VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Winter break is winding down and college students across the country are preparing to return to campus for the spring semester. As students head back to dorms and dorms, Cheryl Nelson, travel preparedness, lifestyle expert, laundry expert, and founder and owner of Prepare with Cher, offers her tips to help ensure they’re ready to settle back on campus. routines and make the most of the semester.
“Getting back into a routine after winter break can be difficult for many students after weeks off from school, lots of free time, and no full-time schedule,” says Nelson. “To help students start off on the right foot, I want to share ways to keep organization, health, and school a priority as they begin the Spring 2023 semester.”
Nelson recommends the following tips for coping with the upcoming semester:
Use a planner and always have it handy. One of my favorite tips for busy college students who fill their day with classes, the gym, and a social life is to keep a weekly planner. If a physical planner isn’t for you, I recommend using calendar reminders on your phone or laptop, or using a sticky note you carry in your backpack to cross off tasks that come up during the day. This method keeps you accountable and can be rewarding to show completed tasks.
Do not forget to have preparations to strengthen immunity at hand. After returning from winter break, it can be difficult for college students to adjust their bodies for the second semester and early classes. Make sure you have a medicine drawer in your dorm and keep it stocked with products that contain vitamin C and zinc, which quickly boost immunity. I like Zicam Daily Immune Support, a gummy supplement designed with zinc, vitamin D, and vitamin C to boost the immune system all at once. When cold symptoms slip through the cracks, I recommend Zicam RapidMelts to cut colds short at the first sign.
Follow a balanced diet and exercise. During winter break with plenty of free time, gym routines and diets can slip. Exercise can be done in many ways from catching the campus bus to walking to class to spending an hour several days a week at the campus recreation center. There are many tasty, engaging options when you’re in the cafeteria, but eating nutritious, vitamin-rich foods is key to staying healthy. I like foods rich in fiber, such as beans and broccoli, and those that contain vitamin C, such as oranges, strawberries, and bell peppers.
Separate loads of laundry and declare a laundry day. I know that when it comes to shared washers and dryers, it can be daunting to keep up with laundry and separate laundry. I think it’s important to separate things as much as possible even in college, so that the clothes stay light and the colors intact. Using laundry bags for delicates is a great way to prevent things from tearing or pilling. Since many students are hitting the gym and participating in intramural sports with friends at the beginning of the semester, I recommend using a laundry detergent like Arm & Hammer Plus OxiClean Odor Blasters to remove stains and easily combat any odors on wash day.