The festive season is full of excitement, food and magic. Which is all wonderfully lovely, but it does make the following months seem extra cold, dull and drab by comparison. We’re looking at you, January and February.
It can be especially tough if you went home for Christmas and now you’re back at the office or in university, maybe struggling a little with homesickness (which is completely normal, by the way). So, we thought we’d share a few pearls of winter wisdom to help you tackle the winter blues.
Plan something to look forward to
If you’re struggling with homesickness, consider booking a trip home so that you know when your next visit is, and you can start making plans. If you can’t travel home, schedule in a Skype call. You could also invite some friends or colleagues around for dinner, or a games night – we all love a cheeky round of Pictionary.
Try something new
It’s always a good time to try something new. Whether it’s learning a language, playing an instrument, trying a different fitness class, getting crafty with pottery, or testing a new recipe. Learning a new skill does wonders for your confidence, and it’ll give you something positive to focus on.
It can be tempting to wrap yourself up in your duvet like a burrito, especially when it’s cloudy with a chance of meatballs outside. But what will really help to clear your mind and get your blood pumping is going for a walk (or a run if you’re a keen bean). Going for a walk on the treadmill at the gym doesn’t count – get some fresh air.
Talk to someone
It’s generally accepted that it’s not all sunshine and kittens in winter. In fact, it’s mostly rain and snails. If you’re feeling sad, that’s okay. But do talk to someone, as it can make the world of difference to how you’re feeling. Chat to a friend, or a colleague you trust. If you’re struggling at work, it may be worth talking to your manager. They might be able to offer advice, and it’s useful for them to know so that they can make sure you’re okay. Don’t forget, you can also speak to someone at Aston. You could reach out to The Hub, or if you’re struggling on placement, get in touch with our friendly on-placement support team. You can email them at email@example.com, or call 0121 204 4757 and ask to speak to someone in the on-placement support team.