“There’s a hundred and four days of summer vacation and school comes along just to end it but then annual problem of our generation is finding a good way to spend it” Phineas and Ferb have got it right—summer can get a little, or maybe even a lot, boring after the first couple of weeks. Sure, you love having nothing to do for those first few weeks, especially after a busy semester. But it gets old, fast!
You don’t have to sit by and let summer pass you by idly, though (unless that’s your thing and, if so, go for it!). You also don’t have to spend loads of money or jump out of your comfort zone. Check out the following tips for breaking up the summer boredom.
Go to the library
If you don’t already have a card for your local library, you need to get one! Seriously, libraries are so cool. I was really close to my school librarians in high school, but had never really been to the local library. Flash forward three years, and now I go once a week. You can find movies, computers, music, magazine, and, of course, books, all for free. Libraries are full of fun activities and the perfect place to lose yourself for a couple of hours.
Host a Netflix viewing party
Netflix is a great resource, let’s be real. But it can get boring and lonely when you are the only one watching. Invite a few friends over for a viewing party and enjoy movies and television the way they are meant to be—with others. It’s so much more fun to watch a show with friends and seeing their reactions than just viewing it all for yourself. It’s a nice break from the normal, solo binge-watching.
Walk around the mall
Use caution with this one; you don’t want to end up spending all your money! Walking around the mall, especially an outdoor one, can be a great form of exercise. Take a couple laps around the perimeter, then hit up the shops for some window-shopping. It’s also a great place to people watch.
Hit up downtown
Check out the local downtown in your area. Many cities have historic downtowns that hold special activities all throughout the summer, including free outdoor concerts. See what your town is up to and grab a few friends to get involved together. Or grab a coffee (it’s basically a law that all downtown areas have to have a cute, little coffee shop) and people watch some more.
Take a walk! Read a book in the park! Go swimming! Getting outside and enjoying nature is scientifically proven to be a mood-booster. Just be careful, though, and remember to wear sunscreen. You can also get some great people watching in while outside. Can you tell I like to people watch? People are just so fascinating!
Write, play, read, practice
Do what you love! Now is the time to really put aside everything else and focus on you. So write that book you’ve had in your head the last year or practice that instrument you’ve been meaning to for months. You won’t always have more time in the summer, so take advantage of it while you still can!
Summer is a blessed time when school and work slow and you have time to actually breathe. Sometimes, though, you can have too much time. Make sure you keep yourself entertained and keep the summer boredom blues away!
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