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Tips to Beat the Fall and Winter Blues

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We have to take care of ourselves. We’re in the depths of fall and winter is fast approaching, which means the days are getting shorter, colder, and gloomier. Moods tend to drop during these months, especially in college students, who are often in the throes of midterms and handle a lot of stress during these times. That’s why it’s important to keep in mind a few things you can do for yourself to make sure this time of year doesn’t stop you from living your life to the fullest.

Consider tidying up your room, washing your sheets, taking a long, hot shower, and climbing into bed as early as possible. It’s always worth it to end the day in a nice, clean bed.

Don’t have time for all that? Try a face mask. There are all different kinds for all different skin types. Single-use sheet ones are easy and pretty cheap depending on where you get them; they leave your face feeling fresh and moisturized.

If you’re the kind of person who gets a lot of energy from hanging out with other people, text a few friends and see if they’re free to do something, whether it’s playing a fun board game or just grabbing some food. If you’re an introvert, find some time during the day where you don’t need to do anything and spend some time by yourself. It could be  in your dorm, the library or somewhere else you can decompress.

If you have the time in the morning, try dressing up. Do your hair your favorite way, put on some makeup, and wear your favorite outfit. Your day becomes 10 times better once you feel confident about yourself.

While these are all good things to do, if you find yourself struggling, UAlbany has counseling services that can help you get through hard times. Try calling CAPS at (518)-442-5800 and remember the only way you can thrive is by taking care of yourself.

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