Dear Blue: Getting through the last weeks of winter


Illustration by Adelyn Sim ’24.

Dear Blue, seasonal depression is too real, and Spring Break is too far away. How do I maintain my energy through the last few weeks of winter? 

Between the freezing weather and dark arriving before 5 p.m, winter is the absolute worst time of the year. Not to mention, it seems that during Hill’s winter the work never seems to end. Thus, it is no surprise that these inevitable aspects of the winter months can take a toll on your well-being. Personally, I have found that one of the most important aspects of maintaining your mental health during these cold months is creating and sticking to a routine. I have found that this leads to not only a stronger sense of productivity but also less stress and anxiety. For some, this suggestion of a daily schedule may seem daunting, so here are a few easy tips to get started and hopefully boost your serotonin:

  • Prep your day the night before. This can mean different things to different people, but for me it means stopping homework by a specific time. For me, I have seen this boost my productivity and lead to establishing a healthier sleep schedule. After homework, I find it helpful to tidy up and plan out elements of the next day, such as an outfit, any meetings, or creating a schedule, so that you can go into tomorrow with a plan. After prepping, use this time to shower and wind down before bed with a book or a TV show. Never feel guilty for allowing yourself to relax.
  • Give yourself something to look forward to each day. Never underestimate the little things. Perhaps this means waking up earlier and going to breakfast with a friend or practicing a new skill during afternoon activity. Maybe you could watch the pilot of that new show on Netflix during your free period or walk your dorm parent’s dog. Maybe it’s even smaller than that: you use an aromatherapy tablet in the shower or congratulate your hallmate on a recent performance. Choose one thing to look forward to each day, and make it a priority, an accomplishment.
  • Reach out for help if you need it. You live in a community where there are resources to help you if you need to talk, unwind, or vent. Though schoolwork is time consuming, it is important to make time for yourself and to allow yourself to feel difficult things. You are a valued member of this community, and people care very much about you. Please take care of yourself. Reach out to [email protected] if you need it!

I hope these tips were helpful and that you are inspired to carpe diem. I believe in you, and I know that, even though things might be difficult right now, you will persevere.