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If you're battling post-Super Bowl blues and feeling like you're living through the worst sports month of the year, you're not alone. February, March, and April can be the most underwhelming months of the year to the avid football fan.
If you're not a huge ice hockey or basketball fan, it's going to be rough. A few weeks of March Madness won't improve your mood.
So what do you do?
Although you probably have a very efficient system that you use every year (sulking until the games are back on) — you can do better.
If you're wondering how you can survive the following months, we’ve got a few ideas.
Watching football is good for you. This is something every fan knows.
But did you know it can make you fitter?
It's science. A study by the University of Leeds found that watching a match can boost your heart rate to the same level as a 90-minute walk. Similarly, watching other people exercise has been shown to improve fitness.
This means that without your regular dose of football action, the forthcoming three months will do more than change your mood — they can negatively impact your health.
That is, if you let them.
This is the time to pick up your routine. Be more serious about your fitness even if it means doing it because of a lack of something better to do. If you start now, you can create a habit while you have time on your hands.
So wear your headphones and start running. Do push-ups, punch the heavy bag, and do some breathing exercises. Go ahead and get a gym membership — even if it’s just to go watch other people exercise.
A change of scenery might be just what you need right now. Go somewhere warm and get yourself those colorful drinks with little umbrellas.
Why not herd together a group of friends and plan a trip out of town? It doesn't have to be a full-on vacation (but that's a welcome thought, thank you!). A day trip or a weekend cruise is enough to get you excited again.
If it's not enough, plan another one. Repeat until satisfied.
Or until Football starts again.
When was the last time you had a good read? Don't be ashamed; many people haven't formed a habit of reading regularly. But reading can be one of the best things you do for yourself.
Like other muscles, the brain needs to exercise to stay fit. Reading is one of the ways to exercise it by keeping it active and engaged.
"Use it or lose it" rings true again.
Reading also helps relieve stress. Be it your relationship, work, or a referee you encountered weeks ago, you can get those bad thoughts off your mind by replacing them with something better: reading.
These are just some of the benefits, not to mention others such as expanding your stock of knowledge, improving your vocabulary, and boosting your memory.
Remember that quantum computer you're building in your garage? Well, don't let Google or Intel beat you to it. Pick it up now and be amazed at the progress you'll make in the next few weeks.
If you're looking for something exciting to do, few things are as fun as working on your own personal projects. For those passions that you’ve put off for far too long, now is the time to continue where you left off.
The time is ripe for a new hobby. If you find yourself lacking things to do, it might be because you don't have enough hobbies.
Can you rap? Do you like horses? Do you think you can find Alexander the Great's tomb if you carefully read the signs and followed the path?
Maybe it's time to find out. Finding a new hobby isn't necessarily about doing things you love (although it's a great place to start). It can also be about opening yourself up to new experiences. In other words, doing things you could love.
So, don't be afraid of adventure and stepping outside your comfort zone.
In the spirit of encouraging new experiences, try working remotely if you haven't. As the future of work beckons a more flexible workplace, many organizations are experimenting with remote work for various roles.
Working remotely is not only good for the employee but also the employer. Remote workers enjoy the arrangement because they get to work from anywhere at any time (within reason) and are less stressed over things like getting ready in the morning or dealing with angry drivers during a commute. Employers have found that employees working remotely are usually more productive and motivated than in-house teams.
All you need for a day's work can easily fit in a CARRY+ laptop backpack. If you need to relieve yourself by travelling or avoiding the office for a while, don't let it come between you and productive work.
Your non-football friends understand when you go missing during the season. But don't neglect them for too long.
Touch base with them during this difficult time to see how they live without football. They might be able to teach you something about maintaining your spirits when the game is over.
If you're experiencing withdrawal from watching football, the best thing to do is find an alternative activity to engage in. Not just any activity — ideally, one that will benefit you in some way.
Find your own way to beat the post Super Bowl blues — whether it’s one of these ideas or something else entirely. All that matters is that we make it through these next couple of months.
Tell us in the comments how you plan to spend your time until football season starts back up!