Hit the Beach, not the BOREDwalk

Now that Spring break is in full swing for most students and summer is quickly approaching, I think it is time to address one of the most severe first world problems known to man: BOREDOM.

This ailment is hardly ever expected within the first couple days of freedom, but if you are anything like me, after a while you start to feel like the days have been wasted. f you are really at your wit’s end, here are some tips that will help you escape the insanity:

1. Exercise. I’ve always said that I don’t have enough time for it, but now I have all the time in the world. It has been proven that when you exercise, you release the same type of hormones that you emit when you are in love. After you work out, you should feel accomplished and pleased with yourself. I often feel very motivated afterwards, especially if I exercised outside. Don’t limit exercise to running or lifting though. There are all sorts of fun, cheap activities you can do. Kick a soccer ball around, shoot some hoops, climb a tree, invite some friends over for a hilarious Richard Simmons dance workout, parkour around town, practice awesome karate kicks and jumps, hop on a trampoline, climb on your house, rollerblade, learn yoga from youtube, have a dance party (or dance by yourself – less embarrassment and you can learn new moves), ride your bike, play ultimate frisbee or capture the flag, play volleyball, have a water fight (or a snowball fight if the weather is adverse), walk your dog, or even try some zumba.

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2. Go outside. Nature really does have a positive effect on your emotions and your health. Just sitting outside for a while, resting in the sun with your eyes closed and feeling the breeze brush your face will put you at ease. I would suggest hammocking, it is really relaxing.

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3. Learn a new craft. Now that you have all this time, you have the opportunity to learn the things that you have always thought about. This includes friendship bracelet making, painting, any sort of sport or trick, designing products or buildings, woodworking or metalworking, fixing up cars, mixing music, blogging, learning a new language, surviving in the wilderness, learning CPR, driving a stick shift, reading, gardening, writing poetry, photography, scrap-booking, sewing, cooking, sculpting, juggling, break dancing, magic tricks, knife-throwing, learning an instrument, parkour, back-flipping,  lock-picking, chess, filming, martial arts, ” nun-chuck skills, bowhunting skills, computer hacking skills…”

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4. Hang out with friends. Invite them over for a movie or for a game of ultimate. I really enjoy thrift-store shopping with my friends – we never fail to find ridiculous things that usually lead to inside jokes. Another cheap activity I like to do is going hiking. If you live remotely near the mountains or some form of trail or woodland, I highly suggest going with a friend and making some good memories. I also like to have slumber parties (with dancing of course), invite my friends over to play “body body” near nighttime (directions here), attend concerts, and host “bring your favorite dish” dinner parties that typically accompany a basketball or football game. I would also suggest traveling with friends (ahem, road trip!)

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5. Volunteer. Contrary to sitting around all day, volunteering feels really gratifying at the end of the day. Grab a friend or go by yourself and go help out your neighbor or a local organization. I would suggest Habitat for Humanity, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, dog kennels, visiting retirement homes, or any other community organization. Click Here to connect with an organization that suits you.

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6. Have fun! Remember all the things you found entertaining when you were procrastinating? Whatever you enjoy most, do that instead of sitting around. Go do the things you love while you are still able! Have some fun, make some memories, and live your life to the fullest. I can’t believe I am saying this, but YOLO.

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Have an eventful and joyous day!

-Jordan

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