Beat the Winter Blues

The winter semester is, for most, the hardest semester to get through. Perhaps it is a combination of

cold weather and long classes that make this semester difficult. So what are some things that we can do

to beat the winter semester blues? Everyone’s personal life is different so there is no perfect way to

guarantee happiness or at the very least less stress, but there are some things you can try.

Like…

1. Do something new and exciting (maybe even slightly scary)

No, we don’t mean going to a horror film just to be scared, unless that is something you enjoy.

We mean step outside of your comfort zone a little and try something different. Getting out of

your routine can release creativity and give you a much-needed reboot.

2. Surround yourself with good people

Sometimes all you need is a trustworthy friend or group of people to talk to when you become

overwhelmed. The simple act of talking about your stress can help lighten the burden.

3. Take classes that you find interesting

College is the perfect time to explore your interests and find out what you enjoy. If you are

undecided about what you want to major in or career you want to pursue then take a wide

range of classes. You might find out you enjoy a subject you had never considered. This will save

you some trouble when picking a major.

4. Have fun

There is absolutely nothing wrong with going out and having fun. Your brain needs a break

sometimes and it is beneficial to your mental and physical health to go out and have a good

time. Sometimes we can get stuck in the extremes- going out too much or never going out at all.

Neither is healthy and both result in stress and low quality work. So grab a movie, go out to eat,

hang out with friends or do whatever it is you need to do to unwind.

5. Exercise

Endorphins make you happy and the best part is you don’t need a gym membership or crazy

workout to get those endorphins going. Go for a run or walk with a friend, try a yoga class, or

start small and do some stretches during study breaks. It may sound ridiculous or like a waste of

time, but your mind and body will thank you for taking a break.

6. Eat healthy

You don’t need to make a complete 180 with your lifestyle, but you can start choosing to eat

healthier foods. Instead of skipping breakfast try adding an apple or yogurt. Replace one of your

sodas with water. Small changes like this can have a positive impact on your mood, energy level,

and focus.

7. Improve your weaknesses

We all have weaknesses and that is okay. Perhaps you are not great at taking notes in class. Try

connecting with someone in the class who is and have a study group with them. Not only will

strengthen a weakness, but you’ll learn more and possibly gain a friend. Taking the time to

identify a weakness and find ways to make it a strength will significantly reduce the amount of

stress in your life.

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