By Jazmine Calhoun
With cold weather upon us it’s the perfect time to bring out the comfy blankets, the hot chocolate, and light the fireplace before settling in for a quiet night. Cuddling up with a good movie sounds great for a time, but after a while of winter weather, we all start to get a bit restless. Add those typical winter blues and it starts to get harder and harder not to feel lonely and exhausted. You start thinking about how the bears handle winter right; let’s just sleep through this entire season. Work or school barely suffices as motivation to leave the warmth of your bed. There just is not much motivation during the winter, and on top of everything else- you are alone.
The sense of being alone during the winter is worse than the other seasons. “Wouldn’t you rather be alone during the summer on a beach watching the sunset… it is just harder to cope with solitude during the winter months,” says Tochi Uzoije, a second year Computer Systems Engineering major from Chicago. Those shorter days and colder temperatures begin to freeze the social springs, summers, and falls into the dreaded lonely winter. There is no wonder why, for so many people, coping with solitude is difficult when winter does not offer the best environment for being joyful.
It is understandable, who wants to be alone during the winter months? Life loves to make us laugh by putting most major holidays during this season. Colder temperatures + shorter days + Netflix undoubtedly adds up to whom to call to entertain for today. Additionally, it is not too farfetched that millennials do not embrace the idea of spending time alone. We may spend 5 minutes here or there, but with social media within grasp, it is too easy to ask for company- even indirectly. Before you connect to social media or text that person you swore you would not contact again, consider dealing with winter blues by mastering the art of solitude.
In solitude there is peace in knowing that you are your own company and you enjoy the alone time. Some people find that using the wintertime for self-reflection helps defeat those winter blues. This does not mean you have to sit in a dark room and mediate for hours on end. Enjoying your solitude comes in many forms: