I got sick the other day of feeling like a bear in hibernation and started to think about thing that could cheer me up. It seems like the winter is taking its time to arrive and this dull darkness is starting to feel endless. Even though I’m from Finland and I’m usually totally fine with the darkness, this year it’s somehow really sucking the life out of me. I spent my Erasmus in Spain and I might have got used to the daily doze of sun and this is why it feels so hard this year.

It all comes down to the little things, really. These things are simple and nothing revolutionary, but I decided to dedicate this post to them and share some of them with you guys.

Jane from Finland - When the hibernation is not an option

First of all, exercising is really important. It gives you the energy and the boost you need. The University sports center is really well equipped and there are many different kinds of activities you can do there. I personally just go the gym and it is really good. It doesn’t matter if you’re new with this thing because there are personal trainers every evening there, and you can ask about the workout and they will help you. There is also weekly tennis, rock-climbing, basketball, boxing and many other classes which you can take part in.

The second way for easing the darkness is FRUITS. We need lots of vitamins during this time of the year, and is there a funnier way of getting all of them than fruits! I find it exciting to try new exotic fruits out and add them to different salads and desserts. Fruits also look nice in your kitchen and bring a little bit of summer into the darkness. I have to give credit to pineapples especially. Pineapples are probably the coolest-looking fruit in the world, and even Sponge Bob lives in one – how awesome is that?

Jane form Finland - When the hibernation is not an option

The third thing I would like to point out is that this time of the year is perfect for dedicating some time for yourself. Do things you have always wanted to do, but never had the time. At least you don’t have to feel bad for staying home for the whole day, because it is actually normal in here because of the chilly weather. Make your flat look cozy and nice (with pineapples), stay in and read a book or watch a movie!

Sometimes this all staying-home thing can take over though, and that is why I want to remind that it is important to make plans with friends too. Sharing the darkness with somebody else makes it easier to cope with it. It may seem so hard to get yourself outside because of the weather, and it is way more comfortable to stay at home. Plans with friends make the week more colorful and reminds you that you are not the only one in this darkness. Little dinner parties or movie nights give you something to wait for and keep the week routine interesting.

Finally, I want to remind you that the SNOW comes and Tartu then turns into this gorgeous winter wonderland. There is going to be so much fun things you can do outdoors! Besides, imagine how the Christmas lights at the main square are going to look like with the snow – absolutely amazing!

Jane from Finland - When hibernation is not an option


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