Life as a college student can be hard, especially if it is during the winter season.
It’s cold, and trudging your way through the snow just to get to class on time can be a challenge with the icy wind hitting your cheeks and fighting everyday sicknesses from being on a college campus. Winter time can be tough emotionally as well, and the weather can have a dramatic impact on your mood and how it affects your everyday life.
To help ward off those winter blues, here is a list of easy everyday activities that you can easily do to help take your mind off of classes, or upcoming exams during the winter time!
Keep a Journal and Write Down How You are Feeling
It helps to relieve any stress or anxiety that may be going through your mind.
It may seem cliche, keeping a journal, or a diary if you want to call it that, to write down your everyday emotions and what occurred throughout the course of your day. In all reality, it is a great stress reliever. Being able to get your mind off of the day’s events and some of the things you are-- or were-- feeling is a way to ward off the winter blues in such an easy and efficient way.
Whether you want to write journal entries, or you enjoy writing poetry, pick a style that suits you and write about your feelings until you have nothing left to write. Once you put down the pen, your mind should start to ease and you will be able to easily get through your daily activities, homework, or study sessions with a little less stress on your mind. It also helps that it’s enjoyable to pick out a cute journal to help you get started as well!
Listen to Your Favorite Music to Lift Your Spirits
Music is a great coping mechanism when it comes to stress and anxiety.
Whether you like listening to the new Harry Styles album on repeat, or you have a wide range of music that you enjoy listening to, take a moment to put some on while working on chores, doing homework, or even just when you’re relaxing after a long day. Music has been proven to help with stress and anxiety by helping to slow pulse and heart rate, lower blood pressure, and decrease stress hormones within your body.
There is never a better time to listen to music. You can listen to music anywhere and that is the best part about it. You can listen to music while walking to class, studying for your next big exam, or even just swapping out the TV for music can greatly help to improve your overall mood.
Stay Connected and Close to Your Friends and Family
Spending time with people that can make you smile is a great way to fight the winter blues!
Staying connected to friends and family through texting, calling, or even FaceTiming, can help to relieve stress and help you to remember that you are loved and you have a support system behind you, no matter what you are going through. Isolating yourself when you’re feeling down is never the right thing to do. You could overthink yourself, or if you’re constantly doing schoolwork, or studying, you could eventually burn yourself out.
Taking a break to call someone you close to you can have a great impact on your mental health. Catching up, or even venting about your day can be relieving just because you have someone close to you that is willing to listen. Even just pushing back your responsibilities to grab dinner with someone, or going to study with some friends, can help to improve your overall mood. Having people to lean on and that support you is the key to being happy and fighting through the tough winter months.
Stay Fit During the Winter Blues Season and Hit the Gym
Not only will it make you feel good physically, but it will also make you feel good emotionally and mentally!
Whether it’s running on a treadmill, lifting weights, or a little bit of both, working out has been proven to help diminish stress and help stay emotionally healthy as well. Exercise in any form, has shown to produce endorphins, which are chemicals within the brain that are produced and act like natural painkillers to help reduce stress.
Exercising on a daily basis has also been proven to help individuals sleep better, help improve self-esteem, and even stabilize your mood, along with reducing stress and anxiety. Staying physically active can help in many ways, and just by going to your local gym, or even going to your on-campus recreation center everyday, or even just a few days a week can really help to fight the stress of the winter months.
Buy Yourself a Weighted Blanket
Because who doesn’t love the feeling of getting a big, warm hug on a daily basis?
Weighted blankets are in and they are probably one of the best ways to ward off the winter blues. Fifteen-pound weighted blankets that are throw sized and loaded with plastic pellets to weigh it down can help you to feel secure and warm at the same time when you are by yourself, or everyone around you is busy.
Proven to relieve stress and anxiety, weighted blankets have a deep touch of pressure that is able to alleviate some of those emotions and help to feel secure and comfortable. Weighted blankets also are able to provide a sense of home, and warmth, along with keeping you feeling secure at all times. It helps to create a cocoon in the form of a hug, but instead with a blanket, and how could it get better than that?
Stay Organized and Clean Up Around the House
Cleaning is essential to stay organized and helps relieve stress by keeping yourself busy!
Lots of people, especially college students don’t like cleaning, or feel like they don’t have time to clean, but cleaning is also a great gateway to relieving stress and taking your mind off of your responsibilities for a moment. Whether it’s organizing your closet, giving the bathroom a deep clean, or simply just doing dishes after making yourself dinner, is a great way to improve your overall mental health and stay clean.
Doing a deep clean of a specific room, or even just cleaning your entire house, apartment, or dorm, can help you to feel on top of things and to help feel accomplished in an easy way. Being able to see all of the hard work and dedication you did by putting in the time and effort to reorganize or clean up, can make you feel so much better with keeping your mind off of any issues you may be facing. Putting on music in the background can also help this process go a lot more smoothly and even make it more fun as well!
Dive Into Reading a New Book, or Reading One of Your Favorites
Reading can help escape the real world and place you into the pages of the book and live a different life for a short time!
Reading is a great way to escape the troubles of everyday life and be able to live the life of another character through different worlds, places, and experience a character’s world view just by reading the words on the pages. Whether it’s dusting off a book on your bookshelf that you haven’t read yet, or it’s re-reading one of your favorite books, reading can help to escape for a short while and forget about the real world.
There are so many new books coming out every single day and there are also a variety of books that are classic favorites for a lot of people. On a list titled “Best Books to Read When the Snow is Falling”, created by Goodreads, there is a list of over 3,000 books that are great to read during the winter time. Some books included are The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, The Book Thief, and even the first Harry Potter book, The Sorcerer's Stone.
Find a New Study Spot on Campus
A new area to study and work on your homework could help to give you a breath of fresh air.
Feeling sick and tired of sitting at your desk in your room, or at your on-campus library where it can sometimes be challenging to even find a table to yourself? Well, we recommend that you find a new spot on-campus to help fix the problem!
Being cooped up in one area will become boring and sometimes finding somewhere else to focus on your studies is what you need to help. Not only can you explore more of your campus, but you could also find a place that only you know about that can help to ease your mind when you are feeling low.
By following these eight easy tips to help fight off the terrible winter blues, you will be able to relax, and focus on yourself for a while and just know that at the end of the day, everything is going to be okay, even when the winter season can be emotionally draining. If you have any other suggestions on how to fight the winter blues, leave us some suggestions in the comments!