I don’t like the winter, the drizzly, grey mornings where I wake up in the dark and the pitch black evenings where I come home in the dark. I’ve forgotten what the light looks like! On the one hand, I like snuggling down to watch the TV with a cup of tea during the evenings but I am actually longing for the beautiful clear days of summer where life seems brighter and the days seem to last forever.
However, I am here to brighten up your life not moan about it, so here’s some tips for fighting the winter blues.
- Do something festive
Probably the most obvious one and only really acceptable in December but embrace the cold and go ice skating, go and look round the shops or go to a Christmas market. You could even make some Christmas crafts inside or just put Christmas music on and have a bit of a dance. (Highly recommended!) The key is to keep your mind busy and realising you can still go out and do everything you want.
2. Have things to look forward to
Nothing keeps me going more than having something to look forward to during the cold months, whether this is meeting my friends for drinks or just having dinner with my boyfriend, it still helps keep me focused on what’s important. If this isn’t always possible, set yourself small goals such as making someone dinner or having a long bath to relax. It’s satisfying.
3. Throw yourself into work
I hate looking out the window at work and thinking about how I have an hour and a half of travelling before I get home but by working hard all day, I never have time to think of this. Don’t stress yourself out obviously, but work is a big part of your life so enjoy it if you can.
4. Lots of tea!
Seen that very on point meme about tea always listening and not questioning? Well, tea is honestly one of the best things in life especially in the cold months. We all have lots of tea at work, I have lots at home and it’s just so comforting you know? Holding that mug in your hand and feeling all content and at peace with the world…good god I’m sad. So yeah, tea is well good yeah?
5. Read a book
I love reading and I know that not everyone does but seriously, reading really helps when you have one of those bored/ down days. You can just get lost in the story and nothing else seems to matter. Try a bit of Jodi Picoult or Peter James. You’ll instantly be hooked and forget about how dark it suddenly got outside.
The last thing I want to say is just keep positive and surround yourself with positive people. We can make it through these winter months and then fry during the heat of summer and moan all over again. British people and climate change eh? You can’t win.