The holidays are well and truly over
Sergey Mironov/ShutterstockThe holiday season may officially end on January 1, but that doesn't mean the stress magically drops away then. You still have to take down all the lights, pack up the decorations, put away the presents, and do all the other things you neglected because you told yourself you'd get to them after the holidays are over. (Hint: Procrastination is one of the common post-holiday work mistakes you should avoid.) Then, there's the issue of February's credit card statement. But by March, all of that should mostly be over and you can really start the new year fresh! Bring on March, the unofficial start of the not-holiday season!
Calling all slackers...
National Goof Off Day is March 22. Why is there a National Goof Off Day? We'd find out but that would take extra work... And hey, do you really need a reason to take advantage of this fun day?
It's the best time to book a cruise
StockStudio/ShutterstockDreaming of an exciting getaway? Book a cruise this month and you could score an incredible deal. That's because January through March is peak cruise-booking season, so toward the end of March, cruise companies look to sell out their remaining rooms, according to DealNews. Take advantage of this ASAP as prices start to rise again come April! All booked for your trip? Make sure you know these 17 tips for taking the perfect cruise.
It's spring break, baby!
Maxim Safronov/ShutterstockBreak out the sunscreen and flip flops—in most parts of the United States, March is spring break season! Not a student? You still need a break from life, and March is the perfect time to take a vacation, thanks to all the great spring break deals. Even if you can't afford to hit a sunny beach for a few days, you can still enjoy planning a March vacay. Research has shown that thinking about a vacation, even if it's just daydreaming, lowers stress levels and increases happiness. For ideas, check out these 15 spring break destinations you haven't thought of yet.
Your New Year's resolutions are really starting to pay off
Stock-Asso/ShutterstockWhether you vowed to lose weight, improve your relationship, or get a better job this year, the resolution feels fresh and interesting in January. However, it quickly turns into a dreary slog in February, as you struggle to turn a good idea into a good habit. But sticking it out is worth it, and by March you should be able to see some serious results from your goals. If January is the month of making resolutions, then March is the month of celebrating them. And if you didn't stick to your goals? Don't beat yourself up. Just start again with one of these 27 inspiring resolutions you'll want to keep.
Celebrate the spring equinox and all the extra sunshine
vadim kozlovsky/ShutterstockThe long, dark of winter is officially over on March 20, this year's spring equinox. Technically, the vernal equinox is the day when the sun moves north over the celestial equator. But all you need to know is that that means the days are getting longer, the nights shorter, and the sun warmer (if you live in the northern hemisphere). Enjoy the simple pleasure of waking up to fresh sunlight streaming in your windows! Getting more sun exposure is one of the ways to be happier every day.
It's Women's History Month
Ewing Galloway/ShutterstockCurious about a suffragette ancestor? Want to learn more about female spies in the Civil War? Interested in famous female inventors? March is the perfect time to take the opportunity to answer all these questions and more as it's Women's History month, the month set aside by the United States government to celebrate the vital role women have played in our country's history. Your local museums will likely have some great offerings unique to your area's history, or you can always check out the Smithsonian's online collection of nearly 500 incredible images and the stories behind them. Then, get inspired by these 20 quotes from impressive historical women.
March Madness tips off
Ververidis Vasilis/ShutterstockBasketball fans, rejoice: March 13 is the beginning of March Madness, the NCAA's annual men's college basketball tournament. Get out your LeBron James jersey, fire up your cable subscription, and hang up the basketball hoop over your laundry hamper. (What? Anything that makes laundry more fun is good!) Think you know who'll take the title this year? Print out the 2018 bracket here and start placing your bets.
Nature walks are never better
Kamila Starzycka/ShutterstockEven in the most frozen parts of the country, March often ushers in spring. Whether you already have scented blooms on trees or just a few crocus spears poking through the snow, the signs of spring are there if you look for them. This makes March the perfect month to take a nature walk. Enjoy the fresh air and look for all the beauty starting to emerge around you. Stuck at your desk? Start with these 50 of the most beautiful quotes about nature.
Spring skiing is the best skiing
IM_photo/ShutterstockEven as the spring snow is beginning to melt in the cities, there's still plenty of it up in the mountains, and many ski resorts stay open during March. Spring skiing offers up the best of both worlds—the snowpack should be plenty deep by that point yet you won't freeze to death on the lift ride up. Spring skiing can be highly unpredictable, however, with fresh powder one day and slushy puddles the next, so make sure and check conditions before you head out. Check out our list of the 10 best places to ski in the U.S.