Ah, my favourite American tradition: Spring Break. That glorious hiatus from studies, and for some, the rainy weather. If you’re feeling down because you aren’t among the bikini clad partiers being whisked off to Cancun this year, pout no more. You can have a fantabulous time without the tan.
1. Appreciate Every Second
If you wake up at noon everyday and fall asleep on the couch watching Criminal Minds every night, time is going to pass pretty quickly. And uneventfully. Live in the moment! The chant of ‘Spring Break, Spring Break’ should be coursing through your veins, and you should in turn be doing something about it! Instead of treating it as a long weekend, remind yourself it’s a vacation – even if you are at home.
2. Think About Your Theme
Close your eyes and think about your ‘I can do anything for a week’ fantasy. Is it surfing in Malibu; partying with your friends non-stop; eating ice cream all day every day (highly recommended)? Think about where you live, who you want to spend time with, and what excites you. What makes you happy? Maybe you’re not so fast paced – make a plan to pamper yourself. Have some alone time. Go to a cafe and read, do the crossword in the morning, take many, many bubble baths. Recipe here! Make a list. You do you. And if you’re stuck at home in winter’s leftover slush, pining for that beach and sandy surf, embody it! Start planning that trip yourself (even if it’s just fantasy), wear your brightest colours, paint your nails turquoise, listen to some beachy music and have chill times around a campfire with friends (or other miscellaneous indoor centerpiece – a la That 70s Show). Don’t give in to the humdrum of a wasted week, make your own adventure. Have fun!
3. Remain Productive
Homework? Hell no. Glitterizing a journal? Yes please! A great way to feel like your time is not wasted is to be productive. Indulge in all the private passions you otherwise wouldn’t have time for. And that includes the aforementioned fantasy trip planning. Whenever Sergey and I feel down we hop on the laptop and continue delving into our dream vacation to Prague. Even just going to a movie you’ve been dying to see can feel productive – anything that you would consider time well spent. Wether you’re a writer, painter, baker, gamer, or lover *wink wink* make your break invigorating by pursuing and improving what you love.
4. Beat the Blues
You know what sucks about Spring Break? Going back to school. All those classmates that spent the week getting their hair braided in Barbados are going to feel like fish out of water when they’re back in those same desks, familiarly chewing on the back of a pen. But not you. You’ve taken that break and used it to energize you right through to the end of the year. You’ve had time to recuperate and now you’re going to give it your all; sprint the last mile. If school’s been a total drag recently, set aside half a day (not much) and go over why. Utilize that big, beautiful brain of yours and come up with a plan to put you back on your game when that ominous Monday rolls around. Get psyched. You’re gonna power through the semester, kick school’s ass, and then it’s home free, baby!
Ever heard of a daycation? Now you have. Pack a bag for a day, wear something fabulous, grab some buddies or go it alone. Andie’s best daycation ideas:
❤ Road trip! Cruise until the sun sets, then start heading back. A day and night adventure, best with friends, good tunes, and wacky rest stops.
❤ Downtown wandering. Explore your city's thrift stores, parks, bookstores, main streets and eateries. Find somewhere new! And pack a pair of heels. Cause you'll be hitting up the funkiest bar that catches your eye as soon as they start serving. If you're underage where you live, put your heels on anyway.
❤ Bed and Breakfast. That is, your bed. With your significant other. All day long. Get creative! Learn even more about each other. Cuddle for twelve hours. Have fun with it.
What are your Spring Break plans?