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3 Ways To Cure Those Winter Blues

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Darlene Megino BookRenter Blogger Biography

Do you have a case of the winter blues? The winter season, especially this time of year when spring is right around the corner, can make you feel so drab when you’re indoors so much, the sunlight is minimal, and the weather is so cold! There are many ways to get over the winter blues. Here are three suggestion to help you boost your mood during the rest of this winter season!

1. Exercise

Exercising helps your body release endorphins. Endorphins are the chemicals that help trigger that positive feeling you get after your work out. If the weather isn’t too cold, try going for a jog outside with some friends. The fresh air and company will definitely alleviate the depression from being indoors all day. If the weather is too cold, open up all the curtains, turn on all the lights, and do a video workout from YouTube! My favorite workouts from Youtube are videos from Blogilates.

2. Brighten Your Wardrobe

If you are surrounded by pops of bright color, then you’ll feel that bright energy of spring and summer. You can always add a splash of color to your wardrobe any time of the year! It is crucial to make sure to add some color to your gloomy days. Go all out and pair bright colored pants with a bright top! If that’s a little bit of too much color for you, wear a bright coat, scarf, or purse. Just seeing vibrant colors will make a big difference to brighten your mood!

3. Light Up Your Life 

Sometimes all you need is a bright space to make you feel happy. Get a new lamp or add some decorative lights around your room or bed to do some light therapy. If you want to take it up a notch, light some candles to bring in more light and a relaxing vibe. When selecting candles to light, pick candles that have spring or summer scents.

It may be hard to believe, but spring is coming! Hang in there during these last few weeks of winter, as brutal as they may be. What do you like to do to help cure the winter blues? Leave a comment below!

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10 Winter Break Activities That Won’t Break The Bank

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Sylwia Baran

Winter break is about half-way through! If you haven’t taken advantage of your time off from school yet, it’s time to start getting serious about having some fun! Here are some suggestions to make sure your winter break is all you could ask for before starting the new semester.

1. Snow Tubing

This doesn’t have to cost a single penny. All you need is snow, a hill, and a garbage lid. Grab some family members and/or some friends and you’ve got a great day ahead of you!

2. Netflix

Winter break is the time to lounge on the couch and binge on your favorite shows and movies. Make some hot chocolate, put on your fuzzy socks, and really get into it – this is the time!

3. Baking

Take this time out of college to try out a few new recipes. The internet is filled with some great ideas, some are even winter festive! If you already know how to bake, try baking something new, if you don’t know how to bake, this is your chance to learn! Once you are done, you will have some delicious snacks to munch on later.

4. Museums

Many museums have “free days” on which you do not have to pay an entrance fee. Take advantage of these! If you go with a couple of friends, it is actually a lot of fun!

5. Re-Organize Your Closet

After four months of piling your laundry all over the place, take a day out of your winter break to clean up a bit. Organize your closet. Go through clothes that no longer fit or you will not longer wear and donate them. Do some laundry and get everything back into place. Doing this always gives me the feeling of a fresh start, which is great for the upcoming Spring semester.

6. Read

Even though you’re probably sick of books by the end of each semester, use your winter break to do something you may not get the chance to do during the semester: read for pleasure.

7. Re-connect With Friends

While classes are in session, it’s hard to keep up with all of our friends in between midterms, finals, and papers. This is the perfect time to re-connect with some of those friends and make some lasting memories.

8. Rent A Cabin

Gather a larger group of your friends and rent a cabin for a couple of days. When you split the cost between all of you, it is not that expensive. If you really want a challenge, do this without the iPads, laptops, and cell phones. Sometimes it is nice to get back in tune with nature.

9. Earn Some Extra Cash

Use the few weeks you have off to earn some extra spending money for the upcoming semester. Find a temporary gig, work in the catering hall, or pick up some extra shifts at your current job while you have the time off.

10. Relax

Whether that means taking a bubble bath or going out dancing, remember to relax this winter break! You deserve to relax before the upcoming semester.

What have you been doing for your winter break? Share with us in the comments!

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Making The Most Of Your Winter Break

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Cameron Tranchemontagne Blogger Biography





In case you haven’t thought of what you can do this winter break, here are some fun and hopefully rewarding things you can do this to keep the boredom at bay.

1.  Go Outside

Yes, it’s cold outside, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay inside! If you live up north, like myself,f there will generally be a lot of snow. Sure, shoveling off the driveway isn’t always the ideal winter activity but snow can be just as much fun as it can be annoying. Snowball fights, making snowmen, building an igloo, or snowshoeing and enjoying the scenery are just a few ways to make the best of the snow.

2.  Reach Your Fitness Goals

One of the biggest reasons people don’t practice good fitness is because they feel that they just don’t have enough time in the day. Well now you have all the time in the world, so what’s stopping you? Even if it’s miserable outside you can still exercise indoors. Go to a gym, get a Wii, or if you have your own treadmill and weights gathering dust, then go use them! One way I stay in shape is by ice skating. Ice skating is a fantastic workout for cardio especially. Five minutes of hard skating and you’ll be panting.

3. Read

Read those books you’ve been telling yourself you’d get around to eventually. There’s not many things better than sitting by a roaring fire with a good book and a winter beverage like egg nog or hot chocolate. If you do this once a day for an hour every day you might even make it through an entire trilogy; or at least one book of the Game of Thrones series. Though this activity isn’t the most social one, it’s nice to share the fire and the relaxation with one or two other readers.

4.  See A Movie

Winter break is the best time to go see a movie. Whether to go on a date, to go with friends/family, or even by your lonesome, a good movie night is usually the perfect end to a busy day full of winter activities.

5. Community Service

There is nothing more rewarding than putting in your time and effort to help those less fortunate than yourself. For many of us the winter is a time of holidays, family, and relaxation. But for others who can’t afford to heat their home, or who don’t even have a home, it is a time of hardship and struggle incomparable to any other time of the year. Lend a helping hand by volunteering at a food pantry, participating in Toys For Tots, donating warm clothes, and donating any food you can spare. No matter what you do, I can guarantee that you’ll feel great about what you’ve done and you might even make someone else’s holiday season.

Hopefully now you feel like you will have a busy winter break if you didn’t think so already.

What are you most looking forward to doing?

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Top 10 Tips for Winter Quarter

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Darlene Megino Blogger Biography





Winter quarter is quickly approaching! Here are ten ways on how to prepare for an awesome winter quarter!

1. Online Courses:

Winter quarter is usually the quarter when students opt for online courses. If your college offers online courses, I suggest you take them! Not only do you get to stay home in your cozy bed, but you also have more free time to work/intern.

2. Balance Your Classes:

It has been known to students everywhere that winter quarter is when students take their hardest classes of the year. If you’re taking 3 upper division classes, then I suggest taking a fun class to balance out your harder classes. You could get in touch with your artsy side, learn a new language, take a creative writing class, or even relax in a yoga class.

3. Stock Up On Vitamin C:

Every winter quarter I somehow magically get a cold a week before an important exam. All I do is drink vitamin C all day and that cold disappears within a few days. You can purchase Vitamin C packets such as “Emergen-C” from Walmart, CVS or Target. Trust me, it really works!

4. Recycle Your Summer Wardrobe:

Who says you can’t wear your summer clothes in winter? Instead of buying a brand new wardrobe for the winter season, just recycle your summer wardrobe! Take a simple summer dress, add some leggings, wrap on a scarf, throw on some boots, and a leather jacket.

5. Free Sporting Events:

Show your school spirit by attending fun and free sporting events! Schools LOVE to shower their students with FREE gifts at these events. The only way you can win these prizes is by attending the sporting events.

6. DIY Projects:

One fun winter DIY fashion project you could do is creating your own head wraps! Take any large shirt, measure 8 inches from the bottom towards the middle, mark it with a pen & cut it off. Then take the 8 inches you cut off, twist it twice & now you’ve got your own head wrap!

7. Campus Involvement:

Join a club, student government, or Greek life to become more involved with your campus.

8. Get Active:

Most students don’t realize that their tuition includes fees for the athletic facilities for school. Get your money’s worth and start hitting the gym between classes. Most school gyms even offer free weekly workout classes such as zumba, dance, or aerobics.

9. Study Abroad:

Try studying abroad in another country! Check out your school’s study abroad programs and financial aid opportunities for it. If you’re not looking to go too far from home, check out the National Student Exchange (NSE) program which is an inter-university exchange program within the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico & the U.S. Virgin Islands.

10. Volunteer/Intern:

Try to get as much experience in your field of work before you graduate. Volunteering is usually a great way to kick-start your way towards getting an internship. You’ll gain lots of valuable experience that will help you for your future internship/career opportunities.

Hope you get to make the best of your winter quarter! What are you planning on doing to make sure that it is? Share it in a comment below!

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Time for a Playdate in the Snow

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By guest blogger Tiana Bouma
Tiana is a senior at University of Oregon double majoring in Political Science and Journalism with a focus in magazine. Her hometown is now Bend, OR but she graduated from high school in Danville, CA. After graduating from UO, she plans on traveling and working for National Geographic. During her spare time, she enjoys music, reading, sports and movies.

Cross country skiing by Kneale Quayle

‘Tis the season for some slaloms, fa la la la la la. If you are into skiing, then now is the time to pull out the seasonal gear and stretch those rarely used muscles. If skiing isn’t your thing, then you aren’t out of luck. The air is becoming crisp, rain is starting to fall, and the powder will soon (hopefully) be dumping on the mountains.

With the correct research and planning, anyone can take a weekend trip to the nearest mountain resort and borrow, rent, or even buy gear. Most colleges, and the surrounding towns, offer ski and snowboard swapping programs. Some of these programs can also outfit buyers with jackets and pants.

For those living in the Northwest, TheSkiSwap.com is an information source for winter sports equipment and gear sales. Most ski mountains also offer deals on random non-holiday weekends for lessons, tickets, and gear. Skiing and snowboarding are the obvious sports of the winter season but they are far from the only ones.

Cross-country skiing, alpine skiing, snow shoeing, ice skating, and Telemark skiing (also known as free heel skiing) are gaining in popularity across the United States. Intense athletes are turning to ski mountaineering as a cardio alternative in winter. Ski mountaineering combines the 3 types of skiing – Telemark, alpine, and backcountry – with mountain climbing (thanks, Wikipedia!). Individuals, and usually groups, use ski mountaineering in pursuit of virgin powder or even to achieve a mountain’s summit using skis as a tool, with skiing down secondary.

Cross-country skiing and snow shoeing are other winter sports that don’t require the use of mountains and harsh terrains. Cross-country skiers move themselves across snow-covered terrain with skis and poles and subsequently, it is popular in areas with large snowfields. Most resorts will offer gear rentals and lessons for cross-country skiing. It’s a great alternative to skiing or boarding and allows individuals the chance to catch some wintery views.

Snow shoeing by selihpxe8

Snow shoeing is an option for any age range and can quickly tire out most participants. Snowshoe Magazine says there is no better way to begin snowshoeing than to just go out and do it. Take a risk, rent or buy a pair of snowshoes, dress for the elements, and enjoy. It is easy to learn, virtually inexpensive, and poses little risk of injury as compared to other winter activities. According to research done by Snowsports Industries America (SIA), 40.8% of snowshoers are women, 9.4% of snowshoers are children (ages 7-11), and 44.2% of snowshoers are ages 25-44.

Winter sports allow people the chance to get away from the warm fireplace and enjoy the natural, frozen beauty of nature. The sports mentioned above are far from the only snow sport options available. My family enjoys wookie-bobbing, a winter activity in which we attach an intertube to the back of an ATV.  Talk about fun!

And what sounds better after a play day in the snow than a comfy pair of sweatpants and hot chocolate?

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