The air is slightly warmer. There are green buds on the trees and a fresh smell in the air. And youíre trapped in a science or history classroom literally twitching with anxiety to get outside and live and breathe spring. Spring fever is very real and it seems the less you see the sunshine during the summer months, the more anxious you become when it finally pops out for spring and you canít get to it often enough.
The only way to properly tame spring fever is to fill up enough on the good stuff when you can to last you though the times that you canít be outside breathing the perfect spring air and feeling the sun warm your winter-dried skin. Itís certain youíll be going to school and going to work, but what you do with your free time can make all the difference.
Eat Lunch (or Dinner or Breakfast) Outside
You might be confined to the grounds at school during lunchtime, but are you confined to the cafeteria? If you are, get as close to the windows as you can, but if not, grab your friends and those brown bags and head outside. Spending just twenty minutes in the sun and fresh air at lunchtime can give you the boost you need to get through the rest of the school day. If you can find a bench, grab it. If not, just sit on the sidewalk out of the way of the traffic and chat during your picnic. You might be surprised when others start to join you to get a bit of spring sunshine for themselves.
Take Up a Spring Sport
There are plenty of sports
that start up in earnest in the spring and you donít have to do your activities through school. Sign up for the local softball league and youíll have a legitimate excuse to be outside two or three afternoons a week and you might even get into better shape as well. If you do choose to try out for track with the school, youíll be outside every afternoon getting sunshine and getting healthy instead of sitting inside wishing you were out.
Plan a Weekend Trip
Why not gather up a few close friends and take a trip together? Youíll need permission or perhaps a parent tagging along, but a camping trip is very easy to pull together if nobody is afraid of roughing it for a few days. Everyone can head out of town after school on Friday and set up camp. Hike, explore and play all day Saturday and Sunday before heading back, tired, content and in love with the idea of nature. Going on a trip together is also one of the best ways to cement a bond of friendship, especially if everyone is trying to share the same tent and yíall havenít been that close before.