How To Beat the February Blues

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Whether it’s the sheer amount of snow, or the Valentine’s reminder that you’re single, February is a rough month for students. Midterms and assignments, worrying about shovelling yourself out and getting to class in blizzards, and feeling alone all contribute to the February Blues—a phenomenon that can make students feel unproductive, self-conscious and uninspired.

However, you can have a perfectly productive and rejuvenating February by taking some time to yourself. Here’s how.

Draw yourself a nice bath. Light candles, add some bubbles and bath salts, and enjoy the time to yourself. Life can get hectic, so take an hour out of your day to relax.

After your bath, go ahead and fulfill your skincare routine that you’ve been slacking on (we all forget to do it). Exfoliate, mud mask, moisturize, eye cream. The whole nine yards. Lotion up that dry winter skin and treat your body like a temple.

Have yourself a glass of wine. Or plenty. Or some beer. Whatever your vice—go ahead and enjoy yourself. Read a good book, watch some TV, or play your favourite videogame. Take some time to stop worrying about classwork for an evening. So have some chocolate, a nice hearty meal, and forget your troubles.

Or, you could always invite all of your friends out to dinner, the bar, or to a kitchen party. Spend time with people you care about and let loose. Remember that there is no point in stressing about the romantic love you don’t have or school when you are surrounded by people who love you for all of your faults.

Go shopping with your family. Write that poem/short story/a chapter of that novel you’ve been avoiding. Draw a picture. Just stay busy, and stay excited about the most important person in your life: You.

Go to bed early (or late!) and treat yourself to some true you-time. It’s easy to get into a mood, so put yourself first this month and make the best of it—snow or sunshine.

Emily is in her fourth year of Political Science. She loves studying and academics which follows into her research work. She's a stern black coffee drinker and is a proud Acadienne. When she's not working or doing school work, you can find Emily listening to 70s music on vinyl and watching Parks and Recreation. If you ask her about parliamentary institutions, she won't stop talking.