Tips to survive the summer

Looking for tips to help you adjust to the Summer Holiday from college:

  • Keep in contact with your friends, arrange meet ups, it helps when you are low on funds to have friends across the country that you can visit.
  • Be prepared for “boredom” – it can be difficult to adjust from intense workload to an abundance of free time.  Plan something to look forward to everyday or work on a project to keep yourself busy.
  • Work on your relationship with your family – the excitement of getting home to your own bed can be great at first but sharing you space with family can be taken for granted – pick a few things you know you like to do together and focus on the positive. 
  • Get back into a sport or hobby.  Having your own hobbies gives you space to enjoy your time off.
  • Have a pyjama day on a day with heavy rainfall – you might even be glad to see the rain to have the excuse to chill and relax.
  • Meet the advice you get from parents with curiosity, acknowledge what’s being said and take from it what you can.
  • Dust off the CV and get advice on how to update your CV if you want to get a job, it might be useful to ask around there might be odd jobs that help fund a wardrobe boost or a weekend away.
  • Be psychic - get a few jobs done around the house before your family ask, it will reduce any tension building about chores.
  • Enjoy the simple pleasures. Grab a notepad and list all the things you were keen to do instead of studying during the exams and go for it.
  • De-clutter all the chaos from college clothes and notes.  You’ll feel more relaxed and have things in order for when you need them.
  • Go easy on your phone – make of list things you actually want to look up and limit your gaze into unnecessary streamed information.
  • Cook – learn a few new dishes and invite a few friends over if you can.  Or keep a note of the dishes that went down well and gather your college mates around when you all get back to college.
  • Offer to do the shopping – it’s an opportunity to managing your own frugal senses and get out of the house for a bit.
  • Remind people of where you are – it can be a shock to the system to have to explain yourself to parents again but often it’s just common sense to say where you are going and when you might be back.
  • Get your sleep on track – if you were busy before leaving college with study or nights out, no routine – try to get your 8 hours sleep (at night!).
  • Do organise events in your diary - free or low cost to get a buzz going with your mates and have things to look forward to.  Dublin Free Events: http://www.dublineventguide.com/
    https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/50-things-to-do-in-ireland-this-summer-1.2668892
    https://www.ireland.com/en-us/articles/thirty-free-things-to-do-in-ireland/

Best wishes,

The Counselling Service