5 Essentials For A Relaxing Winter Season

5 Essentials For A Relaxing Winter Season

Winter break, do it your way.

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Winter break always seems to come at just the right time. As full-time students we are always looking for that break, right? I know I am constantly throughout the semester. So here it is. You don't have any school work (well hopefully) and if your coming from a university you typically have about 3 weeks vacation time to rest, recharge, reboot, unwind, lay back, relax, sleep in, drink wine, binge Netflix, go out, celebrate, enjoy the holidays, and savor these three weeks as they will be the last of the relaxing kind for at least the next six months. Once January rolls around it's right back to the books, so make the most of this time.

1. Do something for yourself 

Each week, set aside a day or just a couple hours for yourself. Get your nails done, your hair done, get a massage, workout, go out for a drink with your hometown bestie, buy yourself a Christmas gift, have some alone time, take yourself out to lunch. Just make sure you put aside some time to do something special for yourself before things start to get crazy again.

2. Make time for family + friends 

While being home, your time is mostly going to your family and friends anyway, but make sure you spend ample amounts of time with your Mom, because you know she is going to shoot you that "I miss you" text like 4 hours after you've left to head back to school.

3. Binge your favorite Netflix shows 

What better time to watch your favorite's, especially since you have so much time to just chill. Find those couple of shows that make you want to curl up in bed and not leave until you've watched all 10 seasons and know exactly what the characters did for their Thanksgiving this year (IRL) of course.

4. Pull an all-nighter 

Pull an all-nighter OF YOUR CHOICE, not one that's purely for that 9 a.m. exam you have in the morning. All-nighters have such a bad stigma behind them but they don't have to be bad. Stay up all night or until you can manage, buy some wine, find your favorite movies, snacks, drinks, and people to celebrate the night with, I guarantee you'll have a ball.

5. Prepare for the upcoming semester 

Get your schedule and notebooks ready for the upcoming semester the first week your home so that you don't spend the last couple of days running around trying to get things together.

The end of the year is always a hectic time. Thanksgiving, Christmas, bringing in the new year, visiting mom and dad, hanging out with friends, family, wrapping gifts, traveling, parties, and so many other commitments. BUT, while it's important to visit family and attend holiday parties it's also essential that you have a few days of relaxation in order to collect yourself for the new year that is to come.

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18 Reasons Why I Hate Winter (As Told By A Winter Hater)

Winter, why must you exist?
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I have never been a winter person. I don't like snow, sweaters, or being cold. There are literally only a couple of things I like about the winter time (like Christmas) but I could be anywhere in the world and celebrate Christmas... why do I have to celebrate it while being cold???

Since winter is coming, here are just some of the "few" reasons why a winter hater (aka me) HATES winter:


1. You have to be extra careful driving

I already hate driving when it's warm, sunny, and not a cloud in the sky... but add slush, snow, and gloomy skies to the mix and I don't ever want to get in my car... ever.


2. You lose all of your gloves, scarves, and head warmers

What happened to my glove? Let me just retrace all of my steps today to go back and try to find the little straggler that fell out of my pocket probably 5 hours ago.


3. Your nose is always running

Say goodbye to looking cute for your crush across the classroom... all he'll be listening to is your sniffles and seeing drips of mucus coming out of your nostrils


4. You lose all feeling of your nose and ears because of how cold it is

I wish I remembered what it was like to have a nose or ears during the winter, but they're too busy being numb from the below freezing temperatures outside.


5. Your gas/electric bill is way more expensive

I'm in college. I'm poor. Why winter... why????


6. Let's take a stroll in the park....

Lol jk can't even leave the house or you'll turn into an icicle


7. You burn up in all of the buildings from the 15 layers you have on, then when you go outside you are even more cold because you were sweating from burning inside the building

It's a vicious cycle


8. You are always wet..

From snow, from sweat, from rain, from sleet, from your tears....


9. Your skin is always dry

Excuse me while I shed like a freaking snake and itch until I bleed for the next 4 months.


10. Where's the sun?

Miss you baby... come back to me soon.


11. You have so much more laundry

FROM WEARING 15 LAYERS A DAY YOUR LAUNDRY HAMPER GOES FROM 0 to 100 REAL QUICK


12. You have to put on so many layers just to take out the garbage

I just want to get rid of my trash in my shorts and flip flops... but nooo, winter just doesn't allow it


13. You can't just get in your car and leave... you have to defrost and scrape and shovel

Which means getting up 15 minutes earlier. Ugh.


14. Getting out of the shower is almost worse than getting out of bed in the morning

It's just so warm and steamy, then your naked body turns in to a snowman as soon as you step out of the shower


15. The damn static in your hair and on your clothes... there aren't enough dryer sheets in the world to solve that problem

Thanks Downy for trying so hard


16. It's falling season...

Walking is more difficult than ever because of the icy ground.. this is not good for us clumsy people


17. You can't run outside without coming back with frost bite

Do I really have to spend the next 4 months on the treadmill?


18. Everyone is always sick

And for us hypochondriac's that is not something you want to mess with.


I've tried to like you winter, but we just don't get along. Maybe one day I'll understand the loveliness of your snow and your nasty bitterness, but for now I'm just going to sit and mope until the end of March.

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10 Tips For Dealing With Those 'Winter Quarter Blues'

Everyone has to deal with the winter blues this time of year, but when you're in college in the PNW, it can be much harder to deal with, this is a list of tips to help conquer it.

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The Winter Blues. Because of the shorter days, less sunlight, and the end of the holidays, it can be really hard to get yourself out of bed in the morning, let alone go to your classes. Here are some tips for dealing with this blue time of year, to get you through your winter quarter.

Exercise.

I know. I'm tired of hearing it too. But its true. Exercise is good for you and for so much more than losing weight. It can promote better sleep, give you more energy, and just give you a much needed boost of self confidence as well. Even a brisk walk can help you start reaping the benefits.

Consider Investing in a Blue Light.

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While not the cheapest option, investing in one of these Blue Light lamp's can be beneficial. I use one myself during the darker winter months. The blue light mimics UV rays, and can be helpful in fighting off the winter blues and giving your body that extra dose of energy. You can read more about picking one here

Limit Alcohol Consumption.

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This makes me sound like such a buzzkill, I know. But alcohol is a depressant, and the last thing you need during the darker winter months is a hangover and the Booze Blues. I know that its college and its fun to get lit with your friends, but be careful with your drinks and use your best judgment. Drink a glass of water in between each alcoholic drink if you can. You'll thank me when you aren't missing class due to a hangover.

Keep a Regular Sleep Schedule.

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Sleep is how your body heals itself and restores function. Denying yourself some good, regular sleep is asking for trouble. The less sleep you have, the more likely you are to be depressed, or exhibit risk-taking behavior. So turn off your phone, curl up, and get some good ZZZs.

Vitamin D.

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Take some supplements. Part of the reason we're tired and sad during Winter Quarter is that the sun is gone and we're not receiving any of the health benefits its radiant rays bring us. Pick some Vitamin D up from your local store and supplement your body until the sun decides to show its face again

Take a Mental Health Day.

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With everything going on, sometimes it can seem impossible to find a moment to rest. Sometimes you just need a day to stay at home and breathe and so you can't deny yourself the occasional mental health day. Everything in moderation. Don't skip all of your classes for a week, it'll make things worse in the long run, but giving yourself a three day weekend once a month can be beneficial.

Fresh air.

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As cold as it is, go outside, take a breath. It'll give you a moment to organize your brain and slow you to get some fresh air instead of continuing to breathe in all the dust you've been breathing in inside. If you go for a short walk, you can hit two birds with one stone!

See your friends!

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It can be easy to isolate when you're dealing with seasonal depression and still trying to pass your classes. Again, all in moderation. See your friends, isolating yourself is just going to make you feel worse in the long run and it won't help you at all.

Take A Moment.

Take a moment for some mindfulness. With classes, homework, friends, relationships, etc swimming around in your brain, it can be hard to keep things straight, so its worthwhile to take a moment and focus on one thing. Your brain will thank you for it.

SAD? See a Doctor.

Do you think you're exhibiting severe signs of seasonal depression? Sadder than just the Winter Quarter Blues? It would be worthwhile to talk to your Doctor about SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, otherwise known as SAD. Sometimes, its a bigger problem than going for a jog or getting some extra time in the sun can fix.

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