Winter in Stockholm, Sweden, is no laughing matter. As a school counselor with 7 years of experience in Stockholm schools, I can say the time after Christmas through February vacation is the toughest time of year for adolescents. Why are these 9 weeks so hard on students?
- In January, the sun rises at approximately 8:40 and sets at 15:00. Students get out of bed to get ready for school, and later trudge home. Instead of getting the chance to be outdoors and soaking in what little bit of sunlight there is, students are instead lined up in rows like zombies sitting in desks for most of the day.
- January is bitterly cold. The average temperature in Stockholm is -2.8C (+27F). Exercise is so important for mental health, but it’s difficult to motivate oneself to go outside and run around when it’s that cold. Much easier to curl up under a blanket and stay warm inside.
Combine the lack of sunlight with the freezing temperatures, and you have a dangerous situation for your teenager’s health.
Let’s look at ways your student can adjust to these conditions, and start to love the beauty of winter in Sweden.