Time for a well-earned spring break

Whether you're traveling or staying put, make your well-being a priority.

 Quidditch practice at Hinkson Field
The Hinkson Outdoor Complex features approximately 40 acres of green space located just southwest of Mizzou Arena.

Spring break is just a few days away. This break is a good time to rest and refocus on your well-being. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Get restful sleep. Quality sleep improves your ability to pay attention, solve problems, remember, be creative and function at high levels. For better sleep try these suggestions:

  • As much as possible keep a consistent routine for going to bed and waking up.
  • Make your room as dark, quiet and cool (but not cold) as you can.
  • Avoid stimulants such as caffeine and nicotine for a few hours before bed.
  • Eat dinner early in the evening and enjoy a light snack later in the evening.
  • Do something relaxing for 20-30 minutes before bed.
  • Try out a sleep meditation video on YouTube or a phone app like Sanvello, which is free when you use your Mizzou e-mail.

Fuel your day. It can be hard to make healthy food choices when you’re under a lot of stress, but nutrition plays a vital role in your ability to function. Here are some good rules of thumb:

  • Eat a good breakfast each day.
  • Keep healthy snacks on hand.
  • Limit your intake of caffeine, sugar and alcohol.
  • Eat your vegetables and fruits.
  • Drink plenty water.

Manage your stress. We know you’re busy. Between school, work, activities and having a social life, it can be difficult to find time to take care of yourself. Try these tricks:

  • Keep a journal, doodle or meditate to clear your mind.
  • Take a break from the news. Focus on what is within your control.
  • Connect with nature. Sit in the sun. Go for a meandering walk.
  • Give yourself a healthy outlet. Develop a new skill. Explore a new hobby.
  • Surround yourself with supportive friends and mentors.
  • Be kind to yourself.

Stay active. MizzouRec will be open during spring break with adjusted hours. MizzouRec also has several outdoor facilities, including the MU Rec Trail and Hinkson Outdoor Complex.

Stay up to date with your vaccines. COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are free and easy to get. Call the Student Health Center at 573-882-7481 to get your shot.