By Brittany Anderson
Assistant Web Content Manager
Everyone, give yourself a pat on the back: we finally made it through the dark winter months and can now enjoy the sunset later and longer. March 8 officially marked the time change, and sure we lost an hour, but let’s use it as an opportunity to spring forward.
So, speaking of: enjoy the sunset.
Gone for now are the days of getting out of your evening classes to a dark, fading sky. There’s nothing quite like sitting on your porch for a few uninterrupted minutes and enjoying the last drops of light. Grab a snack, some water, a journal; just detox from the day for a moment.
Enjoy the weather before it becomes unbearable.
In light of the recent Coronavirus pandemic, remember to take extra precautions, especially for the next few weeks. Take these ideas with a grain of salt and be realistic, especially because some things might be closed. Limit how much you’re around others in close proximity and use common sense when it comes to where you go and what you do.
As a lifelong Texan, I’m well aware that our “spring” is really just “summer with a little less humidity and a slight breeze.” Though few and far between, you can take advantage of the cooler sunny days and get outside.
Go picnic and swim at Sewell Park. Canoe, kayak or paddleboard on Lady Bird Lake in Austin. Go wine tasting in Gruene or Fredericksburg. Camping in state parks is pretty cheap, and there are tons of biking and hiking trails around the San Marcos area.
Stock up on allergy medicine, NOW.
If you’re anything like me, seasonal allergies are about to kick your butt. Grab your tissues, your eye drops and your nasal sprays. Prevention is key, so start getting those antihistamines in your system before it’s a hopeless fight between you sneezing or trying functioning like a normal human.
Maintain your productivity.
Keep on trekkin’! The semester is almost halfway over and we’re in the thick of it, so don’t lose focus now. Get out those colored pens and highlighters; whip out that agenda; sort out your life. We’re not failing classes or exams: we’re going to finish strong.
Spring cleaning. Who actually does it?
You should! Doing a massive cleaning spree now is almost more satisfying than trying to do it for your New Year’s resolution. Have you washed your comforter lately? What about the often-forgotten place behind your toilet? I know your phone needs to be wiped down.
Take a couple of hours or a weekend to really get in there and freshen things up. Open your blinds and blast your favorite playlist while doing it. Now’s also a good time to take a bag (or two) of clothes to Goodwill, Plato’s Closet or any other donation station.
Put down your phone and pick up a hobby.
This might seem a little cliché, but seriously, it will help you adjust for the better. Read a book or five. Grow a plant, or try to at least. With more sunshine and rain on the way, it should be a little easier.
Get on that language learning app (ok, so you’ll need your phone for that). Invite a friend over and cook them a new meal. Marvel at the bottomless DIY pit that is Hobby Lobby. Yes, stay on top of school for these last few weeks, but give yourself a break every so often by indulging in something worthwhile.
I know it can be hard transitioning out of the winter funk, but breaking out of that routine and starting new is going to be super beneficial for your mental and physical health. Take advantage of the newfound light and warm temperatures. But no pressure— you have a whole eight months before the time falls back again.
What will you do with the extra hour?
Featured image by Brittany Anderson.