How to Survive the Winter Blues

Delicate sprinkles of snow, cozy holiday movies paired with a delicious cup of hot cocoa, sleep-in-until-11-am snow days, the glistening shine of holiday lights: the perfect recipe for a perfect season.

Winter’s the type of season to sit back and reflect: the beginning of the season celebrates the end of a year, including all your favorite holidays, and the start of a new chapter with goals to help put you into that mindset.

Although so many people face seasonal depression during this time of year, there’s many activities that can help manage sadness and brighten the things that make winter so great.

Let’s start out with movies: there’s an endless amount of holiday movies that help crack a smile on anyone’s face. My favorite is Elf, starring Will Ferrell and his lovable character Buddy. It’s a tale of perseverance, and can relate to the feeling of trying to find your place in the world while also discovering the “world’s best cup of coffee.” Another fan favorite is A Charlie Brown Christmas. Although it’s \ a TV special rather than a movie, iconic comebacks and nostalgic music fill this 30-minute cartoon and remind us of the true spirit of the holiday season.

Weather-wise, looking at the snow-covered world as a wondrous part of New England’s four-season beauty is a perfect way to load your photo library with aesthetic winter photos and possibly upload them to your Pinterest boards. Don’t forget the awesome view of Worcester Common’s holiday lights at night: it’s mah-velous.

In addition, there’s plenty of activities to take part in as a result of the wintery weather: go outside and build a snowman! Sled down Quinsigamond Community College’s hill or take a trip over to Ski Ward and tube with your family and friends. If you opt to stay inside, make yourself a warm cup of tea and curl up on your couch with a good book.

Finally, enjoy this time of the year! School can be demanding and a stress factor for all, and winter can help take away some of the anxiety-induced assignments. 

So far, we’ve already had one snow day (and hopefully plenty more to come), and if this article hasn’t helped, look outside your window and think about how great it is to experience all four seasons here in New England. Winter shouldn’t be a season to loathe: we should enjoy it and embrace the unique things this time of the year has to offer.

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