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Do this: Lawrence activities to combat the winter blues

Seasonal Depression

To help combat the annual winter blues, CHALK suggests some Lawrence activities and spots to check out. 

As winter approaches, the skies darken, the air cools and the “winter blues” settle in.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), more commonly known as seasonal depression, is something many college students struggle with. About 5% of the U.S. population experience the disorder, according to Mental Health America.

This is a yearly occurrence, but with the current pandemic, dealing with it looks slightly different this year. Although there isn’t a definitive cure for SAD, there are some activities that can help ease the strain of seasonal depression.

Around Lawrence there are several ways to reduce the winter blues. There is something for everyone to enjoy during these times, and here is CHALK’s guide for activities to help combat the winter blues.

Ceramics/Art Projects

“I definitely think hand on creative projects can help,” says Cheryl Roth, owner of Sunfire Ceramics. “It’s fun creating and fun seeing what it turns into.”

Sunfire Ceramics is a pottery store just off Massachusetts Street at 1002 New Hampshire St. At this pottery shop, customers can buy, paint and fire pre-made pottery.

“I think it’s kind of like art therapy, sitting down doing a hands-on creative project,” Roth says. “To get away from sitting in front of the screen, which we are so used to right now.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, customers must either schedule an appointment to paint in-shop or go in to pick out their paints and pottery, then take their purchase home to paint and bring it back to get fired.

“[Pottery] can be useful because what they create can bring back happy memories when they use or see it later on,” Roth says. “I think a little exercise or nature therapy is good too.”


Another option to help with the winter blues is taking a trip to a yoga studio. Yellow Brick Yoga is a hot yoga studio that allows participants to exercise in a heated space during the cool winter.

“It’s a really good practice in general for noticing your mental tendencies and redirecting it into positive affirmations,” says Leanna Henning, co-owner of Yellow Brick Yoga.

Yellow Brick Yoga is located at 1410 Kasold Dr. and is accepting new customers by appointment on their website. They not only practice in a heated space, but also under an infrared light, which is a type of therapeutic technique.

“[Yoga] has that opportunity to drop thought and be in the physical. It’s not a fix-it but a practice,” Henning says. “We recommend going four times a week for transformation, or two times for maintenance.”

Fitness Classes

Some options that are closer to campus can be found at the Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center, 1740 Watkins Center Dr. There are several “Fit Group Exercises” to choose from, ranging from kickboxing to dance party.

“Research shows that exercise boosts serotonin and endorphins, plus increased metabolism,” says Jill Urkoski, an American College of Sports Medicine certified exercise physiologist and the Rec's Associate Director of Programs and Staff Development. “Exercise also improves sleep, reduces anxiety and increases self-esteem.” 

Students can visit their website to book a virtual appointment, purchase a KU Fit pass to attend in person classes or look at the fall semester schedule for classes.

“Sometimes it just takes getting [to Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center] or getting started, but after you are done you feel much better and are glad you did it,” Urkoski says.

Person 1: This song slaps.

Person 2: Your mom slaps.

Person 1: Thank you, my mom is a kind and wonderful lady.

 Person 1: I’m so sick of alcohol.

Person 2: I don’t know, I’m getting stronger every day. I love it.

Person 1: Do you do the vegan wrap here?

Person 2: We can do the chicken wrap with no cheese?

Person 1: I’ll take the Beyond Burger please. 

Person 1: Oh my God! I feel like I know you somehow…

Person 2: Yeah, we went to high school together. 

Person 1: Oh! *walks off*

Guy 1: Is the black market even real? Has anyone ever been on it?

Guy 2: I tried once but I couldn’t figure out how to get on.

Guy 1: I stayed up until 2 am watching Disney plus

Guy 2: I told my girlfriend I fell asleep but I was actually watching the Mandalorian.

Girl 1: How long have you guys been dating?

Girl 2: Since the summer, well actually for like two years but it’s a long story.

Girl 1: Who are you looking for?

Girl 2: This guy, wait I found him. Fanny pack boy. He flipped off my professor after a test and ran out of the classroom.

Girl 1: How did you choose KU? 

Girl 2: Honestly, I flipped a coin. 

Boy 1: Did I tell you? I think I had a threesome this weekend.

Boy 2: Woah, hold up. You think?

Boy 1: I was born a Phi Delt.

Boy 2: Please don’t ever say that again.

Girl 1: How do you get your boobs to look like that?

Girl 2: I don’t ever wear a bra? I don’t know. 

Girl 1: I just really want a guy to bend me over you know?

Girl 2: How do you know? You’re a virgin!

Guy: Sometimes I wish I could just be a dog and sleep all day. 

Girl: You wake up at like three every day. 

Guy: I know.

Girl: So…

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Girl 1: I wish I was a little bit taller.

Girl 2: I wish I was balder.

Girl 1: I wish I had a...wait, wait, wait balder?

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Guy 2: You ever pee and it feels like throwing up?

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Girl 1: I would never date that guy.

Girl 2: Well, it depends how much money he has.

Girl 1: I’m going to the doctor to see if I have bronchitis before I hook up with him again.

Girl 2: Yeah that’s smart so you don’t give it to anyone else. 

Girl 1: No I mean I want to make sure I infect him.

Guy 1: I'm cutting some of my unnecessary costs, starting with Juuling.

Guy 2: Ight man, good luck.

Guy 1: Actually I might just start chewing

Guy 1: How was work?

Guy 2: My manager was chastising me for not dressing up in a Halloween costume, she doesn’t understand I’m strictly here to get paid.

Guy 1: I am so tired of this week, man

Guy 2: Dude it’s Monday

Guy 1: I know

Person#1: I want to be on the first ship to mars

Person#2: Not me, I doubt they have Wi-Fi

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Girl 1: Um, I don’t eat pig.

Girl 2: You eat bacon all the time, bitch.

Guy 1: You better get going. 

Guy 2: Yeah, see ya. I’m off to get some Adderall.

Girl 1: Are you home right now?

Girl 2: Yeah, why?

Girl 1: I bought a cat

Girl 1: I just don't understand what fishing is for.

Girl 2: I don't know. Food, maybe?

Guy: I’m just gonna have to like carry an entire box of spiders up the hill tomorrow.

Girl: What?

Guy: Yeah, just like a hundred spiders in a box.

Guy 1: Sometimes ya just gotta give yourself a haircut.

Guy 2: Dude, you shaved half your head. That’s not a haircut, that’s a mess.

Girl 1: Can you eat fruit raw?

Girl 2: How else are you supposed to eat it?

Girl: That class is killing us. ​But they say rest is for the dead.

Guy: Well, at least we'll be rested.

Girl: She's not in class this semester

Guy: Maybe she's dead

Girl: Or studying abroad