It’s hard to believe that spring break is already here! Our hard work has paid off and now we all can enjoy a well-deserved break. But as we leave this Friday (March 12th) to start our 2-week vacation, we also celebrate our 1 year anniversary to the start of the quarantine and this spring break won’t be much different. Our break must be modified to respect B.C.’s Covid 19 rules, nevertheless have no fear! These top 8 Covid safe ideas for spring break are here to save you from boredom so you can make the most of your 2-week break!
Staying active is the best thing you can do for your body and mind. You don’t need to run a 10k or follow a workout plan, you just need to get off the couch and move. Whether that be taking your dog on a walk, following a yoga video, or simply walking up and down your stairs. All movement is good movement! Under B.C.’s Covid 19 guidelines, “You can go for a walk, bike ride, or snowshoe outdoors with a friend or family member you don’t live with if you can maintain a safe physical distance. Make sure these activities do not turn into social gatherings with a group meeting outside.”. I strongly encourage everyone to safely meet with their friends outside while engaging in mild physical activities.
2- Baking Straight Out of Pinterest…
A great stress-relieving activity to take up during spring break is baking (or cooking)! I have been longing to make one of these simplistic Pinterest cakes, even though I am not the best baker I have always found joy in baking. It is not a perfect process but it is always worth it in the end. You can be as creative or as precise as your heart desires; everyone has their own methods. But the two pieces of advice I would give all new bakers is:
- To not be ashamed to use a box mix. Not everyone can afford to have all the ingredients needed in recipes and in the end, no one really cares whether it is made from scratch or not as long as it tastes yummy.
- There is no need to fear failure. Baking is a skill that is almost impossible to perfect and teaches you to laugh at yourself and your unique creations.
Baking is about having a good time and letting loose (plus you always end up with a sweet treat for all your hard work)!
3- Game Night Or Movie Night?
It’s time to dust off the board games and gather your favourite snacks! Get your fam jam together and play a game of Monopoly and actually play until there is a winner. Game nights are a great way to connect with your families and friends, as well as a test to see how competitive you and your friends truly are. Obviously, the Covid 19 rules prohibit playing games in person, but there are some great ways to play together online. You could use apps like Game Pigeon, Scrabble Go, Mario Kart Tour, Monopoly, or for those wanting a more mature game you might like Cards Against Humanities which can be found for free online as bad cards only. However for those who aren’t fond of board games perhaps a movie night or movie marathon would be more to your liking. Whether you are watching with your family, Netflix partying with your friends, or watching alone in your bedroom, movie nights never disappoint! I know that I will be re-watching the Harry Potter series for the 3rd time this year!
4- Zoom Sleepover?!
Obviously, in-person sleepovers aren’t permitted but there is nothing wrong with a zoom sleepover. It sounds crazy, right!? But I’m here to tell you it works! Gather your friends on a communal video chat (facetime, zoom, google hangouts, etc.) and stay up all night together. Stay busy during the night by watching movies, playing games (Truth or dare, would you rather, online games, etc.), making power points for each other, cooking/baking together, and whatever else you would typically do at a sleepover. Although it may sound weird to hangout over facetime you have to work with what you have and we are lucky enough to live in a technological society. It’s so important to stay social during this time and this is a great option to stay in touch with your friends while still having loads of fun.
5- Self-Care Central!
Spring break is the perfect time to practice self-love! Pop on a face mask, jump in a nice warm bubble bath, and read that book you have been putting off! Self-care comes in many different forms as everyone practices it differently, some people eat comfort food and watch their favourite movie, others have a nap, and some people have long showers and jam out to music. But no matter how you do it, it is so essential to show love to yourself and take time to care for your own needs. Taking care of your body makes you feel good about yourself and your life, and conveys to others that you value yourself. It’s not necessary to devote an entire day to self-care but perhaps take an hour or two every day and do something for yourself that makes you happy!
6- It’s Officially Camping Season
It’s time to revert back to your childhood and make a pillow fort! We are all still young and immature and what better way to camp than in a fort! Pillow forts are great for playing games, watching movies, sleeping, and reading in. You have two whole weeks of spring break so why not sacrifice a few of those nights to be spent in your very own pillow fort!
7- 24 Hours Without your Phone!
Challenge yourself this spring break and don’t use your phone for an entire day! Trust me your phone is not the most important thing in the world and it will not miss you if you don’t use it for a day. Be present with the world, watch the clouds move, have genuine conversations with your family, and read a book. Remember what you used to do before wasting hours of your days on your phone. School is out and social media can wait. The world around you is extremely beautiful so don’t waste your time on earth scrolling through TikTok. Get up, go outside and enjoy life without your phone!
8- Spring Cleaning
Spring officially starts March 21st but I know many of us will be using spring break to get a head start on our spring cleaning this year. With all this extra time on your hands, it is a great opportunity to deep clean and declutter your room. After your deep cleaning and decluttering, it would be the perfect time to redecorate your room and make it exactly to your liking. There are so many cool room ideas on Pinterest, TikTok, and Google to find inspiration from and tons of cool accessories for your room on Amazon!
Now you have it, folks! The top 8 Covid safe plans for spring break 2021, make the most of your well-deserved break and be sure to follow B.C.’s Covid 19 rules. Stay safe and have fun gators!