A Prescription for Your Case of Spring Fever

Something’s going around. It’s really contagious. And I hate to break it to you, but chicken soup and orange juice isn’t going to cure it. That’s right, friends, it’s Spring Fever season once more.

a high school student sits on a grassy field reading a book

You’ve caught it before. You know the drill. One minute you’re minding your own business, slogging to school and back wearing six sweaters, two scarves, and a fluffy down coat. Then, suddenly, bam! The sun is shining, the air is fresh and cool, you’ve broken out your favorite sandals, and it seems absolutely essential that you go out for iced coffee after school and hang out on the deck all weekend. That’s it, you’ve caught the dreaded spring fever.

The thing about spring fever? It’s so (so so so) fun while it’s happening. Who doesn’t like warm sunshine, a light breeze, and an ice cream cone? A long walk around your favorite lake? Lounging in the backyard with your friends? There’s a catch though. At some point you’re going to remember that you’ve got homework to finish, and ACTs to take, and finals approaching. Then you spend beautiful sunny days scrambling to catch up and just might end up a walking zombie by June.

What to do? Here’s my official prescription for treating your oncoming case of spring fever. Try some of these tips and see if you can enjoy the joy of spring without missing a beat.

First Things First

Take stock of the rest of your school year. Got any AP tests? Spring semester papers to write? Models of the transcontinental railroad to build out of popsicle sticks? Think about the schoolwork that might be coming up and get it on the calendar as early as possible. While that calendar’s out? Make sure that any other commitments are on it too – family trips? College visits? Track meets? Having a good idea of what you need to do (and when you need to do it) also means you know when you can kick back and enjoy the sunshine. Budget your time and be sure to include time for sunny fun.

Next, put those spring fever feelings to good use – as a reward. Finish your algebra homework? Treat yourself to some time in the sun (SPF accordingly, please). Taking a Saturday morning ACT? Make plans with friends to have lunch somewhere with a patio. One caveat though. While I’m a huge fan of taking a book out to a hammock in the backyard, and I definitely think you can practice your SAT vocabulary flashcards over iced tea, don’t let it be a distraction. Focus on work, get it done, then relax. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Speaking of focus – you might feel like spring fever has completely stolen your ability to pay attention. It hasn’t, I promise, but as we near the end of the school year, fatigue can make you much more distracted. What to do? Break large tasks down into more manageable steps. Get plenty of sleep, eat regular meals, drink water. Most of all, whether you’re in the thick of AP test season, tech week for the spring play, or a monster-sized project for your English class, remember that you will definitely make it through. It won’t last forever. Big deep breath,  keep taking things one little nibble at a time, and remember that the end of the school year is just around the corner.

Seniors, this last one is just for you

It’s your last spring in high school. How do you feel? Wild with glee? Sad and nostalgic? Nervous about the unknown? A complicated mix of all three? That’s totally normal. Just try to keep your activity level at a happy medium. Don’t sign yourself up for something every possible minute of the day because you want to soak up the last of high school, make sure that you have time to relax, spend time with friends, and enjoy this fantastic spring. But also, don’t check out because you’re already imagining yourself at college! Instead, make sure that you’re keeping up with your work like you always have and know that you’re building great focus and attention skills for future you. Enjoy this spring, seniors, and know that we’re all so proud of what you’ve accomplished.

Ready to tackle the spring?

Just make a plan, keep an eye on your schedule, and try for a balanced approach. You’ve got this! Go hang out in the sunshine… What’s that? You’re reminding me that you haven’t finished your Spanish homework, so you’ll take care of it and then head outside? I think your spring fever is already on the mend.

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