Beating the Winter Blues

Submitted by Alexis Richmond, President

Brrrr. I think we can all agree that the below negative temperatures have taken the winter season to a new extreme this year! Winter’s shorter, darker, and colder days can lead to feelings of sadness or fatigue. Below, I will highlight five different ways that you can keep that pep in your step during the winter season.

1. Prepare for the weather

There is nothing worse than being stuck in a snowstorm unprepared. I would advise everyone to always keep a coat, hat, and gloves in their vehicle in case of emergencies. This will also give you peace of mind that you will be prepared for the cold temperatures when they come your way!

2. Keep a consistent routine

For me, my days always go better if I have a routine of what I am doing. This involves everything from my sleep schedule, when I am going to eat, and what times I am going to work on schoolwork. Without sticking to a good routine, our internal rhythm can get off, which will create a sluggish feeling.

3. Stay active

Finding time to stay active and exercise each and every day has proven benefits to better your mood. There are a wide variety of exercises you can do from the comfort of your home, and the work will be worth it! I would suggest starting out exercising for a short period of time and then increasing that time as you go.

4. Spend time with your family and friends

While this is something that we should be doing year-round, it is especially important to spend time with those you enjoy during the winter months. From playing board games to watching a movie, there are plenty of indoor activities to pass the time. It is also important to have meaningful conversations with your family and friends!

5. Get some fresh air and sunlight

Even with the cold temperatures, it is extremely important to take a few minutes each time to get outside in the fresh air and sunlight! Even with just a few minutes, the fresh air and sunlight will re-energize you and help increase your mood. Just be sure to bundle up!