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Spring Break Safety and Self-Care

During break, make sure you take time to take care of your mental health, take steps to ensure you travel safely and make the best choices for your physical health.

  • Your Mental Health

    Mental health breaks look different for everyone. Find something that works for you, and add some time in your days off to practice these breaks and recharge:

    • Spend time outdoors.
    • Unplug and take a break from technology.
    • Set boundaries for yourself to make your mental health a priority.
    • Find a morning or nighttime routine that feels good.
    • Catch up on sleep.
    • Spend time with or call family and friends you haven’t seen in awhile.
  • Your Physical Health
    • Protect your skin – use sunscreen and wear a hat and sunglasses.
    • Use bug spray.
    • Stay hydrated and eat healthy – remember to fuel your body with nutritious, filling meals.
    • Exercise – go for a run on the beach, visit the hotel gym, go for a swim.
    • Relax – remember, Spring Break should be a time to unwind and refocus.
  • Travel Safety

    Keep these travel tips in mind to ensure you and your friends stay safe:

    • Travel with a buddy, whenever possible.
    • Have a plan to get to and from your destination before you leave.
    • Share your location with trusted family or friends.
    • If flying, keep important documents, cards and IDs with you at all times.
  • Alcohol Safety

    If you are of legal drinking age and you choose to drink:

    • Watch your drink being poured and never leave your drink unattended.
    • Choose a designated driver or plan for safe transportation home.
    • Alternate drinks with water.
    • Pace drinks to one or fewer an hour.
    • Know the signs of alcohol poisoning.
    • Step up and intervene if someone is in trouble.
    • Stay with friends, and learn a buddy's phone number in case you can’t access your phone.

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  • Intervene to Help Friends in Trouble

    If you see something, do something.

    When a threat may be present, active bystanders should intervene if a person is in need of medical assistance, mental health crisis help or any other form of assistance.

    Here are some tips for intervening to help friends in trouble:

    • Traveling with friends can be a lot of fun. Make an agreement to look out for each other throughout the trip and step in to help.
    • If you go out with your friends, go home with your friends. Be ready to step up if you are worried about a friend who leaves with someone they don’t know. Create a distraction, or simply say that it’s time for your group of friends to go home.
    • Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
    • Alcohol poisoning is a medical emergency. Knowing the warning signs and intervening if a friend is in danger could save a life.
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