Words: Elena Andreou
If the thought of pitch black mornings, brrrrr weather and shorter days makes you want to hide away like a Hermit crab until spring, then we’ve got news for you. The winter months are not all doom and gloom, you can make your own fun even before all the Christmas craziness starts kicking off. Here’s how to embrace winter and stay smiling every, single day.
No, we’ve not lost the plot. Even if the weather outside is frightful, don’t stay at home feeling sorry for yourself on the sofa. It’s amazing what a short stroll can do for your mood, so get those endorphins flowing by heading outdoors. Grab your pooch for a walk around your local park or arrange to meet some friends for a coffee-fuelled hike. Those crisp, blue sky days are the perfect backdrop to any brisk walk.
Learn a new ‘comfort food’ recipe
Everyone has a favourite comfort dish they indulge in once the temperature plummets. Some choose soup, others prefer hearty roast dinners, but the general gist is it makes us feel great. This winter try to expand your recipe repertoire by learning a new comfort food dish to warm up your soul. Then score ultimate ‘host with the most’ bragging rights by inviting all your friends over to enjoy the result of your hard work in the kitchen.
Turn your home into a cosy retreat
Be greeted by an inviting oasis by switching up your décor. Throw a chunky, cosy throw on the sofa, scatter soothing candles and calming diffusers in every room and lay down a fluffy rug to keep your tootsies toasty. And when you’re suffering from a case of the winter blues, there’s not much a relaxing soak in the bath can’t fix!
Set yourself a new goal
We spend most of the year reflecting on our goals, but then winter arrives, and all motivation goes out of the window. Sound familiar? Break out of the bad habit and set yourself a new goal for the last few months of the year. Whether it’s something small (like seeing your family more) or big-picture (like nailing that promotion), staying focused on a goal will give you a renewed sense of purpose in the colder months.
Explore your local neighbourhood
If you want to do something different during your downtime, it’s easy to overlook what’s right in front of you. From pop-up events to exhibitions and Christmas markets, there’s probably plenty of fun to be had just a stone’s throw away from home. Not only will you be supporting local, independent businesses it means you won’t have to travel too far to have a day out.
Do a good deed for someone less fortunate
It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the materialistic stuff towards the end of the year – we’re all guilty of it! But, there’s plenty of people that struggle the most over the next few months and during the festive season. Whether it’s your elderly next-door neighbour that just wants a chit-chat because they get lonely or a soup kitchen that needs a hand dishing out Christmas Eve meals, a small act of kindness can go a long way. And we bet you will be feeling as great as the receiver too.