Boredom Busters For When You're Sick

Boredom Busters For When You're Sick

While this article can't cure your sickness, it can help make a day stuck in bed more tolerable.

With cold and flu season sweeping across our nation, you may need to take a few days off. Nothing is worse than being sick, except for maybe the boredom that comes from laying in your bed all day. Here are some boredom busters for you lazy, sick-day enjoyment.

1. Read a book

Because nothing is better when you're not feeling well than curling up under a warm blanket with a great book.

2. Binge watch a new Netflix show

Or watch Grey's Anatomy for the zillionth time...We're not judging.

3. Discover new YouTubers

With YouTube changing their requirements for creators everyday, finding a new YouTuber you like and showing them some love can do wonders for helping them grow their channel!

4. Have a Twilight movie marathon

Sorry, not sorry, I will always love Twilight.

5. Or maybe High School Musical is your jam?

You better "Bet On It" that I'll be singing along to every song until I feel better.

6. Harry Potter series anyone?

This should keep you thoroughly occupied all day.

7. Find awesome new Instagram accounts to follow

Nothing is better than giving your Insta feed a facelift with new and exciting content to look at.

8. Watch the snow fall outside

Lucky you, you get to stay in and enjoy it from the warmth of your own place!

9. Take a lovely cat nap (even better if you can cat nap with a cat!)

Sleep is essential to getting better quickly, so indulge in as many naps as you'd like.

10. Paint your nails

Being sick is the perfect time for some TLC.

11. Watch animal videos

What makes you feel better than watching adorable puppies and kittens?

12. Drink a hot cup of tea

Any way you can get fluids into your body is good and a warm beverage on a chilly winter day when you're sick can work wonders.

13. Eat some crackers, toast, or soup

Anything that's easy on an upset stomach that still gets some nutrition into your body.

14. Read a bunch of Odyssey articles, duh

This one speaks for itself. There's so much of a variety of content out there to see!

15. Call your mom

Even from miles away, when you're sick all you want is your mom, so give her a call (or ten). I'm sure she won't mind at all!

16. FaceTime your SO or bestie

Sometimes seeing the people we love is enough to lift our spirits. FaceTime allows you to do this without infecting them in the process.

17. Experiment with various ways of making water less boring

"Drink lots of water!" Yeah, yeah, yeah, but a little lemon and honey to spice things up never hurt anyone either!

18. Listen to the Discover section on Spotify to find your next jam

Music cures all!

19. Attempt to learn the words to the latest hits (bonus points: learn all of Despacito)

Remember the days when watching lyric videos was your entire life? Indulge in some nostalgia.

20. Do some crosswords/word searches

I always loved a good wood search, and you can even do them online!

21. Download that Best Fiends game everyone and their brother has been promoting

Or play another game you're already obsessed with, whatever floats your boat.

22. Online shop

You're already laying in bed all day, you might as well use this valuable time to scour the internet for the best deals ad cutest new clothes!

23. Sign up to write for Odyssey

Like reading articles like this one and have opinions that the world needs to hear? Sign-up to write articles like this one! (Or really, whatever you want to write about.) How cool is that?

Being sick isn't any fun, but you can still make the best of it with these suggestions. Just remember the only way to get better is to rest, so enjoy every minute of it that you can!

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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