It is no secret that health contributes to academic success.  Yet, academic, work, social and personal demands can be overwhelming, undoing our efforts to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Spring Break provides an excellent opportunity to recommit to wellness through the following SMART actions. Create a SMART action plan for Spring Break, download the SMART Actions handout.

Social – Plan the best experience by being proactive

  • Get enthusiastic consent before each sexual act.
  • Use a condom or other barrier if you choose to have sex.
  • Use a designated driver if you choose to drink.
  • Be an active and effective bystander when something is not right.
  • Avoid drinking a lot of alcohol in a short amount of time.
  • Alternate between alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages if you choose to drink.
  • Do not feel pressured to go out if you do not want to or have a busy day ahead of you.
  • Learn more about sexual consent, healthy relationships and sexual health.
  • Learn more about alcohol and other drugs.

MEALS – Fuel your brain and rejuvenate your body

  • Drink plenty of water and other fluids.  Men should consume about 3 liters a day or more (13 cups), and women should consume 2.2 liters a day (9 cups). 
  • Eat a fruit or vegetable with every meal.  Choose produce from different color groups to get a variety of nutrients.
  • Choose whole grains for the majority of your bread, cereal and grain foods.
  • Support your nutrition needs by eating a variety of nutrient dense foods from all the food groups daily.
  • Schedule and plan regular meals and snacks about every 3-4 hours.
  • Take a daily multivitamin if needed.
  • Learn tips to improve your eating style.

ACTIVITIES – Enhance your strength, energy and vitality

  • Incorporate physical activity into your daily routine.
  • Multi-task during your workout:  enjoy a movie, music or book, keep up on Facebook and other activities.
  • Take active study breaks. Walk, dance, stretch, run. 
  • Be active in ways that you enjoy.
  • Buddy-up or go it alone—do what works best for you.
  • Mix it up!  Your best results come from incorporating a variety of activities including strength training, flexibility and cardiovascular exercise.
  • Learn ways to develop fitness and active living habits.  

REJUVENATE – Refresh and re-center your focus

TIME MANAGEMENT – Plan daily steps to reach life dreams

  • Determine how to spend your time based on your priorities.
  • Use your planner or calendar to set times for your daily/weekly activities.
  • Keep a manageable task (to-do) list.
  • Each morning review what you need to do to accomplish your goals.
  • Be realistic about what you can do within a given time.
  • Plan extra time in your schedule for the unexpected things that will likely happen.
  • Schedule time for fun, activity, meals, YOU!
  • Do tough tasks now.  It doesn’t get easier next week.
  • Learn tips for effective time management.