It’s that time of the year again: spring break! For many, spring break is a time to relax, unwind and have fun. As someone who works for the Office of Wellness Promotion, I try to promote well-being for students across campus. Here are some tips for staying safe over the break!
Sunscreen: If you are going where the weather is warm, or if you will be outside, wearing sunscreen is a great way to stay protected. Sunscreen will help protect your skin from the sun’s powerful rays. Keep the number “15” in your mind: the FDA recommends applying sunscreen with at least an SPF 15, and applying it 15 minutes before you go outside. Don’t forget the tops of your feet!
Condoms: Speaking of protection, if you choose to be sexually active over break, condoms are the way to go. They can help prevent STDs and unwanted pregnancies. According to WebMD, condoms are 98% effective in preventing pregnancies and can be worn regardless of who you are having sex with.
Water: Regardless of alcohol consumption, you should still drink water regularly over break (and anytime). However, if you do choose to consume alcohol, balancing between water and alcohol can help you stay healthy and avoid a hangover. On this note — don’t accept drinks from strangers!
Sleep: We all know spring break is a time to relax. While on break, you may be tempted to stay up all night and spend time with friends. Spending time with friends is a great way to relax, but it’s important to remember your sleep schedule. If you feel like your current sleep schedule could use some work, try resetting it over break.
Exercise: In general, exercise can be a great way to stay healthy. Over break, remember to stay active to reap the benefits of exercise, like improving mental health. Don’t know where to start? Take a look at some beginner YouTube videos, get a workout app or even take a walk!
Have a Plan: Before going out, there are a few important things to remember: When going out at night, it’s always a good idea to go in a group. If you can’t go in a group, make sure someone you trust knows where you’re going or has your location, and let them know when you return home safely. Also, make sure your phone is charged in case you need to call for help or order an Uber.
Hotel Safety: When staying in a hotel, it’s important to always keep your door locked. This can help keep you safe while in the room, but also protect your belongings when you leave.
Nighttime Travel: If you travel at night, always be alert. If you notice something suspicious, report it and leave the area if you can. If you use Uber or another rideshare service, note the license plate and driver name and make sure it matches what the app says.
If you are feeling unsafe, please call 911 or your nearest public safety office. Stay safe and have fun, Rams!
Hally Everett is a fifth-year Media & Culture major with minors in Entrepreneurship and Health Sciences. HE885418@wcupa.edu