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Face February break boredom

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The stress of being bored
Photo credits: pixabay The stress of being bored

February break is coming up, and an entire week off of school always seems to be needed. That first weekend is pure bliss- you get to sleep in and do whatever you want, whenever you want. Even that Monday and Tuesday feel like you are getting spoiled by not having to be roaming the halls of NVD at 8 am.

But then Wednesday hits… your eyes are burning and straining from your hours of screen time, you have bed rot all day, you have not caught up on the work you said you would, and you have officially ruined your sleep schedule.

To avoid an unproductive, dull, and mind-numbing week-long break, there are many solutions to fill your time. If you do not have the luxury to go on a real vacation, then make an at-home vacation for yourself.

If you plan on not stepping foot outside of your house, you can start with cleansing your space. The break gives you practically unlimited time to start deep cleaning. Get rid of unwanted items and clothes, vacuum, wipe down

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surfaces, change your sheets, do your laundry, organize everything, etc. It is going to feel so refreshing once you get back into your school schedule and your room is nice and tidy- it’ll just be harder to keep it that way.

Also, you can teach yourself stuff. Hop on Duolingo and teach yourself a new language. Hop on YouTube and teach yourself how to play an instrument. You could run to Barnes and Noble and get on a reading grind or start a new TV show or movie marathon. Harry Potter and the Hunger Games series are good ones to start binging, if you haven’t seen them already. You could try being artistic and start drawing and painting if you feel the boredom approaching.

If you can be out and about, there are a ton of activities you have the time to try. Around Bergen County, there are a variety of places where you could experience so many fun activities to turn around your usual stale break. For example, if you are adventurous, go on a winter hike, go to Skyzone or different trampoline parks, go to High Exposure and rock climb, and ice skating at different spots. You could also try indoor mini golf, go to the mall (revamp your closet!), and go to a museum- maybe go to the MET and make a whole city day out of it. Also, you could visit friends and family you haven’t seen in a while, your extended family or

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grandparents that are probably missing you.

It is important to get creative in different ways, whether it be productive or fun or relaxing. It is probably a good idea if you don’t spend the whole time scrolling on your phone and making a dent in your mattress from laying in your bed for seven days straight. You do not want to come back to school the following Monday and regret how you let your precious time pass you by.

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Syrena Sayid, Staff Writer
Hi, I’m Syrena. I am a senior and this is my first year in journalism as a staff writer. I play volleyball and throw javelin at NVD. I am looking forward to writing for the news site and print this year!
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