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How to Avoid the Winter Rut: Students Don’t Hibernate!

Posted Feb 24 2012 - 12:31am

          Everyone knows that feeling of cuddling in bed, knowing it’s colder outside the blanket and not wanting to brave it.  Yet the day won’t wait.  It can be hard to break out of the ‘winter rut,’ especially when it comes to getting out of a warm bed.
          Snuggling and movies are favorite student pastimes, along with enjoying coffee, hot chocolate and cookies. The combination of hibernating and eating makes for lazy and bored students. However, the fact of the matter is that students can’t hibernate, and they shouldn’t act like it’s the inevitable part of winter. Winter only comes once a year and students should enjoy it, rather than complain about it and avoid it like the Plague.
          Here are several tips on how to avoid this seemingly inevitable hibernation:

1.) To combat those cold winter mornings when getting out of bed is even hard, get a space heater. What if those are not allowed in student buildings? Get footie pajamas, the warmest clothes since Eskimo jackets.

2.) Since the weather is cold, the chances of an outside activity are slim to none. Try fitness classes at the Colvin, bowling, ice skating in Oklahoma City going to a concert, or going shopping.

3.) If it’s snowing or icy, going somewhere in a car can be difficult, if possible at all. Then try a workout video, board game, painting nails, facials, or build a fort.

4.) Watching a movie gets really old and turns into the lazy, go-to activity. Instead, go on a walk, but bundle up first if it is still cold. Go when the weather is the brightest, which will lift low spirits.

5.)  Snacking during winter is a hard habit to break. Get online and search for healthy recipes and try something new. Great tasting foods can still be healthy and quell the inevitable snacking urge, and making them solves the boredom issue.

Learn more about ways to beat lack of motivation by doing some research. Check out http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellness_articles.asp?id=341for some new perspectives on lifestyle changes or http://paradigmedge.com/random-thoughts/cabin-fever-inside-winter-fun-in-okc/for fun activities in the area to try out.

           Sadly for the human race, there is no such thing as hibernation. However, there is still fun to be had in these winter months. Just get out there and check it out.

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