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How to survive the sleepy winter?

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Winter can be a tough period for studying. The sky is dark in the morning and the weather is miserable. Almost everything makes us want to go bed and sink into that fluffy pile of goose feathers, watching funny cat video while drinking a cup of hot chocolate…

Unfortunately, life wants you to wake up and crack on with your study. So here are some useful tips to help you survive the dreary winter.

1. Set two alarms

This is a quirky little tip that I discovered, and it helped me to get up so much earlier in the morning. What I do is that I will set up two alarms on my phone with different ringtones. The first one sounds soft and gentle and the second one (15 minutes later) sounds much louder. The two alarms work well together as the first one will wake me up and the second one gets me out of bed. If you are using an IPhone, you can use the bed time function to set up your first alarm. The ringtones are very nice in there.

2. Bring a hot cup of tea with you

Drinking hot beverages when you are outdoor is a great way to keep yourself warm and hydrated. A small amount of Caffeine can also help your brain work effectively. If you are not into tea, hot chocolate, coffee or any type of hot drink also work.

3. Eat food that are high in protein

tissues. In winter, your body will spend more energy than usual to keep you warm. This is why we tend to eat more in winter. Protein is a good source of energy and will help to decrease carbohydrate consumption, helping you stay fit and healthy throughout the winter. Food that is high in protein includes eggs, almond, chicken breast, yogurts, milk and many more.

4. Exercise

Not only exercising in winter can help you avoid winter weight gain, it can also help you overcome winter blues. Winter blues is symptom of the seasonal affective disorder (SAD) which is a type of depression that comes and goes in seasonal pattern. However, research shows that you can avoid this by exposing yourself to sunlight and doing 30 to 60 minutes of exercise a day.*

To conclude, there are many ways that can help us survive the miserable winter - have a strategy in setting your alarm, drink hot beverages, healthy eating and do enough exercise. Winter is not as difficult as it looks. Now, let's stop procrastinate and get on with our tasks!

*Rosenthal NE. Winter blues: everything you need to know to beat seasonal affective disorder. New York, NY: Guilford Press; 2006.

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