Winter is approaching fast, and with it, dismal grey days! The lack of light and cold weather can often make us feel a little down in the dumps, but thankfully there is an abundance of ways to beat the winter blues, from snuggling up at home to planning a holiday! Here are just a handful of ways to cheer up those gloomy days when the nights are long…
While many may not be a fan of the winter, there’re a few things about this season that are highly enjoyable. One of them involves getting cosy! There’s nothing better than arriving home after a long day in the office, popping on a pair of cosy pyjamas, lighting the fire and making yourself a hot chocolate! Curl up on the sofa with a great book or watch your favourite movie and you’ll quickly begin to forget about those winter blues.
The smell of freshly baked cookies is guaranteed to put a smile on your face on a cold winter’s day. It’s also a great family activity to partake in, especially when it’s too dark and chilly to venture outside. You can use a tried and tested recipe or get creative and try something new. You can even opt for healthy cookies if you’re feeling particularly good! There are a number of recipes online for raw and vegan-style cookies too, many of which taste great, whilst using only organic, healthy ingredients.
It’s easy to get into the routine of coming straight home, popping on the cosy PJ’s and sitting in front of the TV or fire for the evening. Although a lovely thing to do, some of us will start to feel down because we’ve spent too much time at home and indoors. This tends to happen often in the winter due to the weather. However, providing it isn’t raining and blowing a gale, there’s nothing to stop you sticking on a few layers and going out for a winter walk. Alternatively, go shopping or check out a movie. Make this a weekly outing and ensure you stick to it!
Brighten up the home
There is no better excuse to brighten up the home when the nights are dark and the sky is grey. Buy yourself (or a lucky friend) a beautiful bouquet of bright blooms boasting an array of hot hues and vibrant textures. As well as adding an instant injection of colour to any room in the household, flowers will also enhance your mood with their sweet fragrance. There are a number of online florists offering next and same-day delivery services, meaning you won’t even have to venture outside to buy your blooms, you can instead wait in anticipation for them to be delivered directly to your door. Of course, you may want to invest in some new artwork or furniture, or of flowers are not your thing, you could opt for a houseplant instead to provide a healthy dose of greenery.
Exercise is proven to release endorphins in your brain – chemicals that make you feel happier. Asides from making a difference to your physical health, they also make a difference to your mental state. Even if you’re used to exercising outdoors, and have held off due to poor weather, there are a number of things you can do inside, even from the comfort of your own home. The likes of yoga, Pilates and Zumba are all popular options. If you’re unsure of what to do, simply watch an online class. Even doing regular sit-ups, press-ups and other small exercises can get the blood flowing so you stay warm on a cold winter’s evening!
Plan a vacation
If you’ve been dreaming of sunshine and blue waters, there is no better time to plan a vacation than in the winter months! Regardless of whether the trip is imminent or in the future, having something to look forward to will certainly cheer you up when it’s too cold to venture outside. You can also use the time prior to the trip to order your holiday wardrobe or get in shape. Alternatively, you can research your chosen destination and plan all of the fun activities you want to do when you’re away!
Phone a friend
Catching up with a friend is a great way to put an instant smile on your face, especially when you’re feeling a little low. Curl up on the couch with a warming drink and talk the night away. This may be a video call with a friend overseas or a simple phone call with someone in the same country that you haven’t spoken to for a while. Alternatively, it could just be a call to a good friend for a good natter!