As we continue on in the coldest months of the year—in midterm season no less—it’s easier than ever to burn out and get sick. Things are starting to get busy and overwhelming. With more and more due dates approaching, it’s no wonder everyone seems to be getting sick. Late nights often can’t be avoided in university, but remember to try for that recommended eight hours, and to sleep in when you can. Getting enough sleep is the best way to stay healthy and focused. With temperatures dropping—and then rising basically every other week—our bodies are more susceptible to illness. The dark, dreary months have also been known to bring down morale. Vitamin D, which we get less of in the winter, greatly increases serotonin and makes you happier, so moods can get low. All this to say that now more than ever, it’s important to take care of yourself.
Breaks are super important. I know how easy it is to fall into the “lazy trap,” thinking that taking a break means you’re not productive or working hard. But breaks and resting are not lazy! In fact, productivity requires them. Schedule time into your day to watch a show, do some reading or a craft, or whatever helps you to relax and feel good. Taking care of yourself mentally and physically is more important than hitting those deadlines. And hang in there, in a few weeks we’ll be back to having sunlight.