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College Beat: The Importance of Planning Rest and Vacation Time for Spring Break
Written by Christi Given | March 17, 2016
Most students are planning for midterms, exams and projects, and some are also planning a vacation for spring break. I want to say that relaxing and rejuvenating once in a while with a vacation or getaway is just as important as working hard (Psalm 23:3). We must refresh and refuel our souls and recharge our minds during the slower seasons so we can really pour out and be efficient in our work (Psalm 23).
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. (Psalm 23:3)
Some people may not go on spring break trips with their family or friends, but regardless of whether you’re able to go on an actual trip, try to plan some relaxing things to do while you have a weeklong break. Prior to spring break there are typically midterms and it’s crunch time with exams and projects. There is usually a high level of stress prior to your set school vacation time, so make sure to take advantage of this down time given to you before the school year wraps up and you’re either on your way to summer break and/or off to college or graduation.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. (Psalm 51:12)
Recently, I have learned the importance of restoring your soul by reading the living Word and refreshing yourself with the Bible and just drinking the living water. The Bible is called supernatural food (the bread of life and living water), and we must feed on the truth if we want to be nourished spiritually. For our health in the physical and the natural, we are to learn to exercise, eat healthy and also to rest. If we don’t sleep or eat well, then we can become fatigued or sick. We need to take rest seriously and really take some alone time with Jesus so we can be filled up (Psalm 37:3). If we are not filled up, we cannot pour out. I am not condoning laziness and I am not recommending sleeping all the time, but what I am simply saying is that we must learn to take a sabbath, to replenish our spirits and our minds with the Word of the Lord, and we must also take care of our bodies.
…but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life. (John 4:14)
For those of you who want to either go on a vacation or to have some ideas for how to relax at home for free, keep reading.
So for those who want to go with family on vacation (not a wild spring break, of course with friends), make sure to talk about spring break AHEAD of time with your parents. A good time to possibly talk with your parents and family is at the dinner table, or ask them when it would be a good time. Another thing is to pray that God enables or allows you to go on vacation, as family time is vital and is healthy for relationships. Make sure to save your money ahead of time if money is a factor—that way you have something to look forward to—and also make sure to not get too upset if your family is on a budget! There are still nice and relaxing things you can do from home.
Ideas for How to Plan a Trip With Your Family
1. Discuss it with your parents ahead of time: Talk to your parents, let them decide on the location and be open if they say no.
2. Pray: Ask God to allow it to happen. Even though you may be on a budget, sometimes God can do miracles or you can do a day trip that doesn’t cost a lot of money!
3. Save: You may want to go on a trip with your friend(s). Then you need to save, arrange the location (of course with a parent’s permission) and also write it out prior.
4. Plan in advance: Vacations and traveling take some time and planning, especially if you have to book a flight, so make sure you think ahead, not the night before spring break, amen PI Girls?
5. Talk with a travel agent: If you are over 18 and able, talk to a travel agent to help you budget and find the perfect place to stay, or have your parents deal with an agent.
If you’re staying home for the holiday and for spring break, but want to be creative and enjoy the luxuries of a vacation, then plan out some ideas ahead of time and arrange it with your friends and family. Some ideas are below.
Budget-Friendly Ideas for an At-Home Spring Break
1. Facials at home with Mom, relatives and friends: Invite some friends over and make a honey-avocado mask. You can have a DIY day and the best part is you can make it straight from your kitchen! (Avocado-honey masks are super healthy for your skin!) Click here to learn about how to make it from the Every Day Girl Blog.
2. Nail and foot wash day: You can invite some friends over and get some foot-washing bins or use buckets to do some pedicures, and do some nail painting to relax and freshen up your look!
3. Bake: You can be thoughtful and bake for a neighbor or friend whom you know isn’t going on vacation. Baking can be very relaxing and also quite enjoyable! Have some fun!
4. Hiking: You can go for a hike with a group of friends (make sure you are over 18, or approve with your parents prior); also try to avoid night hiking unless you have a parent or guardian with you. A day hike is a beautiful way to experience nature and your days off from school, and it’s free! Also, you can snap some great pics!
5. Learn a skill: Maybe you want to learn something new, have that book you’ve been wanting to read or want to pick up an instrument? Break times are nice to lie low, but for those of you who have lots of energy like me, you may want to challenge yourself and use the time to gain a skill or talent.
PI Girls, do you have any fun vacations planned for this year? Comment below!
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