How to Beat the Winter Blues

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Picture courtesy of: http://www.academyoflearning.ab.ca
Picture courtesy of: http://www.academyoflearning.ab.ca

Lounging around in your pajamas, and eating whatever you please, is pretty much a dream come true, but then it all comes to a screeching halt, and we all have to say hello to the winter semester.

You’re probably asking yourself, how in the heck do I get myself back into the groove of slaving away over text books, well you have found the handy pocket guide for how to do just that.

Prepare yourself

Pre plan your daily outfits, wash all your clothes so you have options, and then pick out your outfits for the week. It makes waking up in the morning easier, you don’t have to worry about finding your favorite pair of pants, and digging out a pair of matching socks from the bottom of your drawer. It also saves time, which probably means sleeping in a little bit longer.

Meals

Yes buying your lunch from the cafeteria or Tim Hortons is easy and convenient, but it also can cost a fortune by the end of the week. Three coffees a day, can add up at the end of the month.

Start meal planning, which includes bringing your coffee from home, yes, yes it doesn’t taste the same as the wonderful dirty-sock-water from Tim’s, but it saves money, and most of us don’t have access to unlimited funds.

Bring a lunch every day; a simple sandwich, a KD microwave bowl, or even a dare I say it… salad.. can help with better eating patterns, and maybe healthy choices, which sometimes, just sometimes, lead to less grumpy, less annoyed students.

Schedule Yourself

Although as students, we are only a few weeks into the semester , and while we all have probably written a test or two, or maybe even an essay, it is never too late to make a schedule for your school work.

An agenda is your friend (in some cases your best friend), there is nothing better than the satisfaction of buying a beautiful agenda that can host all your dates, times, deadlines, and tests to study for. It keeps you organized, and better yet, it’s pretty to look at, it may also have stickers (everyone loves stickers…right?).

Friend Time

Lastly, depending on whether you are a domestic or residence student, you probably haven’t seen your friends in a good few weeks, and have some much needed catching up to do.

Pencil some time into your shiney new agenda to go for a coffee and exchange stories from the break. There is nothing better than a good cup of hot-dirty-sock-water and your greatest friends.

With all the resources to beat the winter blues being a hermit is no longer acceptable during the semester, your friends want to see your face, and you probably have to go to at least a few classes.