It really is no secret I adore winter. I adore everything about it. People think I am weird but hear me out. If done correctly winter does really have something to offer each and every one of us. If you are someone who suffers from SAD or just has a dislike for the colder months here are 11 ways to embrace winter and kick those negative niggles behind.
When I was in secondary school, they would organise an annual trip just before the christmas trip to the local ice rink. We would all go on the coach, get your ice skates on and eat some chips with your friends. When I went to university I actually missed it. Now I am in London I am going to make it a point to do this around the city.
Winter Walks / Conker Picking
I adore winter walks – there is something special about the sun with the cold against your face. It really energises you.
Book up your social calendar
As an introvert it is very easy to hibernate during the winter months. The thing is human connection is good. Organise things you are comfortable going, in the time frame you are comfortable with and book it some time with your close friends and family. For example I know I am not a party girl and would much rather meet friends on a 1 to 1 basis so I scatter these across the months to give me something to look forward too.
Create a book list
There is nothing better than curling up with a good book. I love nothing more than getting into a dressing gown, a cup tea and scheduling some time to indulge in a book. Create a list of books you want to read, make a book order and tick them off the list once you have read them. Reading has a lot of mental benefit from brain power to writing.
Purchase a Lumie Light
Since I was 18, I have gone through periods where I wake up around 5.30-6am. In the winter, this means I wake up before the sun. Growing up it did not really affect me as I just came downstairs and ate breakfast there and did any college I needed to do. I was able to put the light on and it was nice and bright. Fast forward to today and waking up in the dark can be a bit disheartening. I eat breakfast and work on the blog before work all in my room. A Lumie Light seems like a good solution. The idea is the light mimics the light given by the sun. You set the alarm and the light will gradually get stronger and stronger to help wake you up lifting your mood. The prices can vary so do research and make sure you pick up one that suits you and your needs.
Organise themed film nights
If you love a film night why not make them more regular. To make them different set a theme – you can go as big or small as you like. The theme can just be the films you are planning to watch or you can go a bit further and match the snacks and decor to the themes. I would say clothing too but PJs and big blankets are always a requirement for winter film nights no?
Creates a winter glam beauty look
We will all have events during the festive months where we will need to glam up whether we like it or not. From family gatherings to office parties. Spend sometime having fun playing with your make up and create a couple of glam make up looks which you can fall back on.
Organise a winter vacation
We all love a good summer vacation so why not organise the same for winter. A skiing trip to France? A weekend to Edinburgh? A visit to the christmas markets in Burges? A trip to the southern hemisphere where the sun is shining? Whatever floats your boats – get planning.
Spice up your porridge
I eat porridge on the daily. I know I am not the only one so why not make it fun and switch it up regularly. You can add anything from chocolates to nut butters to fruit to sweet miso. The possibilities are endless and can make porridge a winter indulgence. If you need a place to start Instagram is the place to go.
Change your mindset – dark doesn’t mean home time
Just because it is dark by the time you leave the office, it does not mean you have to go straight home. You can still meet up with friends, visit the cinema and still be home by 9pm.
Go late night shopping
I do not know about you but there is something special about shopping in the dark. I do not know why – even food shopping seems like a special adventure in the dark. If you live in a city across the UK the christmas lights, the buzz around the shopping centres at this time of year can be rather special.
Let me know the ways in which you are going to be embracing winter this year.