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Beating the winter blues

Pug wrapped up in a blanket

The days are getting shorter and darker and, despite being used to the glorious British weather, I think more of us suffer from the winter blues than we might like to admit. It can be even harder to get through the day with all of the stuff we’re seeing in the news lately (on that note check out Positive News if you need a bit of a pick me up).

Here are my top 5 tips to getting through the colder months

Cuddles, coffee and comfort

The only way to start the day! I hate being cold so try to make my mornings as enjoyable as possible. I’ll usually have a quick cuddle with my cat before wrapping up in my fluffy dressing gown and slippers and heading to the kitchen. With my cafetiere in hand (our Guatemalan is my absolute fave), I grab some breakfast and snuggle up on the sofa to start my day in the most relaxing way possible. Whatever works for you, make sure to take 10 to really enjoy the peace and quiet before getting on with your day.

Switch off

Leave your phone on the bedside table and don’t touch it until you leave the house. Being ‘switched on’ all the time is not just tiring but proven to lower mood and productivity so catch up on those emails/notifications later. Check out this article if you want to know more about why checking your phone first thing is bad for you.

Stop multitasking

Life is short (and the sunlight hours particularly so at this time of year), so focus on the things you actually need to do to and forget about everything else. Focus on one thing at a time and take frequent breaks to get some fresh air and stretch your legs. If it’s really too cold for that, go and pop the kettle on. Just make sure you’re timing your coffee right to avoid the midday slump.

Person reading a book with a coffee

Tea time

When you get home in an evening, take 20 minutes or so to sit by yourself and just savour a nice warming cuppa (peppermint tea is definitely best this time of year). I love making a pot of tea – people have been drinking tea for thousands of years so it feels very ritualistic. Use the time to get out any stresses from your day and think about all of the things you’re grateful for, I can guarantee you’ll feel better by the time you finish your cup.

Get moving

This doesn’t have to involve leaving the house if you really hate the cold weather like me. Yoga is great both physically and mentally and can be done just about anywhere. Just make sure to get those endorphins flowing and warm up that body of yours.

Sometimes we just need a little pick me up. Whether it’s a meal out with the family, a drink with a friend or a book to curl up with at the weekend, make sure to take time for you.

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