How to Prevent Yourself from Becoming Unmotivated During the Holidays

The holidays are upon us and for college students and professional alike, this can be one of the most exciting times of the year. It means we get a temporary break from early morning classes, nerve-racking presentations, and neuron-splitting tests. It gives us a much needed period of relaxation before the process starts again. However, while relaxation is important, too much of it can sometimes leave us lethargic and unmotivated.

This makes it difficult for us to return to the high-pressure environment in college and our workplaces It is important that during the holidays, we remain active and connected to our studies in some way. There are a few ways to accomplish this:


Joseph Addison once said, “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” A great way to keep your mind sharp is to nourish it with reading. This will ensure that you are keeping your mind in an active state, which will make it easier for you to return to the swing of things when school reopens. Reading school-related texts will ensure that you are ahead in your courses and reading works of fiction will improve your vocabulary. With either option, your mind is kept engaged, preventing you from becoming mentally lazy.

Wake Up At A Reasonable Time

Waking up early is one of the hardest parts of being a college student. Therefore, during the holidays when we get the opportunity to sleep in, we take advantage of it wholeheartedly. However, doing this means that our bodies become accustomed to sleeping in and we often find it difficult to break this habit when we have to get back to our early-morning schedules. A good way to offset this is to get up at a reasonable time during the holiday season so that our bodies do not have a huge adjustment to make when we return.

Stay Active

It is easy to sleep away the time and catch up on some much-needed rest during the holidays. However, too much of one thing can be dangerous. Too much rest will leave you feeling sluggish and lazy and we all know that a lazy student is a failing student. Therefore, to prevent this sort of behavior from being transferred to your college life, you can do chores around your house to give you a continued sense of responsibility. You can also do some volunteering to give you a reason to leave your home and do something productive.

The holiday season is important. It gives us an opportunity to spend time with our loved ones, to unwind, and to relax.

However, if you are a college student, you have to be conscious of what you do so that your period of relaxation does not make it more difficult for you when you return to your studies. The key is to be moderate with everything you do to ensure that you do not have to make a huge adjustment or break any unhealthy habits when your classes resume. If you can accomplish this, then there is no reason why you should not productively enjoy your holidays!

Chevel Powell

Chevel Powell is an international student from Jamaica who currently studies at Dillard University. She intends to attend law school after completing her bachelors degree in Political Science. Her interests include; writing, reading, political analysis, volunteerism and taekwondo. She lives by the mantra "if it is to be, its up to me." She is commonly described as ambitious, assertive, goal oriented and altruistic.

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