6 Ways to Survive Thanksgiving Break Without Your Friends
Thanksgiving break starts tomorrow, and we’re all excited. The only catch is you and your friends will have to part ways for almost an entire week.
The break wouldn’t seem long if everyone stayed on campus and were still two minutes away. Sadly, this isn’t the case.
A lot of us will be miles and miles away from some of our favorite people. The first day may seem like sunshine and rainbows, but the second and third are when the feelings of loss really start to set in. So here are six ways to survive Thanksgiving without your friends.
Yes, Netflix is the go-to app that can lead to anyone’s demise. Usually, we’re guilty of holding an impromptu marathon of an entire season of “The Flash,” “The Walking Dead,” “Arrow” or “Narcos” instead of studying for that test we have tomorrow morning.
It’s easy to get sucked into the abyss of a good series on Netflix. One episode leads to another and before you know it, you’re wrapped up in a blanket, all the lights are off, you’re 10 inches away from the screen and not exactly sure when you last ate or went outside your room.
Thanksgiving break is the perfect time to indulge in this activity without feeling bad about doing it and it will ease the pain of absent friends.
2. Find a New Hobby
A new hobby can easily lead to complete obsession, making it easy to forget about the rest of your worries, namely being away from your friends.
You could learn how to juggle, with all the different variations. Then, when the next week comes around, you’ll have a cool new trick to show off to your friends.
Find something that you haven’t been able to pursue but want to dive into. It doesn’t have to be juggling or something to show to your friends. Just enjoy what you’re learning and doing. The time will fly by.
3. Become a Foodie
Well, it is Thanksgiving. No better time to do this than now.
This isn’t a real breakup, after all, but the time apart from friends will surely make you realize how important they are to your life. These types of feelings can be eased with heavy amounts of Blue Bell ice cream and chocolate bars.
If that’s not your forté, surely the dinner table loaded with copious amounts of food will make you feel better. Try that one aunt’s dish that everyone avoids like the plague. Explore the world of … food.
4. Go Outside
Our generation and the generations following are notorious for spending hours upon hours inside doing next to nothing (see Netflix). Ask yourself, when was the last time you went outside just to be outside? The thought might surprise you.
Weather around this time of the year can be amazing. At least, it is if you’re in Texas. Farther up north, that’s definitely not the case. So, take advantage and discover the world around you.
Take pictures of the things you see or write about them. Later you can show your friends what you saw or wrote about once the break is over.
5. Take Your Friends With You
No, don’t stuff your friends in a bag and toss them in the trunk of your car. Things like that are frowned upon in our society. However, you can invite them to your home for the holiday.
It’s much more common than you might think. I’ve done it before and had a blast. Think eighth-grade sleepovers, but with everything you couldn’t do because you were a kid. Mix in some weird family members and actually having a little money and you’ll surely have a memorable holiday.
You could also go to their home. It’s surprisingly odd how much you can enjoy someone else’s family and friends who you hardly know.
Remember how your friend’s parents were always super nice to you as a kid? It’s the same case in college. They’ll spoil you rotten, and you might end up not wanting to leave. Caution though, your friend might get jealous if their parents want to adopt you.
6. Contact Them
This may seem like the most obvious, but liking pictures on Facebook or Instagram isn’t the same as calling your friends on the phone and having a conversation. Even texting is better than social media, but calls are best.
If you’re feeling lonely, chances are the feelings are mutual. Personally contacting your friends without social media says, “Hey, I miss your face.”
Reading this, you may feel like they’re your significant other, but a friendship is still a relationship. That’s just how they work. Give them a call or text and see what they’re up to. It could be the highlight of their day.