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December 17, 2021

For Carolina students who find themselves in the Chapel Hill area for some part or all of winter break, there is still plenty to do. It’s important to note that on-campus service hours may be limited, so check out this list of openings and services during the break.

If you are looking for some campus-sponsored fun over break, CUAB is hosting two virtual events, so students near and far can join! And don’t forget to check Heel Life as more events may be added.

UNC International Student and Scholar Services have a great list of resources and programs on their Winter Break page, including an eye-popping list of local seasonal events – from winter markets to Santa visits to cookie decorating.

Every year, the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau posts their 2021 Holiday Happenings in Orange County, NC, and this year the list includes a “winter wonderland with goats!”

For students looking for holiday religious services, check out this helpful guide to local houses of worship.  

Don’t forget to keep moving! Get your heart rate up by trying out the Carolina North Forest, or the Botanical Gardens near campus. Campus Rec has a number of virtual on-demand fitness classes, from pilates to dance, on their website.

This seasonal whirlwind can also bring up challenges such as stress, loneliness, anxiety and depression. With some slight shifts in your behavior, you may be able to minimize your stress, while creating a supportive environment that centers on wellbeing. Our UNC Healthy Heels blog shares two timely articles with tips that may help relieve some of that holiday stress:

  • Managing Wellbeing during the Holidays, written by Written by Assistant Director of Student Wellness Charla Blumell, with helpful info from the Mayo Clinic and the CDC, includes simple steps everyone can take to help promote self-care during the break.
  • Financial Wellness in the Holiday Season, offers practical tips to prioritize financial wellness, which involves setting and achieving both long and short-term personal financial goals.

Looking for Health Care or Mental Health Support?

CAPS 24-7:  Call 919-966-2281 (Campus Health line) or 919-966-3658 (direct CAPS number) to speak to a mental health professional.

While Campus Health is closed, students may access UNC Urgent Care located at 6013 Farrington Road.  Students may also call Campus Health at 919-966-2281 and be connected to a Health Link nurse to discuss their non-emergent health concerns with them.

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