Hi all and happy holidays! We’re here to suggest some FREE winter break activities to keep y’all entertained this winter (and beyond!). Note: we are not sponsored/compensated in any way — all of the following links are sources we actually use and recommend!
1. LEARN A LANGUAGE
I mentioned this in our Thanksgiving break post, but Duolingo is a fantastic resource if you wish to pick up a language in your spare time! They offer languages ranging from French to Turkish to Greek to Japanese to Klingon.
I strongly believe that anyone can learn how to draw. Today, there are countless resources online to help you get started, which is both wonderful and potentially overwhelming. This is a light hearted tutorial on how to draw anything. While drawing from life is always key, drawing from photographs is also fine. I sketched the above image of Eleven from Stranger Things and, because it was just a sketch, I didn’t worry about cleanliness or anything like that — I just threw some lines down! I personally find this liberating and recommend not worrying too much about whether any particular drawing is perfect.
3. LEARN HOW TO ANIMATE
4. LEARN HOW TO CODE
Codeacademy is a great resource for complete beginners! This is definitely on my own list of winter break activities to try. Especially in today’s world, knowing how to code is a huge advantage — plus, I’d like to understand some of the lingo or underlying mechanisms of the things I use everyday.
Here are some great, easy recipes we’ve personally tried and loved:
6. START A BULLET JOURNAL
You don’t need fancy pens or art supplies for this. Grab any old notebook (or even some looseleaf) and begin writing whatever helps you. You can choose to write a monthly list of goals or use weekly spreads — or both! Personally, I find it most helpful to keep a to do list and have it as a place to scribble down my doodles and thoughts.
I began using Headspace over this exam period, and I found it very helpful and convenient. The base app is completely free (and, again, we’re not getting paid or sponsored to say any of this) and offers guided meditations. I’ve only done the 3 minute ones so far, but I find even those 3 minutes make a huge difference. You don’t need any special equipment or preparation — just a phone and yourself. I’ve meditated exclusively in the library, so it’s definitely discrete 🙂
I’m sure there are other great apps out there as well — all that matters is that you take some time devoted solely to yourself and self awareness.
We hope you drew some inspiration from these winter break activities! Above all, do what makes you happiest.