What to do if you’re bored during the summer

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It’s the second week of summer and you’re starting to (sort of) miss a little bit of the chaos of college life. While your fellow Bears are already traveling abroad or starting their internships, some of you may be waiting for your next adventure to begin. So what should you do in the meantime? Well, don’t forget that you totally deserve this relaxation period and should utilize it to the fullest. Thankfully, we at the Clog are here to save the day yet again with some tips as to how to best utilize your extra time.

Enjoy some quality music
It’s hard to stay on top of the new tunes during the school year, so now is the time to put in your headphones or charge your Bluetooth speaker that caught dust over the school year. Sign up for Spotify Premium (students get a 50 percent discount) and jam out to some amazing songs. You can check out Spotify’s U.S. Top 50 or listen to one of its premade playlists. Another great way to discover new music is to wait until Friday — every Friday, Spotify cultivates a list of brand-new songs released during the past week, and it’s a great way for you to get lost in music for hours on end.

Explore your local library
Try going to your local public library to read for leisure. It’s an amazing feeling to get lost in the pages of a good book. Some great summer reads include books by Dan Brown, Jane Austen, Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle. It’s elementary, my dear Bears.

Go experience nature
We’re often locked in Moffitt or Caffe Strada trying to finish our work during the school year. But now that it’s summer, you should go and enjoy the outdoors. Log out of Facebook, sign off of Instagram and temporarily delete Snapchat. Go for a walk at your local park and take a kite or Frisbee with you. Grab your keys and drive to the beach (if easily accessible). Feeling tired? Try finding a grassy and shady spot outside your home and take a nap in the outdoors instead in your boring old bed.

Sleep, eat and recuperate
Use these few weeks as you-time. Sleep a lot, eat food you can’t get in Berkeley and take time to relax — you fully deserve it. Swimming is supposed to help loosen tight muscles, so perhaps try going for a cooling swim. Or go to a few yoga classes to help your mental and physical health.

These are just some tips for things to do during the awkward transition between the end of school and the start of your summer plans. You should be taking care of yourself the whole year, but really take some time this summer to chill out and have fun. Happy summer, Bears!

Avanti Mehrotra is the assistant blog editor. Contact Avanti Mehrotra at [email protected].