Beating the Winter Blahs

Every year around mid-winter I feel my temperament start to drop and my spirits sink. It’s not that I’m sad, it’s just that winter, as a season, is pretty draining! While winter can be fun for the first few months, by the time February rolls around, the cold and dreary weather has gotten to be mundane and tiring.

The dreary feeling many people experience during the winter season can be due to seasonal affective disorder (SAD) which is a serious thing that afflicts people every year, and if you have it, take it seriously! However, winter can still make you feel down even if you’re not afflicted by the depression. So, anyone can follow these tips just to cheer up the winter days a bit more. Plus, before we know it, Spring will be here again!

My only disclaimer is that these are (by no means) fool proof ways to have happy days. I just know what I do to cheer myself up a little bit on the worst of the cold and snowy days, so I’m spreading the knowledge on to you!

Grow something- Seeing something grow during the winter is a super rewarding. All that white outside? Make it green inside!

(My little bud! I can't wait for her to bloom. I named her Petulia.)
(My little bud! I can’t wait for her to bloom. I named her Petulia.)

Drink a warm beverage- It makes you all warm and fuzzy inside. Duh. Nah, what’s better than holding a nice cup of hot chocolate?

(One of my favorites from the bistro is the venti mocha, it's the pick-me-up that is always needed!)
(One of my favorites from the Bistro is the venti mocha, it’s the pick-me-up that is always needed!)

Go to the movies- Step out of your comfort zone, get off the couch, grab some popcorn, some friends and go! Bonus points if you see something you never thought you would!

(I went to the art museum Munson Williams to go see Carol, a film I didn't think I would go and see.)
(I went to the art museum Munson Williams to go see Carol, a film I didn’t think I would go and see.)

Try something new- “When’s the last time you did something for the first time”? There’s loads of winter activities! Go skiing, ice skating, or sledding.

My radio show is my something new! I’ve had shows in the past, but never by myself! So this semester I decided to just jump right in.

Resist the urge to stay in bed all day- Ever feel more tired after a long day in bed than when you’re mobile? Keep going! Netflix and chill isn’t for everyday!

Exercise- 30 minutes of exercise can keep your mind de-stressed. Head to the Dome and get a good workout in! Don’t feel like running? Get on the bike and enjoy a good book or catch up on your favorite shows! There’s your Netflix and chill.

Winter can be tough! But I have faith we will all make it through. See you on the other side my friends.