cute romance or quick-paced drama. If you have nothing on your shelf speaking to you, this break could be the time to go to your local library and find something there.