Dealing with January Blues

Quite honestly, I always think of January as being a dull month, one that entails gray skies, starting school once again, and a whole semester & year ahead of us. I understand how January could be exciting, entering upon new memories & experiences of the new calendar year, but January seems more like a mid-point to me rather than a fresh start. It’s the end of first semester, bearing the stress of final exams, and always ends up being dull & disappointing to me, especially after the excitement of winter breaks dies down and we’re back to the regular routine.

Although it may seem paradoxical, what helps these “winter blues” is going outside. Staying cooped up inside usually doesn’t help as much as seeing the sunlight and spending time with others. My brother once said, “There is no such thing as bad weather, only improper clothing,” and this holds lots of truth. Don’t let the single-digit temperatures stop you from going on afternoon walks or watching the sunrise. Bundle up (coat, hat, gloves, scarf) and, of course, bring some hot coffee, tea, and/or cocoa with you.

Mental health is extremely important—I notice this when I encounter the slippery slope of letting my sanity slip away, stressing about assignments, exams, workouts, and more. These stresses are especially prevalent, for me, in the final trek through winter, one that begins in January after the Christmas season and New Year have ended. My biggest advice for this would be to, yes, calm down, but also plan things to look forward to! This could be literally anything. Happy things ahead always remind me of this quote, where I remember that the best is [probably] yet to come.

Whether it is seeing High School Musical on a Saturday morning, having a slumber party with your four best friends, watching Gilmore Girls before going to bed, or reading that book you’ve been meaning to read, there are fun activities apparent & available in any season. These kind of things are the cure for [almost] anything, and it makes any month, any season, any time much more bearable, happy, and exciting.

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smiling with the frozen pond
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enjoying a blonde mocha on a cold morning
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Seeing the beach in January

“Her attitude is savage, but her heart is pure gold.”

— Unknown

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