Well folks, here we are at the end of February and we are merely days, inches, a single page turn in our planners from Spring Break. If you’re anything like me, you’ve been plowing ahead at full speed for coming up on eight weeks now, living a coffee-drenched existence in some corner of Carrier and wondering what it feels like not to have to prop your eyelids open with your actual fingers. You’ve written papers, peer reviewed essays, maybe even gagged your way through the dreaded group project. You’re losing steam. You need a break. But you have five whole days of class left. You can’t breathe. You’re spiraling. Oh my God WHAT IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT?
That’s right, hear me out – Pause.
Given the opportunity to dream up my own holiday, I’m throwing up a white flag and calling for Pause Day. You can use it whenever you want. Maybe you’ve gone three straight weeks without a day off work and you can’t fathom the idea of putting on real pants. Take a Pause Day. Maybe the Great Unknown waving at you from the other side of graduation has you in serious need of good old hug from Mom. Gas up the car and take a Pause Day. Got a paper, two tests, and a project due all on the same day? Sorry Teach, it’s Pause Day. You get one a year, and you can use it whenever you want. A government-protected “Get Out of Jail Free” card, so to speak. National Pause Day.
Maybe you aren’t even stressing. Maybe you’ve got your life under control, you’ve got a good rhythm down, and you’re the sort of person who gets up and makes yourself a pancake breakfast every morning. Then you might just want to use your Pause Day to shake things up. Put your routine on hold and go for a hike. Ride a rollercoaster. Drive all the way to the beach and get yourself a drink with a little umbrella in it. You deserve it. You go.
But if you’re feeling like I am, you probably want to take your Pause Day in the form of an adult-sized onesie, a Pizza Hut Big Dinner Box, and a good excuse to start How I Met Your Mother over for the…fourth time? I want a Pause Day full of time to play an instrument that isn’t for class, or read a book no one is going to quiz me on. Heck, I would just use it to catch up on my homework.
That’s the best part – you can make of it whatever you want. Celebrate it together. Celebrate it alone. Celebrate it awake, alive, asleep – it’s up to you. Use it to take care of your body. Use it to take care of your soul. Take a deep breath and push pause.
Need a real pause in your chaos? In lieu of this holiday actually existing, try out some of these things to bring down your stress level between now and your next day off:
- Take five minutes to yourself. Put your phone down and sip your coffee really slow.
- Buy yourself an adult coloring book and some colored pencils! Coloring isn’t just for kids anymore, and it’s a great way to refocus your energy. * Check out the Meditation Room, Tea Time, or one of the many mindfulness workshops offered in Madison Union! There are plenty of ways to relax right here on campus!