Beginning in November, there was a current of excitement and waves of shopping, celebrating, feasting, and catching up with friends and family. There was so much throughout the holiday season, and now that it’s after the New Year…now what? You’ve already made your New Year’s resolutions and goals and there’s still another 300ish days until the next Holiday season.

There seems to be a lull each year after the holidays are done. There’s a lack of things. A lack of moments of excitement and things to prepare for. Between January and March or when the weather warms up, there’s cold and not many large holidays.

This lull was something that really affected me in college. Being in the Midwest, I was surprised at how gloomy the days were. Overcast skies were a daily occurrence as well as cold temperatures. It definitely made it difficult to get outside.

However, through that lull, there were a few things I found that helped from getting “cabin fever”:

1) Take Short Walks When You Can.
Even when the weather is rather cold, it’s amazing what a little fresh air can do. Bundle up and wear that cute blanket scarf you received for Christmas. Even if you’re walking from your car to the grocery store or your class across campus, take your time and enjoy being outside.

2) Plan One Fun Outing Each Week.
Do something with friends or family or even something to pamper yourself. Write it down in your planner and schedule time in to do something you’ll enjoy, this way you’ll have something to look forward to and plan throughout the week.

3) Find Fun Activities Inside
Bowling, indoor mini-golf and go-cart racing are always good options. Even going to see a new movie with your Tribe!

4) Find Fun Activities Outside
If you live in a climate where you can be outside for a longer amount of time, try skiing or sledding! Seek out an ice skating rink, or even go window shopping.

5) Try a New Recipe
All those cool new dishes you’ve been pinning all year? Why don’t you try a few? Here’s one of my favorites.

6) Pick Up a Good Book
One of my goals for this year is to read quite a bit, and I know that when I’m bored, I probably should be reading. Anyone else this way? Here’s one of my top picks to read in 2017. I’d also recommend a book club with some friends. This way you have something besides school books to read outside of classes.

7) Try Your Hand at Crafting
I feel that my Pinterest is full of crafts that I never do…so why not try some? Here’s a fun craft I’ve been trying to figure out how to do for a while.

8) Take Time to Organize
Cleaning is a great way to sort through things. Often when you’re stuck inside on cold days it is almost freeing to be productive in your livable space. Make room for new decorations, or go through an old box sitting in the back of the closet. This can be rather helpful in making you feel more comfortable in your home.

9) Skype or Call a Friend
There’s nothing better than talking to a friend when you need a cheering up conversation. Why not take the time to sit down and Facetime or call someone? Connecting with the people you are closest to never hurts. Especially when you’re reaching out to say hello and check in.

10) Reach Out
Find a local shelter or outreach mission where you can donate your time and energy to giving back to the community. Make PB&J’s for a soup kitchen, knit hats for the elderly or make a visit to the hospital. There are endless amounts of ways to be involved in your community while doing good. Giving back is an amazing way to grow beyond yourself and help others out. Sometimes, even sharing a smile with someone is the bright spot others need.

What are ways you beat the New Year slump? Share in the comments below! 

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Caitlin recently graduated from Luther College with a degree in Elementary Education. She is currently working full time as a Fifth grade teacher, and writing on the side. She loves being able to actively provide support and positivity for others and especially with Tribe 21! In her free time she loves to ski, run, and read. If she’s not outdoors or traveling, she loves to drag family and friends to new ice cream shops. She is a lover of stripes, lemonade, iced coffee, lakes, mountains, and deep conversations. Each fall, you can find her rooting for the Denver Broncos, and in the Winter, the University of North Dakota men’s hockey team. 

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