Reading week is coming up soon, and while it may be tempting to clock as many studying hours as possible, it may actually be a better use of your time to relax and unwind. We usually like to spend these blogs talking about how much fun escape rooms are, but for this article, we’re going to keep things a little bit more serious. The midterm breaks in November and February were actually created as a suicide prevention strategy because administrators realized that over-worked and highly anxious students needed to take a week to just decompress and breathe.
Humans are social creatures, and even the most introverted among us need friends and family members who love and appreciate us. The best way to help vulnerable students who may be feeling isolated from their support network is to remind them that you’re present to listen and that you love them. Maybe this will mean giving them a weekly phone call if they’ve moved across the province for school and are far away. Maybe this will mean taking time to reconnect at the dinner table each night. Whether your student is near or far, staying connected to their roots is important for their mental well being.
Keep your Brain Working.
While a movie night is great, it won’t help to keep your brain moving during the break. I know we recommended taking time to unwind and decompress, but that doesn’t mean turning into a media zombie and letting your brain become mush. Instead, try conquering new challenges. Take a week to remaster touching your toes, or book an escape adventure from our locked rooms! Our tricky escape rooms will keep you puzzling and the great teamwork with your friends will keep you laughing.
Unless your professor assigned homework over the break (we suggest leading a mutiny if they did), we really do recommend avoiding classwork for the week. Take this time to just enjoy life! Push your brain through puzzles or escape rooms. Reconnect with your friends and family. Let school just not exist for a little while.
The most important thing a family member or friend can do for a stressed out university student is keep in contact. Remind your student that their value extends beyond their grade-point average, and whether they do well or poorly in school, they’re still important to you. Take them out for dinner — many students who are busy with midterms may not be eating well. Spend time reconnecting in a place where you can really focus on your student. Set a healthy example by showing them that it’s okay to put work aside for a short while. And if you feel like you need help, please reach out to your local crisis centre. From our team at Esxoss Manway, we hope you have a safe and relaxing reading week.