As the semester and year rapidly come to an end, we are all looking forward to taking a break.
Intuitively we know we need it. 2021 was an intense year for all of us. The extended pandemic
has forced us to re-invent how we manage every aspect of our lives. We’ve changed it all from
haircuts and manicures, to remote study and work, to how we connect with those we love. Two
years ago, who would have imagined that facemasks would be added to our list of essentials
along with our keys and cellphones before we leave our homes. The volume and constancy of
change are exhausting whether we love or loath them. So, for the sake of your physical and
mental health, just do it. The Four ACE Pillars are not just tools for academic success but can
help you here too.
Using skills within the Self-Manage Pillar, prioritize time to relax and re-energize. Hold
yourself accountable by scheduling the time in your calendar with other important things. You
can also identify people who share the same goals for self-care and with whom you could enjoy
Then just do it. Focus on following-through under the Self-Direct Pillar. Free yourself from
external stimuli that could keep you from taking care of yourself.
If you miss a planned relaxation activity, don’t give up. Instead, under the Self-Correct Pillar,
identify what got you off track and plan how you will eliminate it in the future.
You may be pulled in many different directions during the holidays, which could be even more
exhausting. Using skills within the Self-Advocate Pillar, clearly and compassionately
communicate what you need so that this winter break is genuinely a restorative one.
The bottom line is to take a break. Do what you enjoy with the people who support you so that
you emerge from winter break re-energized, resilient, and ready to learn and create a wonderful
life in the tumultuous times we are living in. Check out one or more of the links below to learn
more about the importance of taking a break and ways to do it.