Seasonal depression is a real thing. Every year, 5% of the American population suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.)
Young adults and women are particularly prone to seasonal depression. That puts college students particularly at risk, as most college students are women and fall between the ages of 20 and 30.
Winter break is supposed to be fun. It's when you decompress from the grueling first semester of the school year and prepare for the rest. Missing out on your winter break only adds to the Fear Of Missing Out, or FOMO, which only adds to depression and anxiety.
Don't miss out on your winter break this year. Here are some fun things to do with friends in winter to overcome your FOMO so you won't be feeling S.A.D.!
8 Fun Things To Do With Friends In Winter
No matter how you feel about the coldest, darkest months of the year, you'll find some entertaining things to do in winter. Even if it means staying inside the entire time.
Take A Day Trip
It's hard to find the time to get out of town when you're busy with work or school. Winter break is a great chance to get out and actually explore where you live!
This is particularly beneficial if you've just moved to a new area. What's the point of moving across the country - or to a different one altogether - if you never actually experience it?
Go Sledding (or Snow Tubing!)
Nothing screams 'winter wonderland' quite like a sledding hill, even sans sleigh bills. Going sledding is also a quick, easy way to reconnect with your youth. You'll have flashbacks to carefree days without bills or deadlines, when the worst thing you had to worry about was frostbiting the tip of your nose.
If you happen to live in an area with skiing or snowboarding, resorts often offer more extreme and elaborate sledding hills. Look up 'snow tubing' if you're wanting to give your winter sports a little nitro boost!
Binge Watch TV Series
Responsibilities get in the way of our fun. We've been living in a Golden Age of peak television these past few years, with more and more innovative new series coming each week.
Midterms, finals, and networking might have been getting in the way of you checking out new seasons of Will and Grace or Queer Eye, let alone popular new series like The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina or The Haunting of Hill House.
This winter break, you might want to be un-chill about your Netflix-ing. There's a ton of great stuff out, at the moment, and there's more on the way! Here's your chance to cram before the Finals of the year's end recaps.
No matter how you identify or with what groups you affiliate, holiday baking is likely a part of your seasonal rhythms. It's one of the most innocuous, enjoyable things to do during winter break, especially with friends.
Baking brings people together with warmth and good cheer. Your house will be an ocean of good smells, warm smiles, and camaraderie. You're not just baking cookies, you're making memories that will last a lifetime!
Go Someplace Warm
If you live in a cold climate, it's wonderful to take a break from the chill. If it's at all possible, going someplace warm with friends is a prime chance to replenish your Serotonin, Vitamin D, and Dopamine. S.A.D. can't grab a foothold when your armor is fortified!
Go Holiday Shopping
Even though shopping can be stressful during the holiday season, it's also one of the most classic things to do with friends during winter break.
Braving the local mall, hot chocolate in hand, will flash you back to your pre-teen years, harassing your mom for skinny jeans from Forever 21 or a brand-new iPod. It'll make you feel grateful for the gifts you have in your life, currently.
It'll also make you excited to gift your loves to show a small portion of how you feel about them.
Visit A Christmas Tree Farm
You don't have to celebrate Christmas, per se, to get a lot out of visiting a Christmas tree farm during winter break. After all, nearly every culture on Earth uses the evergreen tree as a symbol of midwinter celebrations. It reflects warmth and light during the months when we need it most.
The smell of pine needles while you wander the rows of evergreen trees, clutching the hot beverage of your choice, is one of the most seasonal things you can do during winter break. It's impossible to feel cynical when you're being constantly reminded of childlike wonder.
Winter break is the perfect time to engage your crafty side. What's more inspiring than cold wind, freezing rain, and blizzards to stay inside and fire up your glue gun?
Holiday crafting isn't only about Christmas decorations. You could make DIY decor for whatever your personal tradition may be. Or just go for some seasonal decor, brightening up your home, making it cozy and cheerful when it's dark and bleak outside.
DIY craft nights also make for fun group activities during winter break. It'll also make you feel better about pulling out all of your gear as more people will be using it. Maybe they'll even help you clean up afterward!
These are just a few of the millions of inspiring things you can get into this winter break. You won't even notice how cold it is when your heart is full of warmth and love!
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