How to Finally Shake Off Those Winter Blues

Here comes the sun! The flowers are blooming. The birds are chirping. The long, long winter months are finally behind us. It’s that time of year that makes you want to celebrate, but if you can’t seem to shake off that hazy feeling cold weather brings, you may struggle to break out of that snowy shell and embrace the good weather come spring. Fear not! For these tips will help you and allow you to look forward to the happy months ahead.

Sit outside as much as possible. The Vitamin D your skin absorbs from the sun has incredible benefits on your brain and body. Try to get at least 30 minutes of sun every day, but don’t forget to apply sunscreen!

Drink a lot of water. I can’t stress this tip enough. Your body needs the increased water intake to flush out all the toxins built up during the dreary, cold, lazy days spent in winter.

Take a walk or go hiking. Grab a friend and go for a quick walk, or explore the Mines of Spain. It’s a beautiful nature preserve only a 10-minute drive away from Loras campus. Bring a friend and a camera, and have a fun impromptu photo-shoot adventure.

Befriend a fluffy animal. Whether it be your own or one borrowed from a friend, petting and playing with animals is proven to stimulate the production of endorphins in the brain, which make you happy.

Volunteer at the Humane Society. Volunteer your time to socialize with the animals, and if you’re a dog person, you can take them outside to enjoy the beautiful weather. Making a nice dog or cat happy for a little while is fun and rewarding, and the good karma will definitely find its way back to you.

Work out. Download a fitness app if you don’t like making your own workout. My favorites are Down Dog for guided yoga and Seven for a quick full-body workout. Have problems self-motivating? Make a pact with a workout buddy or join a group like Ultimate Frisbee Club, Triathlon Club, or even an intramural team. Consider grabbing a friend and heading down to Faber-Clark for an outdoor sweat sesh.

Buy a coloring book and a pack of bright markers. Any kind of coloring book you want, whether it be a Disney princess book, a superhero book or an adult mandala coloring book. If you like to have time to wind down after class and make beautiful art to hang in your room, this is the hobby for you.

Do some spring cleaning. Rearrange or redecorate your room. Changing things up and cleaning out the dusty, dark corners of the room help de-clutter your mind and gives you a sense of accomplishment.

Have you tried all these tricks and still can’t seem to shake off the blues? Book an appointment with one of the Loras counselors. Elizabeth and Tricia go above and beyond to help students in any way possible. Don’t be afraid to reach out to them. Just remember: You don’t have to solve everything today. You don’t have to be strong all the time. Just breathe. Smile. Everything will be okay.

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