5 Ways to Beat The Winter Blues

By UW Colleges

On the morning of February 2nd, Punxsutawney Phil predicted 6 more weeks of winter. (As if the season wasn’t long enough already). For many of us, the winter blues start to kick in around this time. To help you stay on track and keep your spirits up, we’ve come up with our top five tips to beat the cold weather slump.

1. Enjoy the Winter Weather

cross-country skiing

As hard as it is when it’s chilly out, it is important to get outside every once in awhile. These winter months can make us a little stir crazy, so bundle up and enjoy the fresh winter air. Find an outdoor winter activity you enjoy doing. Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, sledding and ice skating are a few that will boost your heart rate and get those natural endorphins flowing.

2. Get More Light

sunny sky with clouds

In these winter months, our bodies long for the sunshine and longer days of summer. Soak up all the sun you can this time of year. Open your blinds, go for a walk on sunny days or even consider getting a light box. Whatever you can do to get some vitamin D will leave you feeling more energized.

3. Change Your Scenery

person writing on map

Changing your scenery can be as simple as rearranging your room. By giving yourself something new to look at, you won’t feel trapped in the same old space when it feels too cold to go outside. If you have the time and budget, consider a weekend getaway. Changing things up will recharge you just in time for spring.

4. Eat Healthily

bowl of fruit and nuts

When you’re stuck inside all day, it’s easy to grab for comfort foods. However, this may make you feel even worse and tired. Consider increasing your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables for a boost of natural energy. A balanced diet can lead to a balanced and more uplifted mood. 

5. Try Something New

student in library stacks

In the winter, it is easy to sink into the couch and turn on the TV for the evening. Instead of doing this day after day, try something new! Learn a new card game, read that book you’ve been meaning to finish, have an impromptu dance party or try a new recipe. Challenge yourself to find a new means of entertainment that will keep your mind and body active.