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Winter is Snow Joke! Little Tricks to Shake the Winter Blues

Winter is Snow Joke! Little Tricks to Shake the Winter Blues

Aaniin! For many, winter is their favourite season—filled with snow, cozy fires, winter sports, all the beautiful, twinkly lights. If you’re like me however, winter can be a difficult time. It doesn’t make it any easier that it seems to take up most of the year. I wanted to share with you little ways I try to shake the winter blues!

Enlisting in the Help of a Happy Light

A Happy Light simulates natural daylight while boosting energy and mood. Long days of waking up at 6 am to take the train into the city and then making the commute home late after a long day can take such a toll on you. The Happy Light is something simple that I’ve added to my routine which was a game changer.

happy light on bedside table

The Difference a Humidifier Will Make

This was something I heard about online—I was a bit skeptical at first, but the difference is definitely noticeable. I hadn’t realized how dry the air was in at my house until I got the humidifier. You can add drops of lavender essential oils to some to really treat yourself before bed.

Staying Active

picture of me snowshoeing

I feel like for most this is an obvious one, but I just wanted to stress how important it is. Sometimes just leaving the house is big for me. Even if it’s just for half an hour a day, being active will make a big difference where mental health is concerned. If you find it difficult to stay motivated, enlist in the help of a friend to keep you accountable!

Eating Well

kale pesto pasta with vegetable sides and sausage

I know how hard it is to ask students to make full meals, life just gets way too busy that the effort is almost too much to even think about. I love cooking with others –inviting friends and loved ones over to eat together is sometimes all the motivation I need.

Have Something to Look Forward To

concert

The academic year largely takes place during the winter months and this can really impact those that suffer from the winter blues. One way I try to combat this is by planning hikes, concerts, and other events to look forward to. I can’t stress enough how important it is to find a balance that works for you.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Support

friends

If you’re struggling, I know it can be difficult but it’s important to remember that you are not alone. You are loved and supported! Sometimes being a part of such a large campus can feel isolating, but there are people here who want to see you succeed and be the best you. I’m so thankful for my support system!

Learn to listen to your body and it’s needs, your health is important! Just finding little ways to improve parts of your daily routine will make a difference.

If you think you or someone you know is experiencing difficulty, having thoughts or feelings that are hard to cope with, and it’s impacting day-to-day life please reach out!

Student Life: links to Health & Wellness resources can be found here.

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