Shivers, chattering teeth, getting your scarf trapped in the zip of your coat – yes, it’s that time of year again. WINTER. It’s the time of year we associate with layering up (especially on the waistline), Christmas, and running late because of underestimating the amount of frost on our car windscreens.
It’s not the worst time of year, but let’s face it – it’s not summer. Here are six cheery tips to help you avoid the winter blues:
1. Make mince pies!
During winter when the weather’s not so great, we’re more likely to get lazy, which is good in moderation for relaxation but too much of this will lead to lethargy and decreased spirits. Just because you’re inside doesn’t mean you can’t do anything. Baking is a great way to both relax, keep your mind and body active, and it can fun for all the family. Mince pies are at the top of the list right now, of course!
2. Take long walks
Even though it’s cold, it’s still important to get enough exercise, and a chilly walk can often be very refreshing. Exercise also releases endorphins, the happy hormone, so taking a brisk walk and getting your heart rate up is brilliant for both mind and body. Also whilst you’re outside, you’ll be soaking up lots of Vitamin D from the sunlight, which is important to stay chirpy and to avoid getting Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
3. Get enough rest
Sleep and relaxation is, no doubt, the key to a healthy mind, body and soul. With the Christmas period upon us, it’s easy to have a build up of stress, so finding the time to relax isn’t easy but it’s definitely important. Our blackout blinds aid sleep by providing a room that’s free from light so you can get to sleep faster and have no interference from the outside light. However, it is important to balance this with getting enough sunlight when you are awake.
4. Have a laugh
Laughter is the key to feeling happy and this, too, releases endorphins. If you’re at home, try reading or watching something that will make you laugh. If you’re stuck for ideas, sticking on some funny cat videos on YouTube always does the trick.
5. Pursue a hobby
Winter-time can be a great time to reintroduce yourself with a hobby you love, and you can also include the whole family! Whether that’s painting, playing family board games or pursuing a sport, try and make winter as enjoyable as any other time of year!
6. Take a short break
Sometimes a break and a change of environment is just what you need. Whether it’s for a weekend or a week, a chance to spoil yourself with your family, friend or partner will definitely raise your spirits. If winter is definitely not your thing, then find a place in the sun and say good-bye to the winter blues!