Springtime activities to relieve stress for the staycationer

Mercy Burns, Staff Writer

Summer is coming up, but as high schoolers, times can be very stressful as the end of the school year approaches. These are five effective springtime activities you can do to get your mind off the stress and enjoy the sunshine. 


Taking a trip to one of Michigan’s metroparks can be an enjoyable experience and a great way to take your mind off things.

Lake Erie Metropark includes activities such as trails for hiking, paved trails for biking, 18 holes of regulation golf, and the “Great Wave” pool if you want to go for a dip!

If you’re an animal lover, Kensington Metropark is the choice for you, it includes a nature and farm center with the cutest animals! A Metropark Motor Vehicle Entry Pass gives you access to all 13 Huron-Clinton Metroparks. Check out this link to explore your local Huron-Clinton Metroparks.

“I used to go to Lake Erie metro park all the time when I was younger, and I remember having so much fun each time while walking the trails with my family and enjoying the fresh air.” Katherine Carmack 


Taking a trip into one of Michigan’s famous cities is always a blast whether you go with friends or on your own. 

If you would like to learn you can visit The Hands-On Museum or the University of Michigan Museum of Art, located in Ann Arbor, or If you’re in the mood for some delicious food come down to Wyandotte! There are multiple cities that include hundreds of different activities in Michigan, just click the link 52 Fun Things To Do & Best Places To Go In Michigan to plan your next Michigan city adventure. 

“I went to Grand Rapids with my basketball team, and it was the most fun I’ve had for a while. It took my mind off of everything else that was going on at the time.” Kamari Dabbs 


Relieving stress can be as simple as taking a step outside of your house and going on a walk to get away for a while. Walking for an hour a day is proven to reduce stress and anxiety. 

“Sometimes when I get stressed I take a step outside and walk my thoughts away.” Ahmed Ali






A trip up to the lake is fun for everyone while also lessening anxiety and stress levels. Michigan is famous for its beautiful lakes so why not enjoy the view? 

Lake Erie, located in the southeastern part of Michigan, is a great spot for fishing, or if you’re looking for a scenic view Lake Huron serves beautiful sunsets and is great for kayaking, but make sure to be safe and wear your lifejackets! Perhaps you’re looking to go swimming, if so go up to Lake Michigan! There are so many spectacular lakes to visit on a sunny day seen here. Go to 20 Most Beautiful Lakes in Michigan to plan your next lake getaway. 

“I like going up to Lake Michigan. I always have a good time with my friends.” Parker Shope 




Gardening is a great way to pass the time and have an overall peaceful experience. For many people, focusing their time on one task is a way to take their minds off of negative thoughts.

Pick the best spot to start your garden, whether it be on a window sill or in a patch in your front yard. In order to get started you will need a shovel, soil, a watering source, and the plant, flower, or veggie of your choice! Easier plants to take care of include daisies, sunflowers, beans, and tomatoes! Go down to your local flower shop and you can find all that you desire!

“Gardening helps engage with yourself, and release the negative thoughts by focusing on planting.” Tiba Inhayyir