It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Making the Most of your Reading Break

February 11, 2016  |   Found in Editorial // Student Life

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Making the Most of your Reading Break


If you’re like me, you’ve probably been counting down the days to reading break since…the first day of class? And while you may want to spend the week in a Netflix-feuled, showerless, KD every day for every meal kind of bliss, you may end up feeling groggier, smellier and even more stressed than when the break started. And because I care about you and your well-being, dear reader, I’m going to give you a few suggestions to make the most of your reading break.

1. Reward yourself!

You’ve been doing a great job and working hard so far this semester, and you deserve a little TLC. Check out one of the great new movies that’s out (I recommend Brooklyn, it’s definitely a tear-jerker), or go out to your favourite restaurant.

2. R-E-L-A-X (in moderation).

Take some time to catch up on zzz’s and sleep in! Treat yourself to a massage or an evening in the hot tub at your local rec centre. You can even indulge in some marathon Netflix-ing. Just make sure that’s not all you do all week.

3. Go on an adventure!

Whether you’ve planned a trip to Mexico or Montreal ahead of time, or you go on a weekend staycation to Canmore and Banff, reading break is a great time to adventure and explore new places. It can be as easy as loading up the car with snacks, good road trip tunes and even better friends. We have some beautiful places less than 3 hours drive from Calgary, so take advantage of that, especially since the whole week we’ll hopefully be sitting above 0 degrees! If you need ideas, a great resource is

4. When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

During reading break, do a little bit of reading….you get the point. As relaxing and exciting as reading break should be, it’s definitely not a bad idea to get some work done. If you’re like me, you have something like 2 midterms, a paper and a presentation all due the week back from reading break. I still have shiver-inducing flashbacks of 2015-Post-Reading-Break-Me crying by a pile of textbooks majorly regretting not having done any school work during break. Don’t be like 2015-Post-Reading-Break-Me. Instead, try to space your tasks out during the week so that you don’t get overwhelmed later on. Read a few textbook pages a day or dedicate a couple of hours to starting on that daunting paper. You might even want to set up a time to study with friends, and reward yourselves with a movie or a night out afterwards. You’ll perform better than you would pulling an all-nighter before it’s due and your post reading break self will thank you!

5. As you should always do, put yourself first.

Make sure to fit into your reading break some of the things that you love, are good for you, and you don’t get to do when you’re super busy with school. Keep your mental and physical health a priority! If you haven’t gone to the gym or been able to eat well since starting the semester, reading break is a good time to establish habits that you can hopefully keep rolling with throughout the rest of the semester. Take a trip to the wellness centre (open all week!) and make use of one of the ten free counseling sessions you are entitled to, or have a chat with the registered dietician. Have a hearty, home cooked meal and make sure to get some fresh air, as it can be easy to hibernate all winter and forget that going outside is not the enemy and it can actually be good for you. Have a great break!

Originally posted Feb. 11, 2016.

Daniela Galindo is a 3rd year business and international relations major. She is a Program and Events Assistant with the SU. In her free time she likes eating cold pizza and going on long walks with her dog. You can check her (and her cute dog) out on Instagram @danielagalindo15