This time of the year can easily become a mood-killer for many people, especially if you are not a cold temperature kind of person! It is easy for us to find ourselves struggling with energy and motivation.

Here’s how you can better embrace the winter season and beat those winter blues!

1. Get Creative: What better time than now to start that creative project you’ve been hoping to do! Take some time to focus on your writing, practice your painting, or create some music. Tackle some DIY projects (Pinterest, anyone?) or try that new recipe. There are so many things you can do to distract from the dreary winter. Find something that you are truly passionate about that will make you happy to be inside.

FYI: an artistic ability is completely optional.

2. Embrace the Cold: Do you want to build a snowman? (Sorry, I couldn’t resist quoting Frozen).

If you are anything like me, you may want to avoid the outside during the winter months at all costs. However, getting outside for some fresh air will do you good! Bundle up and get at least 15 minutes of outside time a day. Go for a walk, try a winter activity such as skiing or just seek out the sun. Your mind and body will thank you!

8493626388_24e3e7caf3_z

3. Enjoy Hunkering Down: As much as you should be getting outside and keeping your body moving, make sure you take the time to relax! Take advantage of those cozy and lazy nights in. Catch up on some reading, take a bath or watch that movie you’ve been saving for a special night. Allow yourself that recharge time and enjoy doing nothing.

4. Stay Healthy: Keeping yourself healthy is especially important during the winter months. With our lack of outside time and binge eating on crappy foods, it is quite easy for us to let our health slide. Eat healthy (make sure you’re getting lots of vitamin D) and keep your body moving! Have fun and get exercise with winter-specific activities such as skating or tobogganing. If you’re not the kind of person to exercise outside, then try some work out videos or participate in the many recreational services we have here at Brock such as fitness classes, swimming or The Zone.

5. Set Goals: Staying motivated in a time that can easily bring you down is important. Keep yourself busy and inspired by setting yourself goals. This will keep you on track and you will feel better getting things accomplished.

6. Volunteer: Get out and give back! Find volunteer opportunities on or off-campus and see how quickly this can improve your mood. Volunteering gives you something to do, allows you to meet other people, and, most importantly, improves the lives of others. Not to mention it looks great on a resume!

7. Bring Spring into Your Space: Open up your curtains and let the natural light shine through! Get some indoor plants or flowers and create a small but effective illusion of Spring. Surrounding yourself with reminders of nature will help you anticipate what’s just around the corner.

5865551877_95e0e8ed7f_z

8. Get Social: Keep busy by making fun plans and spending much needed time with friends and family. Nothing warms you up like a laugh with a friend, hot chocolate with a loved one, or a snuggle in a blanket.

Above all, don’t forget to wear proper footwear when heading outside. You don’t want to let the ice and snow bring you down!