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Fighting the Winter Blues

January 17, 2018

Indiana has had quite a bit of snow and blustery winter weather recently. Don’t let it get you down!

Trudging all the way across campus to class while it’s snowing can make even the most cheerful college student say that they hate winter. But this week on the blog we’ll share a few ways that you can beat that attitude! Fight those winter blues by either embracing the winter completely or constantly reminding yourself of spring.

Embracing the winter.

1. Buy new accessories. Get a new cozy scarf to stay warm. Or look for a new pair of gloves to replace your old ones with holes in them. New boots will help your feet stay warm no matter how many slush puddles you have to tromp through. Make it a point to find a crazy hat that people will notice all the way across campus!

2. Find cool coffee shops. Make it a game to find a new place to warm up with coffee or hot chocolate. It’s easy to fall into a habit of always buying coffee on campus or making it in your dorm. Grab a bunch of friends or your significant other and get off campus. See if you can visit all the coffee shops nearby!

3. Make comfort food. Baking cookies will make your apartment smell delicious and your roommates love you! Plus nothing can warm you up better than a gooey chocolate chip cookie. Or find a recipe for a good soup or stew that will remind you of home-cooking. Warm meals are an easy way to make the best of the cold weather.

4. Be creative. Gather a bunch of plain paper, several pairs of scissors, colored pencils or crayons, and a group of friends. Making paper snowflakes to hang in your dorm room or lobby can be a fun stress reliever from class. You can find lots of patterns online. (Here are some Star Wars and Marvel and DC patterns for you).

5. Allow yourself to be nostalgic. Remember when you were a kid and loved the winter because it meant snow days and sledding down the tallest hill you could find? You may not get as many snow days in college, but find time to play! Bundle up and convince your friends to go make snow angels. As soon as you’re outside, start a snowball fight!

Remind yourself of spring!

6. Brighten up your computer. Find a picture of a summer day, bright sunshine, the beach, or anything else that reminds you of warmer weather. College students use their laptops every day, so you can look at the beautiful spring day when doing your homework instead of gray skies.

7. Throw a party! Sometimes ignoring the negative degree weather outside is the best option. Tell all your hallmates to wear shorts, Hawaiian shirts, sunglasses, and find a bunch of leis at a party store. Drape bright streamers everywhere and serve foods that remind you of a backyard cookout, like hotdogs and popsicles. Put on a movie that has no hint of snow in it, and enjoy your makeshift summer day.

8. Keep plants in your room. Lots of people dread the winter because there’s nothing outside but empty trees, dreary gray ice and slush, and not much warmth or color. Fix this by adopting some plants! I usually had two or three succulents on my desk at school, which are hard to kill and only need watering once a week or so. Or try going through the flower section in your grocery store or local nursery to add a little bit of color to your room.

9. Travel! If you are so tired of the winter that you need to get away, find somewhere warmer to go for a long weekend or for spring break. Florida, Texas, Mexico, and California are all popular places to go when you’re looking for warmer weather. So keep a change jar on your desk (and actually drop money in it!) and count the days till your awesome trip.

10. Do spring activities. Remind yourself of spring by doing some of those fun springtime things. If there’s no snow on the ground, use sidewalk chalk to color sunny days or encouraging messages for your fellow students to enjoy. If it’s a windy day, find a colorful kite at the nearest Walmart or toy store and let it soar. Doing some of these things are also a good way to take a break from your studies for a few minutes!

Winter can be a tough time to stay motivated for a lot of students. But press on and try these ways to make the best of even the snowiest days.


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