Sarah’s Suggestions

sarah

All my friends have fun traveling plans over summer, and I don’t have anything to do. What would you recommend doing? Sincerely, Bored

Dear Bored,

Summer is the best opportunity to do things that you wouldn’t be able to do during the school year. For instance, you can read books that you have wanted to read but have not had a chance to, learn a new language or try a sport. It is also a great opportunity to hang out with friends, especially those you don’t see very often. You can go to the beach, have a party, see a movie or do whatever you want to together.  Staycations are also very fun. You can go to a hotel or stay home and just spend the days relaxing and taking care of yourself. Explore the city, go to the spa (or have a spa night at home), have a shopping spree, etc. All that matters is that you have fun and do what you want!

I’m very over whelmed because of upcoming finals. What are some ways that I can de-stress and relax? Sincerely, Stressed

Dear Stressed,

A great way to de-stress is to take a hot bath. Light some candles, use Epsom salts and bubble bath and just relax for as long as you need. If you are not a bath person, you can also take a shower. Another option is to use calming aromatherapy scents like lavender or eucalyptus. Spray pillow mists, especially lavender-scented ones, are very nice because they make your bed more comfortable and calming. On that note, sleep is one of the best ways to de-stress and let both your brain and body relax. Make sure that you are getting enough sleep, ideally eight hours a day. Finally, doing yoga or meditation will clear your mind of any negative energy and give you a fresh start. There are multiple apps that you can download on your phone with yoga instructions, or you can simply play calming music and close your eyes while you clear your head.

How can I make my own money as a teenager? Sincerely, Entrepreneurial

Dear Entrepreneurial,

As a teenager, it can be limiting because you are likely not old enough to have a real job. However, there are many things you can do even from your room to make money. For instance, selling clothes and other items you no longer want online or in a yard sale is an easy way to make money; just make sure that things you sell are in good condition. You can also ask to do chores in the house for your parents, or even for your neighbors. Walking dogs, caring for pets while owners are away and vacuuming are some examples of easy tasks. Babysitting is probably the most classic form of making income as a teenager, and it is very easy to do. You can also tutor kids in your neighborhood; however, you must be qualified and able to help them. Lastly, if you go to a camp and are old enough, most will pay their camp counselors or counselors-in-training. This is not only a great way to make money, but it’s also easy and gives you something to do over the summer.

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