Got the Winter Blues?

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Strangely for Rochester, we haven’t experienced much snowy weather so far this winter – until recently. However, the season isn’t over yet, and there are more cold fronts expected to move in. Although most people are looking forward to spring with warmer temperatures and longer hours of daylight, we need to make the most of what is upon us. There are many things we can do during these chilly months to stay active and productive and avoid the “winter blues.” It’s important to keep moving, even though the cold weather tries to keep us inside snuggled up on the couch streaming movies. The upstate New York area has a lot to take advantage of during this time of the year.

  • If you’re up for an adventure, there are numerous ski resorts, which provide fun for friends and family. Even when there isn’t snow in your backyard, ski areas like Bristol Mountain (which is only a short 40-minute drive from Nazareth) make their own snow to keep their slopes in action.
  • Not that much of a thrill seeker, but still want to get out and stay active? Head downtown to Martin Luther King Jr. Park to go ice-skating.
  • If it’s too cold for your liking, there are also many indoor rinks in the area, such as Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex, where you can go to avoid the cold gusty winds.
  • When there is enough snow on the ground, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are also popular activities to do outside.

However, even if it is simply taking advantage of the various intramural activities that we have on campus or going to the gym and working out, it is imperative to get regular exercise. Doing so will even help reduce stress and improve sleep.

Staying productive is also an important thing to keep in mind this time of year. The dreary weather can cause people to feel depressed and unmotivated, and many may even suffer from seasonal affective disorder – it’s much more common than you think.

The start of a new year and a new semester is a good time to set new goals for yourself and provides the inspiration you need to be more successful. There are many resources on campus that you can take advantage of to help stay on track. Focusing on more things that interest and excite you is also important. Taking this initiative will make you more inspired to get things done and give you a greater sense of accomplishment.

So if you’re feeling a little blue in the remaining few months of winter, try shifting your focus to other things. Concentrate on being healthy, spending time outside, setting goals to stay motivated, and making the most of every day. Just because the cold weather makes you feel like lounging around all day, don’t put your time to waste. Take advantage of everything that’s going on around you, in Rochester, and right here within the Nazareth community.

Sean Doyle

Sean Doyle of Auburn, New York is a senior at Nazareth College majoring in business administration with a concentration in information technology. He is also captain of the men’s swim team at Naz and part of the undergraduate association, where he is the treasurer for the class of 2016. After graduation, Sean plans to enter the business world where he would like to pursue a position as an analyst. In his spare time you can find Sean at his lake house in Skaneateles where he enjoys boating, waterskiing, and spending time in the sun with his family and friends.

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