5 tips for spending the holidays away from family
life • December 14, 2023
Even though it's the season to celebrate, international students may not get a chance to visit their loved ones during the Holidays.
Here are some suggestions to make your holidays in Canada enjoyable:
1. Practice self-care
The holidays are filled with emotions. Self-care is crucial when you are trying to cope with being away from loved ones. Effective self-care doesn't need a lot of effort. Below are some ideas that you could explore in your free time.
- Relax: take a bubble bath, meditate, or go for a walk
- Get a sweat on: try a sport, go to the gym, go on a run
- Treat yourself to some of your favourite foods
- Binge watch your favorite series
- Pick up a hobby
2. Make plans with other international students
Plenty of other students stay on campus or in the area during the Holidays. Offer to host a small get-together, go out to a restaurant, or organize other fun events with friends from either class or work. Celebrating with friends is a good diversion!
3. Connect with loved ones online
Make sure to connect with your loved ones. Try watching a movie or having a meal through a video call. You could even find a game to play together online.
4. Enjoy holiday meals
One of the wonderful things about studying in Canada is the diversity. Canadian cities have delicious cuisine from all around the world. You can try cooking something you've been craving from home. If you don't have the resources or skill, you can probably find your favorite dish at a restaurant nearby!
Looking for inspiration? Check out these traditional Canadian holiday recipes.
5. Connect with cultural groups in your community
There are ethnocultural groups across Canada that celebrate cultures from all over the world. These groups have regular gatherings and organize special events to celebrate cultural traditions . Joining an ethnocultural group is a great way to engage in your community and connect with new people. You can look for groups in your near you by:
- Asking at your local community centre
- Looking for social media groups
- Checking out clubs at your university or college
No matter where you are over the holidays, it’s important to remember that you aren’t alone. Many people experience the same thing, and loved ones are always just one tap away. By making the most of the opportunities around, you can turn the holiday season into an unforgettable chapter of your Canadian journey!
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