How To: Adjust to Spring

by Deanna Marano

Ashland, Ore. – The warm weather is finally coming to Southern Oregon, and while we’re rejoicing, some of us may also be having a hard time. Finals, unexpected bouts of rain, and the anticipation of being free for the summer (or even forever…!) can have students feeling like they’re fighting a losing battle. Here are some tips on how to make the transition a little smoother:

  • While the weather can change in an instant, it’s always nice to have some general idea for the day. Check The Weather Channel, local news, or even apps for the forecast and try to plan outfits accordingly.
  • Keep a light jacket or umbrella in your backpack or purse at all times, just in case the rain sneaks up on you!
  • Save the open-toed footwear for days you know for sure will be warm. The mornings and evenings can still be chilly or rainy, and no one wants a cold!
  • Skin should be feeling a little more moisturized with the warming weather, but if you’re noticing too much moisture in the form of oil or breakouts, try switching to an oil-free moisturizer with SPF to lightly hydrate and protect skin from the sun. Make sure to continue cleansing skin twice a day with a gentle cleanser and avoid heavy creams and oils.
  • If you wear makeup, switch to a BB cream of tinted moisturizer for lightweight coverage. It’ll hydrate, protect, and conceal imperfections while feeling like nothing’s there.
  • If allergies plague you, take an allergy pill like Benadryl or Allegra every morning or when symptoms kick in. Use nasal spray only once a day, and try eye drops for soothing red, itchy eyes. A humidifier in your room while you sleep may help relax nasal passages.
  • Try to spend at least an hour a day on homework. Dedicating just this chunk of time to studies will really help in the long run and still allow you time to enjoy the weather and fun activities.

Spring is a great term! School is almost out, the weather is a little less dreary, and things seem to lighten up for everyone. Don’t let midterms, finals or unpredictable weather stress you out. It’s great if these tips help with what seems unpleasant about this time of year, but, if not, remember the great things about spring and that summer is just around the corner!

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