By Stephanie Barnes for HelloGiggles.com
It’s finally here! Spring Break – the most magical time of the year for students everywhere. It’s time to leave your books and the stresses of real life behind and head out to find your little piece of paradise. Sounds perfect, right? What could go wrong while laying out on the beach sipping pretty drinks with hundreds of other bikini and Speedo clad college students? Many spring breakers get so caught up in the excitement of getting away that they go a little overboard – ending up on a wild ride of debauchery. But with a little pre-party planning, you can have an amazing time without all the superfluous stuff.
Be a Better Beach Baby
First thing you’ll probably want to do is hit the beach. Sea, sun and sand. Don’t forget your sunblock as overexposure to the sun can be extremely taxing on your body.
The beach is also great for reading. Catch up on the latest gossip from your favorite magazine or dive into that novel you’ve been dying to get your hands on. Put your cellphone away and focus entirely on your present moment. Just enjoy the pleasure of being unplugged, because your mental health is as important as your physical health.
Zen Out While the Sun’s Out
While on the beach, you want to find that perfect balance between active and lazy. I know, I know, there is nothing more relaxing than the sound of the ocean waves, but let’s try not to spend all day dozing. Enjoy the barefoot freedom with some early morning yoga or even a short jog as the sun rises.
But if you’re anything like funny gal Mindy Kaling and you too feel that sunrises just aren’t worth the early wake up call…sunset yoga works just as well. When you’re done, grab a couple friends and toss a ball around, build a sand castle or even try body surfing. When you step out of your comfort zone and try new things, that’s when the magic happens.
Live It Up (a Little)
No spring break would be complete without the fabulous nightlife. Go out dancing with your girls, enjoy everything your piece of paradise has to offer, but be smart about it. With a drinking age of 18 (and lower, at times) in heavily touristed areas, it’s no secret the booze will be out in full force. If you’ll be drinking, drink in moderation and be sure to stay hydrated. Stay close to your friends and always assign a designated driver.
Enjoy the Local Eats
And finally, I know being on vacation makes it hard to eat healthy, but give it a try. Indulging is fine but again, enjoy your favorite foods in moderation. If you’re having dinner at a big local dive where gooey cheese and fried eats will be plentiful, make sure breakfast is filled with yogurt, granola, or fresh local fruits.
Having fun and creating great memories over spring break all comes down to being responsible, staying healthy and making smart decisions. Don’t forget: Moderation is key.