8 Ways to Keep Up Your Momentum over the Holidays

By: Rachel Handel

December 18, 2015

When we’re in school, winter break can serve as precious downtime. After crushing our final exams and projects, all we want to do is veg out, eat holiday cookies, and binge watch Netflix. This all sounds great until the next semester comes around and we’re still in chill mode. For most of us, those few weeks off make it a little difficult to get back in the groove of the new semester. Our guide will provide a few tips that will help you keep your momentum up just enough to ease the transition once classes start again. That way, you can get some well-deserved time off and still maintain your status as Creative Warrior!

1. Finish a creative side-project

Fortunately, if you go to an Art Institutes school, you’re probably already working on projects you love. Though sometimes you can be so focused on your area of study that you rarely have time to work on other hobbies. Winter break offers the perfect amount of time to build a table, make jewelry, or work on your car. So put on some music and keep doing the things you love! Pro-tip: you can technically binge-watch Netflix while you do some of these things. We won’t tell anyone.

2. Teach yourself or a friend how to do something new

Okay, so this is similar to taking up an easy side-project, but if you don’t have any hobbies already, now is the perfect time to learn one. YouTube is full of tutorials for almost anything you can imagine. Here is a video on how to knit an easy infinity scarf. This guy teaches us how to create a mold for homemade candles. On the other hand, if you already know how to do cool things like this, why not make your own video and spread the love?

3. Read a good book

This is a great way to let your body recover over break while you keep your mind active. Try to find a book that is relaxing to read, such as a work of fiction. For something a little more challenging, try reading about a period in history or a work by a philosopher. When you want to read something relevant to your major, pick up a biography of someone who inspires you. If you’re in fashion design, read about Coco Chanel. If you are in culinary, read about Julia Child. The possibilities are endless!

4. Sign up for a workshop

Workshops provide the opportunity to learn something new and cool without the commitment. They are usually only one session, last only a few hours, and all materials are provided. Love sushi? Find a workshop that teaches you the essentials of making sushi. Want to make something with your own hands? Get a little messy in a pottery workshop! The Art Institute’s offer GET Creative courses with plenty of these types of classes year-round in select cities, or you can look at other local programs in your area.

5. Go to an event

Try to get out of the house to do something memorable. With the holidays in full swing, there’s bound to be plenty of activities such as ice skating, holiday shopping, crafts festivals, ballets, concerts, and movies. Many areas have holiday light shows that you can drive through. There are often concerts and events for New Year’s Eve celebrations.

6. Go to a botanical garden, aviary, or butterfly center

Is the weather getting you down? This is an amazing way to stay warm while still connecting with nature in the winter. Walk through rooms full of exotic plants, let butterflies kiss your nose, or hear birds sing like its springtime. This is a fantastic way to spend time with family and friends any day of the week and is sure to inspire.

7. Do yoga

Working out sounds pretty ambitious during this time of the year, but yoga is a little different. It’s still a workout that can be challenging if you want it to be, but it can also be calm and healing. Yoga is a great way to de-stress and re-charge before the next semester while still getting your blood pumping. And don’t worry: the idea that you have to be a flexible little pretzel is a myth. Yoga is suitable for all ages, body-types and fitness levels. You can also do it anywhere without having to buy fancy equipment. Classes are a great way to start, but if you don’t want to fork out the cash, there are plenty of teachers on YouTube that will teach you everything from the foundations of yoga to the hard stuff. Yoga with Adrienne offers weekly full-length yoga sessions online.

8. Stay connected with The Art Institutes

Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep up with the action while you’re resting. The Art Institutes will keep you posted on the latest news while you chill out. We’ll be here to welcome you when you’re ready to get back to doing what you love!

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By: Rachel Handel

December 18, 2015

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