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Thursday, May 30, 2024

Fending off the winter blues

When the Wisconsin winter gets brutal, try out these remedies to stay motivated.

Badgers, if you’re anything like me, the thought of gray skies and mushy snow in Madison is not a happy one. Each winter, I find myself lacking in motivation when it comes to school and social activities. All I want to do is cuddle up in bed and watch Netflix, especially when the alternative is walking to class in below-zero conditions. However strong these urges may be, there are ways to fend them off. Follow my list of ways to stay motivated this winter.

1. If you’re feeling sluggish, try going to the gym

During winter months, it’s difficult to stay active. I find myself spending summer days engaging in physical activities that don’t suit cold weather. On days you’re feeling extra lousy from being trapped inside, try going to the gym. Even if it's only for 30 minutes, a little bit of physical activity might raise your spirits and get your energy up. 

2. Do your homework at your favorite campus study spot

When I’m feeling unmotivated during snowy months, the littlest activities perk me up. Starting a study session can be difficult when all you want to do is relax. Getting a coffee often encourages me to do my homework, especially if there’s a nice, quiet cafe I can go to. I’ve found that a change of scenery can be super motivating when I’m struggling to focus on my homework. 

3. Set aside some me time

Self-care is so important, especially in college. With coursework, jobs and additional commitments, life can be pretty hectic. Finding time each day to do something for yourself might be just what you need to reset your mind and gain motivation to continue with the many tasks in your busy life. Whether that’s reading a book or watching an episode of TV, taking care of yourself may keep you from experiencing burnout. 

4. Plan activities to look forward to 

It’s easy for me to sit here and preach about going to class or the gym, or being on top of homework, but at the end of the day, we all face these motivational challenges at one point or another. Some weeks feel endless and the duties just pile up. During these times, one way to motivate yourself is by setting up a fun activity to do in the future. I’ve found that during a long week of exams and papers, looking forward to a movie night with my friends keeps me going. Giving yourself plans to look forward to can motivate you through the rough patches.

Don’t let the winter blues conquer you this semester. It’s important to remember that while Wisconsin winters may seem daunting and endless, there will come a day when the sun melts the snow and warms the air. Until then, give these remedies a go, and you might find yourself feeling a little more motivated during the dreary days.

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