Take the time for self care. Studying in the winter is demanding. With less sunlight and colder weather, it can become harder to be productive and maintain good health. Here are some tips to keep you in tip-top studying shape.

Adjust the light of where you study.

Dim light will make us more stressed and sleepy. Not only that, but you could risk eye strain. During the darkest days of the year, make sure that where are you studying is well-lit and comfortable. Here are some lighting ideas from Student.org. Find the sunniest spot in your apartment or room and be sure to spend some time there.

Use music to boost your mood.

Music is a great tool to improve mood and increase effectiveness. Something instrumental, like this Chillhop playlist, is less likely to distract you. Music is a great addition to your self care routine.

Get outside even if it’s cold.

Exposure to nature is a mood-booster and can increase your productivity. Even if it’s cold out, there’s no replacement for fresh air. Take a walk in your local park or around the block. Harvard Business Report recommends businesses go “green” for optimal productivity by increasing access to outdoors space and natural light.

Find time to be social.

It gets harder to meet others for socializing during the winter months, but it has a positive impact on your studying ability. Social contact impacts your mental and physical health. When we communicate face-to-face, our stress response and anxiety is impacted. Spend time with family, friends and community to make sure you are in an optimal state for studying. Social media does not bring the same positive impacts.

Boost your motivation with apps and other tools.

Motivation can be hard to come by with the holidays so close at hand. Take a look at this list of apps and resources for motivation. Self care is all about using tools to help your be at your best.