Legend has it that if Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow on February 2nd, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. For students six more weeks of winter weather on top of classes may make them start to feel a bit stir crazy. Here are a few tips to avoid the “Groundhog Day” feeling and stay focused this time of year:
- Switch it up - One of the most innovative parts of a cyber education is the ability to have a flexible schedule. Some students may have a different schedule every day while they balance school work with work or family time – however, some students may have been sticking with the same routine since September. If that is starting to feel a little stale, take advantage of the opportunities to change things up, do your homework at a different time or look into joining a club that interests you.
- Get outside - One of the easiest ways to beat the winter blues is to leave your house. As long as the weather permits, seek out volunteer opportunities in your community to stay engaged and fight off boredom. Another way to be more active during the winter might be to find local dance, karate or fitness classes to help keep your mind AND body active. Your local YMCA is always a great way to be involved and active!
- Find your creative side –From handmade para cord bracelets to adult coloring books there are tons of new trends young adults are using to alleviate boredom and relieve stress. If you have a student that doesn’t want to stay in the lines or might be a bit craftier, check out some DIY winter décor inspired ideas that teens can help.
- College Visits – Depending on your age, it might be time to start planning past high school! In addition to the right field of study, feeling like a part of a campus is a big factor in choosing the right school. When visiting, make sure your student really feels like he or she could belong there – since most likely, they will be living or commuting there for the next 2-4 years. In addition to scheduling an “official” campus tour, make sure to meet with an advisor or admissions to find out more about the field of study that interests you. Additionally, if you are interested in the arts or athletics, make sure to locate the spots on campus where performances are held, the athletic center, recreational fields etc.
With a little help, you can make sure you don’t slip into the boring repetitive winter doldrums that sometimes affect students this time of year. Teachers who are looking to add a little Groundhog Day fun to their lesson plans can visit the official website of Punxsutawney Phil for lesson plan suggestions!