Article by Imogen Featherstone
Picture by Ahreum Song
Are you feeling cooped up? Tired of all the snow? Getting a bit restless? Trying to avoid (as the muggles call it) “cabin fever”? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, this article is for you! Here are 5 things you can do to avoid the Winter Blues:
- Catch up on some homework: When there is nothing else to do, do what you must! Catching up on your studies will improve your grades. Don’t like study alone? Check out your house study group or even study with a friend.
- Risk the cold and get some fresh air: There are load of outdoor activities you can do. Start a snowball fight with your friends, build a snowman, or even root on your house during a Quidditch match. Just be sure to bundle up tight, so you don’t end up with a cold.
- Try something new: Hogwarts is full of clubs! By putting yourself out there you can learn a new skill, make some new friends, and most importantly have fun!
- Go on an adventure: The castle has loads of hidden nooks and corners to check out. On your journey you could even find a secret passageway. If lurking around the castle isn’t your thing, perhaps you could venture out to Hogsmeade (On Hogsmeade weekend and on your own permitting your age or willingness to get caught). While there you could do some shopping, visit Honeydukes to stock up on sweets, or visit 3B for a hot butterbeer.
- Start a new romance: With Valentine’s day right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to make a love connection! If you are taken, find a cosy corner in the castle for some one on one time with your boo. If you are single, it’s the perfect time to find your next crush. Try looking in parts of the castle you have yet to explore. Already have a crush? Now is the perfect time to ask them to be your date to the Hearty Party. No matter your current love connection, let the Owl Post help you express your feelings with a rose gram or Cupid’s Corner dedication.
The snow my be falling and Jack Frost could be nipping at your nose. But if you follow at least one of these suggestions; you will be set for the rest of this harsh winter season. And if you see anyone around that might seem to be on their own, invite them to go on an adventure or trying something new with you. The more inclusive you are with the others, the more fun you will have. Good luck and don’t forget to bundle up!