Preparing for the cold – The Etownian
Sometimes the colder weather gets the better of us and lands us in the dumps. Here are some ways to fight seasonal depression and enjoy the season!
We both know you have a book on your desk, waiting to be read. Curling up with a good book is a great way to lift your spirits on a quiet day. If you’re having trouble starting your book or the four walls of your bedroom are starting to drive you crazy, find a new reading nook! The High Library, Jay’s Nest, and Blue Bean are all great places to read, but you can also head off campus. Reading a novel in nature might be just what you need.
You may not want to think about your schoolwork, but working ahead can help take the edge off any anxiety surrounding this semester. One idea might be to form a study group with friends to review previous class and work on your homework. Working on any upcoming projects ahead of time can also relieve some stress and give you more free time!
With the days getting shorter, it’s time to get out and enjoy nature! The leaves are changing and the animal world is full of little creatures preparing for winter. There are plenty of places to explore, both on and off campus. You can walk around the lake next to the Leffler chapel or explore the hiking trails. The Conewago Recreational Trail is just seven minutes from campus and is suitable for both walking and cycling. With less light during the day, it is important to get up and go out in the sun.
Don’t forget to reach out to your loved ones! Make plans with friends, catch up with classmates, and call family home. Sometimes reaching out can be difficult, but nothing beats the exciting feeling of making plans with someone you can’t wait to see. Halloween is getting closer, so you and your friends could get together to put on a group costume or make plans for the 31st! If you don’t like costumes, you can form a group to carve and decorate pumpkins.
To combat your boredom, you could learn a new skill, such as knitting or painting. Learning something new is a great way to challenge your mind and have fun! It will take a lot of hard work, but it would be all the more rewarding to see the fruits of your labor, like a freshly made scarf or a colorful canvas. If that’s not a skill, you could learn to play a new game! Whether it’s a newly downloaded game on your phone or a new board game for you and your friends, a new game could quickly become a new favorite!
On top of all the fun stuff, it can also be a good idea to keep your bedroom clean. Keeping a clean and organized room helps your brain feel less cluttered and gives you one less thing to worry about. Picking up dirty laundry and organizing your office is a good start. As you pick up your laundry, you may find that you need to do your laundry. If you do your laundry, you might realize that you should wash your sheets. Just starting to clean up a bit gets the ball rolling and motivates you to get more things ticked off the to-do list.
Above all, remember to be kind to yourself. Give your body plenty of time to rest by always trying to get a full night’s sleep. Remember to eat three meals a day, even if they are not entirely healthy. Don’t forget to treat yourself, perhaps with a hot drink or a pastry. Find the activities that help you get through the cold seasons.