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Graphic of squirrell drinking coffee with mittens and earmuffs with the words Winter Is Coming underneath.While I personally don’t watch Game of Thrones, I completely understand and sympathize with everyone who does that have to wait for two years for the next season. Some of my friends are starting to show signs of what I would call “binge-watching crash syndrome”, a seriously benign condition in which the viewer slips into a minor state of grief. Stage one and two, denial and anger respectively, usually manifest themselves by researching the history of the show, and in extreme cases, looking up the bonus features and cast commentary. You know the viewer has reached bargaining when they start looking up possible theories and/or reading the source material. Depression hits with a loss of viewing appetite followed by thoughts of canceling a video streaming subscription. Finally, the viewer reaches acceptance when someone recommends another show or a show they were previously watching uploads their next season.

Here are some tips on how to reduce these effects and make your day a little brighter:

  • Make Your Bed
    I know, I know. Here me out though. Making your bed in the morning only takes a few minutes – five at most if you happen to be making the bed from The Princes and the Pea. But at the end of the day, nothing really beats a made bed. It welcomes you into its arms whether your day was a good one or not.
  • Make a Bucket List
    A while back, I read a story about a summer bucket list that was found in an Urban Outfitters dressing room. After I finished reading the hilarious list, I couldn’t help but wonder why I hadn’t thought of making one sooner. This gives you a list of goals to complete or at the very líst (that was an awful joke), an idea of what do that weekend instead of going back and forth on a group chat of what you all should do.
  • Go on a Walk
    Let me guess, you don’t want to go outside? Fall is the perfect time to go on a walk because it’s cool, windy, and grey, but not too cold, so you won’t sweat as much, if at all! Get in touch with what’s bugging you with no distractions. Just you, yourself, and yoi? Go on a walk from 4:00-5:00pm for optimal results.
  • Drink and Zennnnnnnn
    Find a window with lots of sunlight during a cold day and drink something sweet. This can give a similar effect as going on a walk but without any physical effort!

Winter is almost here and the lack of sunlight has some negative side effects. I’m no doctor, but what I’ve noticed is that by doing these things, it makes winter that much more enjoyable for me.

Happy Halloween!

Luis Dominguez
Student Social Media Intern
1st Nor Cal Credit Union