by Dr. Stacia' Alexander, LPC-S
The rigor of this semester is finally over, and now you are ready to unwind and relax for the holidays. And even though your family wants to spend time with you, and you want to spend time with them, a part of you still wants to reconnect with your friends from high school.
There are several ways to manage and maximize your time at home so you feel restored at the end of the holiday break. The last thing you want to do is run the entire time you are at home and lose all of the time you need to rest and recover in preparation for the next semester.
Here are a few suggestions for reconnecting with your friends over the winter break:
Plan a get-together or outing
Plan a get-together or outing, such as a holiday party or outing to a local attraction. This can be a fun and low-pressure way to catch up and reconnect with your friends.
Connect with individual friends
Reach out to your friends individually and invite them to spend time together one-on-one. This could be as simple as grabbing a coffee, going for a walk, or doing something more elaborate like taking a day trip or trying a new activity.
Use technology to stay in touch even if you can't be together in person. This could include regular video calls, group chats, or even checking in with each other via text or social media.
Try to be understanding and flexible if your friends are busy with their own holiday plans. It's natural for people's schedules to be hectic during the winter break, so try to be patient and find ways to connect that work for everyone.
Overall, the key to reconnecting with your friends over the winter break is to be proactive and make an effort to reach out and connect. Doing so can strengthen your friendships and make the most of your time at home.
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