Combat The Winter Slump

Posted by on Dec 6, 2017 in ComLead

Everyone knows that when winter hits and days grow shorter and nights longer that our motivation to get things done tends to die quickly. There’s a number of reasons as to why this happens, including lack of sunlight and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), but what we should focus on is how to combat the laziness and sadness that itches at our hearts when the weather gets colder.

So here are some ways to take care of your body and to make the most of this winter season:

  • Appreciate winter activities!
    • Just because it is cold doesn’t mean that there is suddenly nothing to do. Build a snowman or go to one of Buffalo’s fine outdoor ice rinks for a skate. Then stop for a hot chocolate and watch the snowfall. Combat the cold by enjoying what it has to offer.
  • Watch movies
    • If you’re going to stay in due to the weather anyway then take some time for some Holiday films. They are not everyone’s cup of tea but try challenging yourself not to feel some kind of emotion when watching one of Lifetime’s many cheesy flicks. If anything it could be a more fun experience than emotional anyway.
  • Watch out for your neighbors
    • Winter weather can be devastating on the elderly so keep an eye out for your neighbors who may need some extra help this season and you’ll feel better in exchange.
  • Eat your vitamins!
    • Disclaimer – Always talk with your doctor, BUT taking vitamins can most definitely help your body feel fresh even when the weather attempts to wear you down.
  • TRY not to fuss over presents
    • The best gift of all is your company so do not let the Holiday season become consumed with the need to buy your family and friends the entire world, especially if you’re on a budget. They will understand when money is tight and they’d likely rather just spend time with you anyway then receive another candle.

Devon Bradley, M.S. Communication & Leadership ’19

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