During this season of the year, there are less hours of sunlight, it is cold, semester grades are coming in, and expectations of family become extra! I know when I was a student at this point all I wanted to do was sleep.
If you are finding yourself having less energy, concentration, happy feelings, and interests in ordinary fun activities, you may have the holiday blues.
During the holidays, a lot of students feel stress and sadness, which is not uncommon.
Ways to fight these less than happy feelings include:
- Exercise- Working out improves your overall feelings of happiness by directing negative energy into something positive, plus you will feel 10x better and look better
- Socializing-Getting out of the house to hang with family or old friends will help you to connect and relive happy moments, *don’t turn down an invite
- Volunteering– Participating in community events such as holiday drives will make you feel better making a powerful contribution to those less fortunate
- Relax-Accepting that you are doing the best you can, and not allowing family expectations to bum you out (meditate)
If your mood is severe, I advise you to seek a medical evaluation by your healthcare provider. It is also important to not hesitate to seek emergency care if you or a love one develops thoughts of harming themselves or others. It is always comforting to have support during the holidays
Enjoy this holiday season, and let’s not forget the reason for the season!
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By: Rachael Faust
Do you have champagne taste? Are high-priced textbooks, $5 lattes, and paying to print getting you down? If this is you, fear not! You can have what you want by being a savvy shopper, and these 10 tips will help you $ave!
Check them out below:——Results are guaranteed to Stretch your hard-earned dollar a little further.
Why spend money on music when apps like Spotify, Pandora, and Google Play exist? Save yourself some cash and stream music for free!
Eating out may be a social rite of passage, but you have to have discipline when your budget comes into question.
Rent your textbook for 3 months instead of a full semester. Take your notes ahead of time. Send the book back 3 months into the semester. Remember to be a thorough note-taker!
Save time and money. No more lines! Also, if you buy a $4 cup of coffee every day, in a year you’ve spent over $1400. Purchase a $15 coffee machine from Walmart and keep it moving.
Don’t allow yourself to slip into frequent delinquency. I know times are tough in college, but you don’t have to make it worse if you can help it.
Living with others allows you to split rend and all expenses that come with living on your own.
Chipotle will give you a free drink with your meal. Just flash your student ID. Sams Club offers a Collegiate Membership that comes with a 15 dollar gift card. Show your student ID at H&M and get an extra 15% off your total.
Colleges offer gyms to their students free of charge…you know after you’ve paid thousands in tuition. Get your money’s worth every chance you get!
Are you a responsible student. Do you take detailed notes. Come through for your classmates and make some money in the process. You deserve it!
Lay out at your pool. Go to work. Check out the local bars. Catch a movie. Get some sleep. You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on plane tickets and hotel reservations to have fun over Spring Break. Sometimes, less is more!
Saving money can be hard, especially when you are still figuring out life. I just want you to know that it is possible, no matter where you currently stand in life. Stick in there! You’ll be fine. Until next time!
Operations Supervisor at University of Mississippi