So Valentine’s Day is over… Now What?

This past year has been marked by things that can’t be done due to Covid-19, making having a holiday to look forward to one of the best ways to stay positive. Even if the celebration just includes my roommates and I planning small things to change the pace of the day. However, now we have made it through our big holiday season! Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Super Bowl, and Valentines have all passed and we are in a waiting period for our next time to celebrate. So I thought I would compile a list of fun, COVID safe things to plan with your friends to help get you through this time! 

  1. 1. Plan a Hike

    It’s starting to get warm outside, so there's no better way to look forward to a weekend! Go out into the environment and relieve some of the stress that has been thrown at you. Being out in the sun will help to immediately brighten your mood, especially when you go with a close group of friends.

  2. 2. Bake a Cake

    For those people who aren’t as into the outdoors, try your hand at baking! Getting your friends together to make a cake is sure to bring a laugh and give you the little bit of a sugar rush that you need to get you through the next week.

  3. 3. Make a Charcuterie Board

    I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t like a charcuterie board, and it's a fun conversation starter. My first tip is to have everyone bring their favorite item and make the board from there, you’ll get a kick out of the mix of things you get. Another tip I have is to make it into an outdoor picnic as it gets prettier outside. The sun truly does so much for your mood!

  4. 4. Have a Movie Night

    One thing that has really helped me get through the day on a regular basis is having standing movie nights with my roommates. We have a running list of movies to watch, and make a plan that each weekend we sit and watch a movie (or a few)! It's so nice every week knowing that I have that fun, relaxing time to look forward to!

So here are a few of my recommendations for things to plan to do with friends to help your week not feel as long. But if none of them seem like something you would enjoy, I recommend planning something that’s just for you. It is so good for your mental health to take a break and relax, so if that is in the form of planning time to read, do it! Give yourself something to look forward to!