Beating the Post-Winter-Break Blues

Having a month to reconnect with family and hometown friends during winter break can leave you pretty bummed once it's time to start school again. This is because as soon as you adjust to the idea of being home and it starts to feel like a much simpler time? time before you knew the horrors of professors, finals, and midterms?ou are ripped away to commence the spring semester. But there are some ways that can help you fight the post-winter blues once the Spring semester is in session. Continue reading below to find out how.

If you don't already have one, the first thing you should do is set up a Skype account so that you can video chat with friends and family back home. It's completely free to make video calls and send IMs. And what makes this software even better than a traditional phone call is that it's more interactive. This is because there are also features that allow you and your chat buddy to watch movies or play games together. So if you find yourself missing your mom's, grandma's, best friend's or significant other's face, log on Skype. Granted you'll need a webcam, but if you don't, they're relatively cheap. Most new laptops have them already installed as well.

If you do not have access to a webcam or you do not want your chat buddy to be able to actually see you (maybe you're having a bad hair day), you can always schedule "phone dates." These phone dates do not only have to be scheduled with your hometown boyfriend or girlfriend. You can schedule these dates with your mother, father, siblings or best friend. The concept is rather simple. Let's say that there is a special programming on television, like an important sports game or interesting movie. You and your chat buddy agree to watch the program at the same time while talking on the phone. This allows the both of you to make comments and discuss the programming in real-time. This will give you the sense that whoever you are talking to is sitting on the couch right next to you. It can be a very fulfilling bonding experience.

Lastly, if text messages don't seem to be doing the trick, you can always send snail mail. Your message might not get there as fast but there is almost something nostalgic about receiving a good old fashion letter. It's sure to put a smile on your face when you open up your mailbox, and we'll surely do the same to the person you deliver your letter to.

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