Survive The Winter Blues With These Tips And Tricks

Is it just us or is everyone feeling pretty awful right now?

Winter is hard. While some people love winter there’s no denying that seasonal depression is real and it can be extremely tempting to spend every day wrapped up and cosy in bed and declining every single plan.

If you have a severe case of the winter blues, you’re not alone and it can be tough to motivate yourself to do literally anything when it’s so cold, dark and miserable outside all the time.

Luckily, there are a few things you can do to make it easier for yourself and to make what seems like an endless winter a bit easier. TikTok might be encouraging bed rotting but we’re not, so if no matter what you can’t seem to find the motivation to get through winter right now, put the Oodie that you never take off in the washing machine and try out these tips and tricks.


like im physically incapable of doing anything on those days

♬ when ur a young woman in ur 20s its the trenches – Coup De Main

Eat fresh meals every night

When you have the winter blues, it can be hard to motivate yourself to cook a nutritious dinner every night. 

While you probably could survive on beans on toast or Pot Noodles, it’s likely going to make you feel even worse in the long run.

If you struggle to enjoy cooking or going out to get fresh ingredients in the winter, a subscription box like HelloFresh is the perfect solution. 

With all the ingredients pre-weighed and detailed easy to follow cooking instructions, it couldn’t be easier for the true cooking novices to whip up a fresh and tasty meal that your flatmates will be envious of.

Students who are new to HelloFresh can get 60% off the first box, 25% off the next 3 boxes, 25% off every third box thereafter AND a free gift when you redeem a Student Beans discount code

Or, if you’ve tried HelloFresh already but want to give it another go you can get 50% off the first box, 40% off the 2nd box and 20% off the 3rd and 4th boxes.

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Block out unwanted emails

Is anyone else feeling overwhelmed with the new year new me emails? Sometimes you can literally be doing your best but it seems like everyone else is doing even better and that can be really hard on your mental health.

If you’re getting way too many emails about exercising, dieting, or New Year’s resolutions and you just do not want to see it there’s an easy way you can block these emails from appearing in your inbox and effectively ruining your day.

Incogni can easily remove your email address or personal information from databases, opting you out from receiving certain emails and helping you to avoid spam and protect your data. Not only can this protect you from potential scams, but it can also help to clear out your email inbox and make sure you’re only seeing what you want to see.

Students can get 55% off an annual plan at Incogni, to help keep you safe online and your data protected.

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Get stuck in to a new TV series

In case anyone hasn’t noticed, the selection of stuff on UK Netflix is not good. While other countries have a way better selection (the US Netflix has every season of Grey’s Anatomy) the UK is lacking when it comes to non-Netflix originals.

Luckily, there’s an easy way you can bypass this and watch whatever you want straight from your bedroom. NordVPN will hide your IP address and keep you safe online, but also allows you to bypass country-specific restrictions and view things that might not be available to UK audiences.

Luckily, this includes Netflix so you can choose whatever country you want and browse what’s available on their Netflix! Students can access a range of NordVPN plans, including a 2-year plan that costs just £2.03 per month or the 1-year plan that’s £3.69 per month. That’s less than the daily coffee you have to get every time you go to a lecture, so it’s totally worth it.

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Start taking vitamins

Yep, it turns out that taking vitamins is actually good for you and they can have a significant impact on your mood and health throughout the day. Everyone has different health needs, for example, you might struggle to get enough Vitamin D during the darker days or you might want to grow healthier hair and nails.

Your diet also might lack essential vitamins that contribute to your overall health or how you feel each day and if you feel super sleepy or are lacking energy all the time there are supplements you can take to improve both your physical and mental health.

Luckily, you can get a 55% student discount at MyVitamins so you can stock up on vitamins and supplements that suit your needs and will hopefully make you feel way more energized and ready to tackle each day.

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Start planning ahead for summer

The shortest day of the year has happened and it’s officially getting a little bit lighter outside each day. Hold on to this information when you’re fed up with winter and start thinking about how spring is just two months away and summer will be here before you know it.

This is the perfect time to start planning how you want to spend your summer, what your travel plans are and putting aside the money while you’re going out less. So, with that maybe it’s time to book a summer holiday or at least start researching destinations and thinking about where you’d like to go and where you can get the best deals.

With your Student Beans account you can access loads of great travel deals and discounts from EasyJet Holidays,,, Ryanair, Expedia and Jet2Holidays so you can check out all the best destinations and compare cheap flights and hotels and save money at the same time.

Remember that most people find winter hard so you’re definitely not alone, however, trying out these tips can help you to feel better overall and give you the final push you need until we’re finally in spring again.

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