Focus on wellness! Prepare yourself to brave the harsh temperatures and dark days of February. Changing a few things in your routine could give you more energy and efficiency in your student life.

Breakfast

Breakfast is important any time of the year, but you can give yourself an extra boost by making a warm breakfast. Porridge is a great way to make something quickly, just go easy on the sugar. Getting into the routine of filling up on a warm breakfast will give you energy that lasts throughout the day.

Lights

Light therapy lights can make all the difference for those affected by the lack of daylight. Did you know that McGill offers these lights at a variety of locations? Find out which one works best for you. Waking up to light is a routine in the summer, so in the winter get your dose through the power of light!

Tidying

In the winter, we can lose our energy for cleaning our house or apartment. This important part of our routine impacts our mood and productivity. Author Marie Kondo’s advice for minimalism has become all the rage recently – here’s a summary of her tips.

Sleep Hygiene

Sleep hygiene means taking steps to ensure a good night’s sleep through a proper routine. Avoid stimulants, exercise daily, don’t nap for more than 30 minutes, and monitor your sleeping environment. Read tips from the National Sleep Foundation.

Stay Warm

Having the appropriate winter gear will keep you healthy and in a better mood. If you aren’t sure what you need for a Montreal winter, consult this guide by Canadian Immigrant magazine. Learn more about McGill’s Winter Coat Project if you need financial assistance in acquiring clothing.