School holidays are great. You don’t have to set alarms. You can wear anything you like. You can eat lunch whenever your hunger strikes. But sometimes, every so often, they can get, um, a bit… er, dull.

I know! I know, it’s not what you’re meant to say. You’re meant to be grateful and thankful and brimming with holiday-induced joy. But, well, sometimes you can end up sitting on the floor of your bedroom, completely out of episodes of Stranger Things to re-watch and with no idea what to do next.

Well, fear not! We have come up with some ideas for how to keep the boredom at bay.

1. Make face masks

Mrs Doubtfire

I’m not entirely sure what it is that I find so soothing about face masks, but pretty much as soon as I apply that first slather, I feel myself relax. You can do it on your own, pop some cucumber on your eyes and listen to soothing music or you can get together with a bunch of friends and experiment with different types. I particularly love this banana face mask. Plus, if any of it ends up in your mouth, it’s totally delicious.

2. Got some leftover bananas?

If you have any bananas left over after making your face mask, it’s NBD because you can make banana popsicles!

3. Learn the Parent Trap Handshake 

One rainy afternoon, my best friend Georgia and I decided we would learn the handshake from Parent Trap. Because I have very little coordination, it took a ridiculous amount of time, but it was totally worth it when we showed our routine off to all our friends at school the next week.

parent-trap

4. Or if you’re more musically inclined…

You could learn “Cups” from Pitch Perfect, which will have the same effect.

5. Learn to face paint

Look, I’m not entirely sure when this life skill will come in useful but I promise you that if you learn how to paint your face so you look like Scar from the Lion King, a situation will arise. Halloween? Why not. A circus themed party? Sure. Next mufti day? I’m game if you are.

6. Marie Kondo your room

I wish I knew the words to describe the look I got in the betty offices when I said I didn’t know who Marie Kondo was. According to her Wikipedia, she’s a Japanese organising consultant and author. My friend Lauren told me that after she read Marie’s first book, ‘The Life-Changing Art of Tidying,’ she actually re-organised her wardrobe and it did, in fact, change her life. As someone who spends about five minutes every morning trying to locate the top I have in mind, I have to admit, I’m tempted.

7. Head to your local library

Holidays are always a great time to get on top of your reading list. If you’re feeling a little uninspired, why not check out Zoella’s new book club reads or some of our betty book reviews?

8. Or… get crafty with books

If you’re not that into reading or have got a lot of old books lying about, you could try some of these DIY projects that re-purpose old books into beautiful new accessories.

diy-inspiration-smashbook

9. Stage a tribute to Bey

What better way is there to spend your hols than learning all the words to Bey’s, ‘Hold Up’? Or, if you’re feeling really ambitious, why not try and get the whole Lemonade album down? Put on your yellow-est dress and get crackin’.

Boredom, BE GONE. Bey-dom awaits!

It’s time you started celebrating your period, guys. Sign up to bettybox RN and get all your tampons and pads, beauty products, sweet treats and loads more cool stuff delivered to your door, every single month. We know. It’s totally awesome. 

Image: The Diary Of A Teenage Girl

Some days are sad days. Days where it’s a little harder to get out of bed. Maybe it’s because you’re dreading going to school, maybe you’re scared about the state of the world, maybe you just remembered Alan Rickman is dead. Maybe you’re just feeling a little, well… weepy.

We totally get those days. Hell, we started Weepy Girls’ Corner for those days. The days when all you want to do is crawl under your duvet with a box of Kleenex, a jar of Nutella and a Pinterest board of unlikely animal friendships.

And sometimes, crying along with a favourite song – whether a massive, snotty, gulping-breaths kind of cry or a silent, staring-out-the-window-like-a-tragic-heroine kind of cry – is the very best medicine there is. So if you’re having a Weepy Day today, here are some of our favourite songs to weep along to.

Go on, get it all out.

First Day of My Life – Bright Eyes 

“I’m glad I didn’t die before I met you
But now I don’t care, I could go anywhere with you
And I’d probably be happy”

We’re crying because: LOVE IS SO BEAUTIFUL, Y’ALL

All Too Well –  Taylor Swift

“You tell me ’bout your past, thinking your future was me.”

We’re crying because: sometimes you wish you didn’t remember everything so clearly.

Mississippi Goddam – Nina Simone 

“All I want is equality
For my sister my brother my people and me”

We’re crying because: this beautifully angry song about race is still relevant, in 2017.

Beautiful – Christina Aguleria

“I am beautiful
No matter what they say
Words can’t bring me down”

We’re crying because: beauty is about how you feel on the inside.

When Somebody Loved Me – Jessie, Toy Story 2 

“Through the summer and the fall
We had each other that was all”

We’re crying because: we miss our childhood toys. That Furby deserved better.

Colourblind – Counting Crows

“I am ready
I am… fine”

We’re crying because: We’ve all said we’re fine when we aren’t.

Say Something – A Great Big World, Christina Aguileria 

“Anywhere, I would’ve followed you
Say something, I’m giving up on you”

We’re crying because: caring about someone who doesn’t treat you right is exhausting.

Angel – Jack Johnson 

“But you’re so busy changing the world
Just one smile can change all of mine”

We’re crying because: love makes people into idiots. Really happy idiots.

Not about Angels – Birdy 

Found something real that’s out of touch
But if you’d searched the whole wide world
Ho oh oh would you dare to let it go?

We’re crying because: life is so unfair.

The Stars of Track and Field – Belle and Sebastian

“Could I write a piece about you now that you’ve made it?
About the hours spent, the emptiness in your training”

We’re crying because: some people

Hurt – Johny Cash

“What have I become
My sweetest friend
Everyone I know goes away
In the end”

We’re crying because: sometimes life is properly painful. 

Fix You – Coldplay

“When the tears come streaming down your face
When you lose something you can’t replace”

We’re crying because: I mean, seriously, who isn’t crying at this point.

Delicate – Damien Rice

“So why do you fill my sorrow
With the words you’ve borrowed
From the only place you’ve know”

We’re crying because: it’s ok to want to keep things to yourself, alright? SHUT UP.

All By Myself – Cèline Dion

“I think of all the friends I’ve known
But when I dial the telephone
Nobody’s home”

We’re crying because: sometimes we all feel Bridget Jones-level lonely.

Literally any song – Adele

And if you’ve still got some tears left? We all know who to call.

We’re crying because: Oh, who even knows anymore.

Sending loads of hugs your way, guys. And fetch a spoon for that Nutella.

It’s time you started celebrating your period, guys. Sign up to bettybox RN and get all your tampons and pads, beauty products, sweet treats and loads more cool stuff delivered to your door, every single month. We know. It’s totally awesome. 

School is officially back in session.

For the Hermiones of this world, this is amazing news. For everyone else, the disappointment is similar to when you remember that JK has said that she’ll never write another book about Harry *sob*.

Either way, to help you keep that summer holiday feeling alive a little while longer, we’ve put together a playlist of our favourite holiday tunes.

DNCE – Toothbrush

Baby, you don’t have to rush. When school goes back and the homework starts mounting up again it can be hard to hold onto that summer feeling. Thank god for Friday night sleepovers.

 

Madonna – Holiday

The lyrics say it all:

“If we took a holiday/ Took some time to celebrate/ Just one day out of life/ It would be, it would be so nice.” It WOULD be nice, wouldn’t it? Nicer than GCSE algebra.

 

Maggie Rogers –  Alaska

Maggie Rogers’ voice sounds like what we imagine a woodland elf might sound like. Let her beautiful voice sooth your back to school woes.  

 

Metronomy – Night Owl

This might be the weirdest video clip in the world but this song is perfect for the bus ride to school and reflecting on how many new freckles you picked up this summer. 

 

Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop the Feeling

We know you’ve all heard it a thousand times but don’t tell us it doesn’t want to make you get up and dance. Ok, but you’re lying. Holidays might be over but JT isn’t going anywhere, which is a pretty good thing to dance about.

 

Closer – Chainsmokers ft Halsey

Arguably the song of the summer. We have had this song on repeat for the last few days and haven’t been able to resist the nodding dog head-bop that goes along with it.

 

Stooshe – Let it go

Nope, we’re not talking about the one sung by Elsa. The perfect song for when you’re getting ready for school or dancing around the field with your friends. 

 

Destiny’s Child – Survivor

You might be back at school, but like Queen Bey says, you’re a survivor. You’ve totally got this, girl.

It’s time you started celebrating your period, guys. Sign up to bettybox RN and get all your tampons and pads, beauty products, sweet treats and loads more cool stuff delivered to your door, every single month. We know. It’s totally awesome. 

Image: Getty