Beating the winter blues


Illustration: THE BROCK PRESS/Brittany Brooks

Illustration: THE BROCK PRESS/Brittany Brooks

As Canadians, we are all too familiar with the negative aspects of winter. It’s cold, windy and it seems as though the sun never shines. This, along with the piles of essays and exams, can be a lot for one person. It can become very simple to have a few days where you’re feeling completely down, unmotivated and just don’t want to leave your bed. Personally, I have been dealing with anxiety and depression since grade 11 and the past year and half at Brock has helped me learn to manage my mental and physical health. Helping around Brock and the community often makes me feel better, however, I always dread winter.

Don’t get me wrong – snowboarding, tobogganing and the holiday season are awesome, but every student knows how stressful November and December can be. It seems like there’s a never ending number of tasks to complete and the break can never come soon enough. Recently, I created a guide, outlining for myself, how to stay happy and positive during the winter months (and in general), so I will share it with my fellow Brock University peers. So, here’s my guide to beating the winter blues:

1: Go home, put on your favourite jam and break out into song and dance. Beyoncé will always do the trick. Just dance all your worries away.

2: Get off the internet and read, play music, write: do anything that you love. I have a website blocker extension on my computer for certain times and it always works. Just as an example, I block Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr starting from 9:00 p.m. to read a book instead. By the time I go to bed, I’m totally at peace.

3: While the following may sound completely absurd, even if you’ve just had a terrible day and nothing seems to cheer you up, look in the mirror and force yourself to smile – maybe even laugh. When I first tried this I felt crazy, but found that it actually works! Don’t take yourself too seriously and allow yourself to relax for a moment.

4: This one is hard for me but, it’s important to participate in physical activity, even if it’s just in the form of a quick jog around the gym track or going to a yoga class; it’ll make you feel ten times more energized. Plus, you’re doing something that, while perhaps not the most fun, is a rewarding experience just for yourself.

I hope that you can make use these tips for the rest of first semester and also throughout the rest of your time here at Brock. Most importantly, I want to stress the fact that you are not alone. We’re all students here, so make sure you make time for your friends and family and allow them to support you when necessary. If you’re feeling completely overwhelmed and nothing seems to be making you feel better, Brock also has great services available to you, like the Personal Counselling Services (ext .4221) on the fourth floor of the Schmon Tower.

Ace all of your assignments and exams, my fellow Badgers!

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