The weather has been absolutely crazy the past few weeks! I hope everyone was safe and sound when Storm Doris struck us last week. I thought things would get a little more calm after that day but it has been cold and raining since. I don’t know about you guys but awful weather creates this grey, gloomy cloud around my mood. I don’t feel like stepping outside my room and whatever little motivation I have left to get some work done goes down the drain too.
However, I have been here for almost four years now and even though weather like this still gets to me, I have learnt that changing things a little bit helps lift my mood. If you are struggling with your mood and motivation during this rainy season like me, try some of these tips and see if they work for you.
a) Don’t stay alone
Staying by yourself will further add to the melancholia. Join a friend at the library if you have studying to do or head down to a nearby café for a steaming cup of hot chocolate with whipped cream and mini marshmallows (I need some right now!) or any hot beverage of your choice. In short, avoid locking yourself up in your room. If the weather is too bad to go outside then simply head down to the common room at your accommodation site. It is always filled up with other students. Having people around is a great way to feel energized and give your mood a reset.
b) Technicolor boost
We usually tend to dress up in accordance to our mood. Think grey sweaters and black hoodies. On the contrary, why not throw on something fun and colorful? Research shows that color can have a drastic impact on mood. So wear something bright or add a pop of color to your usual choice of wear such as a bright scarf, shoes, tie or jewelry.
c) Light it up!
Make up for the lack of light outside by keeping your room nice and bright. And I mean that literally. I love having fairy lights around my room. They look absolutely beautiful and add so much brightness to the room apart from my bedside lamp.
And if all else fails, put on your favourite music and dance around the room by yourself. Always works for me.