How to Get Over the Post-Holiday Blues (College Edition)

For all you college students out there, this can be the worst time of the year.

Everyone is feeling blue after the holidays and New Year’s resolutions can feel so depressing.

"All I want to do is lay in bed and watch Netflix all day"
“All I want to do is lay in bed and watch Netflix all day”

Every New Year, I brainstorm resolutions in my head. “Oh I need to lose more 30 pounds this year. Oh I need to be nicer to my neighbors, coworkers, and friends.”

Nobody wants to obsess over these things ALL YEAR.

Even worse, if you live in the Pacific Northwest, you are deprived of sunshine and feel extra cranky ALL THE TIME.

The long walk on slippery bricks to the Allen Library at the University of Washington
The long walk on slippery bricks to the Allen Library at the University of Washington

There must be a solution, right? What are some ways to get over the holiday blues AND get over going back to school?

"I don't know"
“I don’t know”

We’ve all been there. You just had almost a month of winter break feeling happy and excited with your family and friends.

We can't forget the amazing fireworks we all saw!
We can’t forget the amazing fireworks we all saw!

Then it’s all over. You go back to school for the first day and you realize that you are not even halfway into the school year and that the classes that you chose for this quarter will drive you crazy! If you are the average student, you probably chose to take all of your hardest courses this quarter, thinking that it won’t be as bad as taking it Autumn or Spring quarter. I know I did.

Here are some tips for getting back into your busy life and doing it with a smile on your face.


1) Why not get a head start and form your study groups early?

We know. Making friends during the first week of class is intimidating. But it’s also a necessity. Especially since many courses make you do group projects. It takes time to get to know your team members and divide up tasks. The sooner you start, the better your group will be.

Study Group

2) Get excited for all the other secondary winter holidays out there

Why not get a group together to celebrate Valentine’s Day (or Anti-Valentine’s day) on February 14th, Lunar New Year on February 19th, or even President’s day on February 13th? You can make it fun and original by making it a themed party. Like dressing up as a President for President’s day and then playing Charades. Maybe even put your own face on fake money and then play monopoly. Be creative in all that you do.

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3) Connect with family all year long

Though there are many family memories that make me want to crawl in a hole and hibernate, there are also many others that make me smile in public at the most awkward times. Those are the memories that you want to store forever. Why not hear stories from your family all year long without even needing to be around them? Ideal, right?

4) Create a collage of pictures at your work desk or on a virtual cork board

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Everybody has a handful of photos that always brings a smile to their face. Mine would be a picture of my two younger siblings when they were 4 and 6, covered in flour with their arms around one another; knowing that they made a mess. What would yours be?

All these suggestions can be created on ArcZap. Create an Arc for your study group or your family. Never miss a memory together. You can even create events for those secondary winter holidays that you are excited for. At the least, you can privately post your favorite pictures on your own virtual cork board that you can look at when you feel down. If you don’t know how to create an Arc, there are step by step instructions here.

We hope this year’s winter will be your best one yet.

Are there other things that you do to beat the post-holiday blues? Share it with us!

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