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Relieving the Stress of Finals with Winter Cheer

Updated: Dec 6, 2023

We all know Minnesota Winter’s can be a stressful time for many University of Minnesota students. Handling the pressure of finals and battling the freezing winter days and dark nights can be a struggle. The thought of going to classes and getting out of bed is a task within itself. Seasonal depression is widespread among many individuals, especially college students who are juggling classes, jobs, extracurriculars, and maintaining a social life. Although staying home and disassociating from society may be easier, sticking to a routine through these brutal winter months is essential. Below, we have come up with a list of ways to relieve the stress of finals that promote winter cheer.


Exercising and Taking Exercise Classes at the Rec

Exercising can be a fun and easy way to increase one’s overall well-being. Exercising can improve one’s energy and motivation, which increases overall productivity. It may feel hard to get motivated to go and work out; however, most individuals feel much more positive and energized after. Attached are a few exercise classes the Rec offers here on campus. Classes are offered Monday through Sunday anywhere between 6:45 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.

Take a Break with Some Winter Activities

  • Play a Winter Sport: Engaging in winter sports like skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, or even a simple snowball fight can be a great way to release pent-up stress. These activities not only provide physical exercise but also offer a refreshing change of scenery.

  • Bundle Up and go on a Walk or Hike: Take advantage of the winter landscapes by going for a walk or hike in a nearby park or nature reserve. Breathing in the crisp winter air and enjoying the serene surroundings can have a calming effect.

  • Host a Winter-themed Movie or Game Night: Plan a cozy night in with friends. Choose some winter-themed movies or have a game night with board games or video games. This provides a fun and social way to relax and take a break from academic pressures.

  • Make Some Hot Cocoa and Read: Grab a warm blanket, make a cup of hot cocoa, and dive into a book.

  • Cook or Bake: Experimenting with cooking or baking can be a rewarding and stress-relieving activity. Bake some cookies to go along with your hot chocolate and reading!

Try Out a New Coffee Shop or Restaurant On Campus

As winter arrives upon the college campus, the stress of finals also comes which can be overwhelming. However, exploring new coffee shops and restaurants in the area can offer a pleasant and effective escape. The cozy atmosphere of local cafes provide a welcome change of scenery, allowing students to momentarily detach from the pressures of exams. A good cup of coffee from a place like this can be a great way to start off your day with a positive mindset.

Another great escape from the stress of finals can be to reward yourself with delicious food after a hard day of studying. Trying out different restaurants not only satisfies the taste buds but also introduces a sense of adventure during a time typically dominated by routine and stress. These excursions provide a breather, allowing students to recharge their minds. Additionally, sharing these experiences with friends could foster a sense of camaraderie, leading to memorable study breaks. These options will help students face the challenges of finals with renewed energy and a fresh mindset.

  • Here are some coffee shops and restaurants around the UMN campus to check out if you haven't been before!

    • Bordertown

    • 7 Corners Coffee

    • Wally’s

    • Kimchi Tofu House

    • Al’s

    • Tea House

    • Tony’s

    • Shuang Cheng

    • Kbop

    • Thai Garden Fusion

    • Caspian Persian Bistro

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