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How to Make it through Winter when it Feels Impossible

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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at JMU chapter.

We are reaching the time of year when the sunsets later and the air gets colder. Somehow, it’s so much harder to make it through the winter than it is to make it through the summer. The snow always seems to set us back. Between cold air and finals week, it’s a hard time to get through, So, when you start to feel like a bear ready to hibernate, here are a few tips and tricks to get you through the winter.

plan something to look forward to

The easiest way to enjoy passing time is to plan something fun! Going for a lunch with a friend or on a vacation with your family can help the time pass faster. If you make the plans, you have more motivation!

Do something you love

Try to take the time out of each day to do something that makes you happy! Read a book, watch a show, go grab a coffee! Doing something that makes you happy each day can help you feel better! Focus on yourself!

try to embrace the winter activities

Make the most of winter! Romanticize your life by skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, or holiday shopping! There is so much you can do in the winter that often gets overlooked by how cold it is! Do the best to embrace it and give yourself a reason to love the season!

find some indoor activities in your town

Lots of towns have bowling alleys, escape rooms, or laser tag places! Try to check out some of the opportunities to have fun indoors! Try things you’ve never tried or things you didn’t think you’d get to do! You may discover something new you like that can be done regardless of the cold!

bake some holiday treats

There is nothing more wholesome than a feast of holiday cookies paired with the cheesiest Hallmark movies known to man. Bake something yummy and pair it with a happy movie to make things lighter! Curling up on the couch with freshly baked treats can help the cold feel a lot warmer!

Winter is not an easy time! It can often be difficult to stay inside and find things to do. Try to do things for yourself when times get hard. It’s okay to focus on you. Try new things and embrace the cold! You got this!

Jillian is a sophomore Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communications major with minors in Family and Legal Studies! In her free time she likes to read, bake, and spend time with friends!