Secondhand News: Take time for yourself this holiday season

By Jordan Oliver, Opinion Editor

December 5, 2012

Tis the season to be jolly—right? Then why is everyone so stressed out? Between final exam crunch-time, shopping for that perfect gift, and preparing for long journeys home, the first few weeks of December are far from delivering all that is calm and right.

As much as exam time is sucking up our holiday cheer, keep in mind that the end is near—the light is at the end of the tunnel! Before you know it, you’ll be on Christmas vacation, enjoying a month of school-free worries.

With so much emphasis put into giving throughout the holiday season, it’s important to remember to give to yourself. You’ve worked hard this semester; now find some time to treat yourself a little.

We tend to live our lives in a whirlwind; each day amassed by how efficiently we can burn the candle at both ends.  Take a midnight stroll through the library within these next two weeks, and you’ll see exactly what I mean.

Blurry, dark-circled eyes struggle to remain glued to computer screens, and cups of caffeine litter every flat surface on which they can stand. It isn’t ideal, but this is the average college student’s reality during exam time. So before ultimate burnout traps you in its snare, take the time to pencil yourself into your own schedule.

Give to yourself what you really need this Christmas break. Maybe it’s a long nap in the middle of the day, or time spent by the fire with a good book. Maybe it’s simply soaking in the pure bliss of knowing that your alarm doesn’t have to be set for the crack of dawn.

Whatever it is that truly uplifts your soul and leaves you feeling rejuvenated, make the time to do and enjoy it. You’ve got another semester to prepare for, so come back feeling refreshed, reenergized and ready to dive right in.