Tips on Beating the Winter Blahs

Written By: Sadie Cahill

As a busy student, it’s easy to get flooded with the winter blahs. However, no matter the amount of overwhelming assignments and deadlines, there should always be some time for self care! It can be tough, but there are small things you can do to squeeze in some time for yourself.  Below are 5 easy things to do when you need a little mid-winter TLC!

1. Start a Gratitude Journal

Sometimes we forget all the things in our lives that we have to be thankful for, especially during the more stressful times in our lives. Writing five things down in a journal each day that you are grateful for can help remind you how lucky you are to live the life you do! The best part is that, no matter what kind of life you live and who you are, you can always find five little things to think about that make your day a little brighter.  There’s nothing like some positivity to kick the winters blahs!

 

2. Social Media Vacation

Social media is a great platform to find quite literally anything you may need in the world, however a large number of instant messages and notifications can take up a lot of attention and focus.  Not to mention, it can get overwhelming to feel the need to keep up with everything at all times.  Turning off your phone for even an hour can give you the opportunity to explore alternative activities and hobbies, and learn something about yourself; or, it can just give you a chance to disconnect and take some time to relax, meditate, and recharge.

 

3. Try a New Hobby

A great way to self care is by learning something new! Try something you’ve always wanted to get into but never had the chance, or explore other options through websites and apps.  Pinterest, for example, is full of hobby ideas that are simple and cost effective, guaranteed to provide some fun, relaxation, and even the means to learn a new skill!  Even if you’re not into crafty stuff, there are tons of other options to help you use your time in a meaningful way; whether it’s collecting things or volunteering your time, starting a new hobby is guaranteed to boost your mood and your skill set.

 

4. Exercise!

Although initially exercise can be intimidating, physical activity is a fantastic way to release endorphins and improve your mood, providing awesome benefits not only to your body, but also to your mind. Exercise doesn’t always have to be in the gym, either. Get your daily endorphin release from a long, brisk walk, a home workout, a pilates or yoga online video, or even a bedroom dance party — anything to get your body moving!

 

5. SLEEP, SLEEP, SLEEP!!!

Finally, one of the most important tips for self care is SLEEP! As a student, your body does a lot for you. Between the amount of physical and mental work you do throughout a typical school day, your body needs rest. Regardless of your busy schedules, it is vital that you prioritize 7-8 hours of good sleep a night, allowing you to rest and refresh, ready for success!  Not only does it feel great to be well-rested and ready to take on the day, but studies suggest that getting adequate sleep can prevent things like dementia, cancer, diabetes, general illnesses such as colds, and the negative effects of aging.

If you have other little self-care tips that are beneficial to you and you think could help others, feel free to share!  Remember, self care needs to happen on a daily basis for it to be effective and to keep from disrupting your daily life, so don’t forget to squeeze in some you time every day.