With the air getting chillier and the days shorter (how did you manage with the “extra hour” in bed this weekend?) it can be tempting to begin to hibernate. We start to sneak the heating up, and add more layers in the house and add the padding to our bodies that bigger, stodgier meals bring. Of course, it’s not really too cold to go outside – we’re not in Siberia! But we seem to need a bit of motivation to get us through the days. Here are 5 things to help us cope with the winter misery.
Add some colour
They might be grey skies out there, but there’s no reason to dress all in grey, or black! Add little splashes of colour in your wardrobe, like red boots, or a bright coloured bag.
Your house might also appreciate a splash of colour, either on the walls or by adding some textiles and new house plants.
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Use the evenings snuggled under a faux fur blanket to achieve little things you feel you don’t have time for in the summer. Organise your budget, look up meal planning ideas, and plan your next sunshine break. Check out this post for inspiration of toddler-friendly destinations within 5 hours of the UK.
You could also order in the essentials to fill up your medicine cupboard, so you’re ready for when the whirl of Christmas socialising hits. Try Pharmacy2U who even offer a prescription delivery service, so you’re covered for all eventualities.
Seriously, everyone’s mood improves when you’ve had some outside time. Layer up, and get outdoors! We all feel better when we’ve had a bit of exercise and fresh air. Read my tips for keeping kids warm in the winter. Some of our best adventures have been in the cold of the winter, including the memorable time my youngest fell in the North Sea in winter!
Apparently, we’re less enamoured with ‘hygge’ these days and we’re embracing the Icelandic concept of ‘gluggavedur‘ this autumn/winter. It means ‘window weather’ and this concept is all about being curled up indoors while enjoying the views outside, whether that’s snow fall, clouds of fog, or clear bright, blue skies. Gluggavedur means snuggling up by the window and appreciating the beautiful weather from the comfort of your living room or bedroom – sounds a great way to spend the cold winter months to me!
I’ve rekindled my love affair with my Apple Watch (check out this post for Apple Watch essentials for busy parents) and I’m increasing my active calories each week. This is really driving me on to continue exercising though the winter. Summer bodies are built in the winter! When we exercise our bodies release chemical endorphins that create a positive feeling in the body and an energising outlook on life.
What do you do to help you through winter?