Self-Care During Spring Break

March 5, 2024

Spring break is almost here!! As we approach this much-needed break, take some time to think about the things that will help you feel rested and recovered before tackling the final half of the semester. Do you want to be active? Spend time doing hobbies that you haven’t gotten to do all semester? Or maybe simply veg out on the couch and watch some of your favorite shows? Whatever it is, taking time away from the classroom and books is incredibly valuable in giving your mind a break. Whether you’re staying local or traveling, we have something for everyone in this newsletter! Keep reading to learn about some of the fun local activities that you can explore during break, as well as a packing list if you’re planning to travel.

Ideas if you are staying local this break:

  • Explore nature: Take advantage of Chapel Hill's beautiful parks and trails. Spend a day hiking at the Carolina North Forest, exploring the Botanical Gardens, or picnicking at Umstead State Park.
  • Visit the Ackland Art Museum: Spend an afternoon exploring the Ackland Art Museum at Carolina. The museum is free and has a diverse collection of artwork that could inspire you to create your own art.
  • Attend a community event: Check out upcoming events in Chapel Hill, such as farmers' markets, live music performances, or art festivals. Engaging with the community can provide a sense of connection and belonging.
  • Be active: Grab a friend and explore all the sports that Carolina has to offer. You can check out equipment from Campus Rec and play soccer, ping pong, racquetball, tennis…you name it! There are also climbing walls and pools that are available to Carolina students.
  • Make time for your hobbies: Do something that you haven’t been able to do in a while. Whether it’s grabbing a book or painting, see if you can take your hobbies outdoors, like at the Coker Arboretum. That’s a great way to get some fresh air while doing something you love. If you’d prefer to do your hobbies indoors, try checking out Chapel Hill’s many cafes, such as Lanza’s Café, or Weaver Street Market.
  • Check out the Morehead Planetarium: How cool is it that we have a planetarium right here on Carolina’s campus? Stop by and check out one of their full-dome shows or explore their museum.

If you’re going out of town this spring break, check out this packing list to help you while you prepare for your trip:

  • Copies of your passport (if needed) and travel documents. We suggest one copy in each piece of luggage (in case a bag gets lost!), one copy with a trusted friend or family member at home, and the actual documents with you.
  • Prescription medications – the ones you regularly take (and enough of them to get you home) and any special prescriptions for your trip such as anti-malarials or meds to help with travel diarrhea (the #1 health issue for international travelers).  Bring your EpiPen if you have one prescribed to you!
  • Over-the-counter medications – ones you regularly use like supplements or asprin as well as those that might help if you become ill while traveling. Antidiarrheal medication is helpful since traveler’s diarrhea hits so many. Bring first aid items like bandages, antifungal and antibacterial creams, moleskin, a thermometer and hydrocortisone. Also think about what works for you if you get a cold, motion sickness, a headache, constipation, indigestion, etc. and bring those items as well.
  • Insect repellent containing DEET (30 – 50%)
  • Water-resistant sunscreen of 15 SPF or greater with both UVA and UVB protection, hat and sunglasses
  • Antibacterial wipes or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Health insurance card (consider supplemental travel insurance as many US health plans do not cover all of your needs while abroad).
  • Earplugs, travel pillow or other sleep aids
  • Water bottle – as well as purification tablets or system if you’ll be in the backcountry
  • Condoms – for you or to give away. You can get them for free at Campus Health Services.
  • Yummy and nutrient-packed snacks for the trip. Try for a mix of fat, protein and fiber!

No matter how you spend your spring break, prioritize your well-being and make the most of this break so that you can return rested and recharged for the end of the semester. Enjoy spring break - you’re almost there!

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