Every student experiences end-of-school-year burnout. You lack motivation to complete any task, school-related or not. Every day seems longer and summer seems too far away. But, thinking about your summer plans, the end of the school year will feel more within reach. It’s never too early to start thinking about your summer plans, and these activities will give you the motivation to finish the school year strong while thinking about the long-awaited summer months.
1. Organize a picnic
We all know the summer activity par excellence: a picnic. And it’s considered one of the best summer-friendly activities for a reason. A picnic forces you to get out and spend some quality time with your loved ones. Enjoying delicious food and chatting with friends and family is the perfect activity for a relaxing day.
2. Plant a garden
An inexpensive and rewarding activity to start now and continue into the summer is planting your own garden. Growing your own vegetables like tomatoes, peppers and carrots will keep you busy all summer long. But, your hard work will pay off when you have an abundance of delicious, fresh produce to enjoy.
3. Camp in your backyard
Who said camping had to involve an outing in the great outdoors? You can camp in your own backyard with just a few materials. Set up a tent and make yourself comfortable with blankets and pillows before indulging in s’mores or even watching TV. No one will blame you if you end up going home late at night to sleep.
4. Be creative
There is no one less artistic than me. But, there’s something so fulfilling and gratifying about sitting calmly and focusing on a project for a long time. Perhaps painting outdoors sounds the most appealing to you. Or maybe just sketching in your bedroom is the best option for you. With countless creative activities you can easily participate in, there’s nothing stopping you from doing projects that push you to be a little more creative.
5. Spend more time in the kitchen
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Summer is great for so many reasons, from relaxing to having more free time to do the things you love the most. If you don’t consider yourself the best baker or cook, now is the time to start making your own delicious meals, snacks, and baked goods. Once you have more practice in the kitchen, you can even begin to prepare enjoyable food and treats for neighbors, family members and friends.
6. Read all the books on your nightstand
We all have a stack of books on our bedside tables that we’ve been dithering over. Summer is the time to start and finish all the books you want to read but never have time for. Although I’m not the biggest reader, I find setting a goal for the number of books you want to read to be a great motivator.
7. Find a sport to play
Regardless of your past experience in athletics, with more free time, making time for exercise and prioritizing your physical health is the perfect fun and time-consuming activity every teen needs to try their luck. Swimming, water polo, soccer, and more are all examples of sports you can hang out in.
With summer fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about what activities you want to spend time on. Whether you want to spend a lot of time outdoors or read in your bedroom, start planning your summer now. Whatever activities you decide to participate in, make sure they keep you satisfied and allow you to make the most of the time you have.