Sam Wall | Editor in Chief
As world events continue to spiral out of control, it is important to take care of ourselves. Tsunamis, earthquakes, and poor political decisions bring a depth of human suffering before us that was previously unprecedented. As students, we are usually more exposed to these issues, making our overall health a more pertinent concern. As well, we face growing course pressures as September rolls out, and the weather shifts from hot summer to crisp air. Personally, autumn is one of my favourite seasons, and I tend to prefer the cold of winter to the dry, hot Northern summers. It might have something to do with being a December baby, born into the cold; the darker seasons feel like coming home.
At the same time that we are shifting into long pants and sweaters, our minds are shifting to accommodate the seasonal change and lower light conditions. A common mental change is a shift in mood, tending towards being tired, sad, or more emotional. For some, these feelings are intense enough to be described as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which is generally managed by sitting under a special light for a certain amount of time each day. This can be important to remember in taking care of ourselves; it’s okay to feel this way. Remember to be gentle with yourself and the people around you; we all deal with these stresses in different ways.
But most importantly, remember that you are not alone, especially in university. Take university as an opportunity to learn and push yourself, but also as a time to find new ways of supporting yourself and those around you. If you feel able, reach out to others, it will make you both feel more connected. Go for a walk and experience the beauty of this season. Medical care, the gym, and counselling services are your right to access as a student; it’s even covered in your fees, so why not take advantage? It’s a tough world out there, but I know we’ve got this.