Posts Tagged ‘boredom buster’



Spring Into Action With Some Fun Outdoor Activities


This year, March 20 marked the first day of spring! Most can agree that the change of season brings with it an even better change: warmer weather, more sunlight and blue skies. With the weather almost seeming to be at the perfect temperature, spring is a great time to become more active outdoors. Not only will outdoor activity provide you with the exercise necessary for good health, but the nice weather and bright sun will also work as a great mood-booster.

Here are some ideas of fun outdoor activities that will keep your spirits up while staying active:

-Do you live within a safe walking-distance from your school? Instead of hitching a ride home after the school day ends, ask a friend who lives nearby if they want to walk home instead. This will not only provide you with exercise but also some quality time to catch up and talk with your friend.

-Fan of the treadmill? Provide yourself with a change of scenery and go for a run around your neighborhood instead.

-Have a dog that you love? They need exercise too! Use the nice weather to get both of you active and take them for a walk or bring them to a local dog park to play with some friends.

-Join one of your school’s outdoor sports. Most schools offer a variety of spring sports including soccer, baseball and track and field. If joining the team isn’t possible, show your school spirit by attending a game or two and cheering on your team.

-Go to the park. Bring out your inner child and take advantage of all the fun stations that the park has to offer. Challenge a friend to see how high you can swing or who could make it all the way across the monkey bars.

-Go for a hike. There are several local state parks that have safe, closed off hiking trails for visitors to enjoy. While you’re there, check out the other outdoor activities the park has to offer such as kayaking, paddleboats and canoeing.

Getting outdoors is a free and fun way to keep you active and happy. Try some of these ideas or think up your own way to get out and enjoy these beautiful spring days.



Giving Back – Teens & Volunteering


Why volunteer? Maybe you’re already busy with after school activities or a part time job, or maybe you’ve got time to kill and want to try something new. You’ve probably heard teachers and other adults say volunteering looks good when you apply for college, or just that it’s something that everyone should do. Whatever the reason, it’s a great idea to take some time to volunteer in your community. Here’s why:

  • To Help Others – We’ve all had times in our lives when we needed a little extra help. What would you have done if there wasn’t anyone there to help you when you needed it? It feels good to know you are improving someone’s life, even just a little.
  • To Learn New Skills – Maybe you’ve always wanted to know more about cooking, or you’d like to try building something. Volunteering can give you a chance to learn all kinds of new skills that can help you as you get older and start looking for a job.
  • To Gain A New Perspective On Life – There are many different types of people and places out there in the world. Most teens and young adults haven’t had too much chance to meet people from different backgrounds and cultures, so volunteering is a great way to learn new things and see the world from someone else’s view.
  • To Meet New People And Have Fun – Yes, volunteering can be fun! Look for a project that matches your interests. Talk with the other volunteers and even mundane tasks can become fun. Volunteering is a chance to make new, lifelong friends.

No matter what your reasons, you can get a lot out of volunteering. You can learn about yourself, learn about others, and meet interesting people. You can help others as you help yourself.



Tips For Surviving Summer Vacation!


We love summer. Warm weather, sunny afternoons and long evenings spent outside grilling and having fun make summer of our favorite times of year. For teens, there is also summer vacation. Three whole months off from school can be awesome, but it can also be overwhelming. How do you make the most out of the time you have off so that you can relax, have fun, and maybe even learn something new?

It’s important to make sure you have a balance during the summer, so that you’re not bored, but you’re also not getting the chance to relax and spend time with family and friends. Here are a few of our tips on how to make this summer awesome:

  • Sleep in a little. It can be hard for teens to get up early during the school year, so take this chance to get a little more rest. Just don’t sleep the day away! Set your alarm so that you get up at a consistent time.
  • Get a part time job. Working, even just a couple of days a week, can get you out of the house and keep you from being bored. Plus you’ll earn some money. Maybe it’s time to start saving for holiday gifts!
  • Take on a project or two. Do you hate the color of your room? Save u some money to buy paint and give it a fresh coat! Want to eat healthier? Try growing your own veggie garden!
  • Exercise. nothing helps kick boredom like working up a sweat. You’ll feel better and have more energy for everything else you’re doing during the summer. Even riding your bike or taking a walk can help energize you.
  • Plan something fun! Why not plan a fun trip with your family, and another with your friends? Maybe you can all go camping, or have a family picnic. Ask your parents if you can help organize and plan a get together or vacation over the summer.

With a little bit of planning, you can have a summer vacation that’s fun and exciting. Enjoy the time off and try something new! What kind of plans do you have for your summer vacation?