After the joys of stuffing our stomachs over the holidays, many of us may be feeling a little down with the prospect of deadlines ahead. However, winter doesn’t have to be as gloomy in mind as it is in weather! Here are a few ways you can kick those winter blues:
1. Go for a winter hike
A chilly hike across the beautiful areas of Devon can be very refreshing, especially when you have a cold breeze to accompany you. Wait for a crisp blue-sky day and enjoy walking over frost-covered fields with some friends. You could finish the day with a pub dinner and it will feel truly deserved after a long walk.
2. Enjoy some live music nights
Exeter has plenty of opportunities to experience live music. Whether it’s jazz, folk, Big Band or anything else you’d like to bop to, you’ll be sure to find something in places like Firehouse, Monkey Suit, the Sorry Head pub and many more! Make the night a winter warmer with a glass of mulled wine and dance away.
3. Cosy cafes
There is a vast choice for coffee and tea around the city, and when better to enjoy a warm cuppa than in winter? Treat yourself to some tasty coffee in the morning to start the day or enjoy a calming tea after a dragging lecture. Try The Glorious Art House for some delicious slices of cake or Boston Tea Party for some quali-tea! Prices are reasonable and if you’re lucky you can grab a massive armchair or sofa for superior comfort.
4. A new hobby
With all the work and rain awaiting us, a new hobby is a perfect distraction from the inevitable hours you’ll be spending at your desk or in the library. Try a martial art or teach yourself a new language. It’ll be a nice escape from your essays and coursework but it’ll feel more productive than simply lying in bed with Netflix on one side and crisps on the other.
5. Go to the cinema
If you’re a film fan, winter season comes with a great choice of films to go watch! The list is vast, with films like The Danish Girl, Everest, The Revenant, Room and more; the variety will bring something to the table for everyone.
6. Start a prank war
If you want to avoid the murky weather, bring humour to your flat by starting an ultimate prank war with your flatmates. You can start with the classic ‘cups of water in the corridor’ or go a little more hard-core by cling-filming your flatmates’ entire room. Warning: A good relationship with your flatmates is generally required before you draw them into a prank war.
Whatever dullness winter is likely to bring, there are always things to do which will add some warmth and joy to the winter. Let’s enjoy it before spring comes along and brings exam revision with it!