Defeat Winter Blues

Is it just me, or is the weather in State College getting colder and colder as the days go by?

For those of you who are dreading the chill and grayness of winter, there is hope. Winter doesn’t have to be the most depressing season. Here are some warm, fun and easy ways to defeat those blues.

Have a luau!

Escape winter by partying like it’s 80 degrees and you’re in Hawaii. Throwing a luau-themed get together is the perfect way to deny the cold weather outside. Gift Adventures located at 137 East Beaver Avenue offers leis in various tropical colors, hula skirts, flower clips and, for those of you who are a little more adventurous, coconut bras. If you want to go the simpler route, Mclanahan’s also has some basic leis. Get the Hawaiian themed supplies, mix up some punch and start hula dancing.

Sure, you might have to slip on your coat for the walk over, but the party will be a nice break from the winter chills.

Make your dorm room or apartment a warm haven

Who doesn’t absolutely love cozying up on the couch in front of a warm fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa and blanket? Okay, you probably don’t have a fire place, and you might not even have a couch. But that does not mean you can’t make your room a warm and cozy space for you to sleep, read or have a study party with your friends (hot chocolate included, of course). Pile some extra pillows and blankets on your bed, hang some pretty Christmas lights around the room and get snugglin’!

P.S. If you’re really craving that fire place, this is the best I can offer.

Get out!

Perhaps the best way to defeat winter blues is to just accept that it’s a chilly season, bundle up in your cutest winter apparel, call up your friends and just embrace this truly beautiful time of year. Plan a winter photo shoot with your friends after the first snowfall or take a walk around campus on a sunny day. Freshman Rachael Deckman avoids winter depression by participating in a widely loved snowy activity: sledding. “I don’t have a sled at college, but maybe I can find a makeshift sled,” she says. Lunch trays, anyone?

Photo by Shreel Parikh

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