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How to Cure Those Winter Blues

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Most of us have just been released on Winter Break and have been so excited to just relax. You with me so far? A few days go by, and we're now bored. Nothing to do because we did it already, no one to see because they're all in some tropical destination, and nowhere to go because your parents won't let you drive their brand new Christmas present (a car). Feeling blue, eh? Don't worry, it's easily curable. These aren't the only things you can do, but they are just ideas to spark your imagination.

1. Read a good book. Eww books, I know, right? Actually as a senior in high school who hasn't read a book since middle school it felt so nice to open up a book. Put on some comfy PJs, curl up in a blanket, and read a nice book. Here's a list of recommendations:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower - (it's about a freshman boy struggling with depression)
The Five People You Meet in Heaven - (about a man who discovers his purpose in life)
The Alchemist - (A very good book about personal legends and dreams)
Elsewhere - (another book about what happens after death, but still great)
Speak - (about a freshman girl who learns to well, speak. Just read it)

2. Create a bookmark for that book or some inspiring teacher. Just that simple. Here are the things you'll need to make your very own bookmark.

Cardboard paper (Or thick paper)
Color pencils, markers, paints, crayons, pens, etc.
Scissors, glue, some sort of adhesive
Any inspiration, or some quotes
And . . . some box tape to laminate it

Cut the paper to your choice of size (typically an average sized book), decorate it with your choice of design (I usually do landscapes that I find on google images), glue or tape you designs to the paper, write a quote about reading on it if you like, let it dry, use the big clear tape to coat the bookmark, trim, and voila a homemade bookmark for either yourself or that awesome English teacher of yours.

3. Done with school completely? Think those ideas are boring? How about baking? This is the best time of the year to bake so why not try it yourself. I can't help you with that completely, but I can give you some ideas of what to bake.

Cakes, cupcakes
Family recipes
Brownies, blondies
Cookies!! (Gingerbread, sugar cookies, peanut butter, etc)
Or even find a new one or create your own!

Hopefully these ideas will help you fight those nasty winter blues. It's not all you can do, but it sure has helped me feel a bit happier during the darkest time of the year for the past 8 or so years.

Enjoy your holidays and good luck!


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