Greetings! We are the nieces, Kitty and Kandy, The Observer’s new advice columnists. Our aunties, Edith and Ethel, graduated last quarter so we’re taking over!

Kitty: As two college students without a degree yet, we may not be the most qualified people to respond to this question, so stop reading now and go see a therapist ASAP. Seriously, it works for some people. But I know you are here for some easy hacks, so we’ll give it a try. 

Kandy: Many of us deal with this, so you’re not alone and you’re strong for wanting to improve. Set yourself up with support. CWU provides a free service through the WildcatCare365 app that offers free therapy sessions, either immediately or pre-scheduled. I’ve used it a few times and it helps.

Kitty: One of my favorite things to do when I am feeling low is something I love, like reading. Curling up with a good book and a hot beverage warms my soul. Whatever your favorite thing to do is, reading, gaming or dancing, carve out a solid hour or two to do something you enjoy each week. 

Kandy: Another useful tool is light therapy! You can check out light therapy boxes from Brooks Library for up to four hours to soak up some Vitamin D, or you can buy one for your home. Drinking lots of water, journaling about what you’re grateful for and taking a really cold or hot shower can work.

Kitty: Eating healthy, going to bed on time, doing some exercise and having a routine really helps. I struggled a lot last year, but I feel refreshed going into this winter because I have gotten on a regular schedule with good sleep. Different approaches work for different people; this is what worked for me. 

Kandy: The helpful thing about seasonal sadness is that you can prepare because you’ll know it’s coming. As the sun starts to fade earlier, do your best to get outside before nightfall for at least 15 minutes a day. Take a walk in the Japanese garden or jog through Alder Street Park.