Ah, Thanksgiving. Traditionally, it’s a time for us to gather together with family and friends and reflect on what’s important to us. And many of us receive a day or two off from work, which provides us with some extra time to rest, travel, or engage in recreation.

Over these days, you also may find yourself with a bit of extra time that you’d like to put to good use. Or, perhaps you’ll have some time on your hands in an airport or transit station, and you want to do something other than peruse magazines at the newsstand.

In today’s post, we’re sharing a few ways you can stay energized and engaged… even if you are sitting and waiting in an airport!


Three ways to stay energized and engaged while you’re on break

1. Reflect (with gratitude) on the past year… and plan ahead for next.
The Thanksgiving holiday provides an ideal time for us to think back on the past term. We can learn from our successes, as well as our struggles. Consider where you’ve seen progress, and start creating plans for carrying those strategies and activities into the next term. Also, think about the areas where you’d like to improve, and consider some practical steps you can take to revise, course-correct, or try alternate solutions.

For advice on using this time to its fullest effect, read our previous post by Bridgett McGowen-Hawkins on taking stock before you start your next term.

2. Find ways to boost your energy.
It might be tempting to stay sedentary… but, you may also feel better if you make the time to get out and get active. Stretch, take a walk (indoors, if need be), hit the gym… whatever helps you feel rejuvenated.

For additional tips on activities that can boost your energy, read our previous post on activities that can help you relieve stress.

3. Learn a new skill or gather some new insights.
Have you always wanted to take better photos or videos? Do you have a stack of books on your nightstand that you’ve been meaning to read for months now? Want to try your hand at a new tech tool? Take the first step! Devote a few hours this weekend to skill-building activities that will sharpen you personally or professionally.

If you’d like to use some of your time to learn something that you can bring back to your classroom, browse Cengage Learning’s archived webinars. You might also want to review the professional development opportunities from TeamUP, Cengage Learning’s peer-to-peer faculty development group.

However you choose to spend your time this weekend, we hope you find it enjoyable!


What are your suggestions for staying energized and engaged over the break? Share your suggestions in the comments.