The middle of winter isn't always fun. The precious daylight hours are spent inside, maybe in a house, an office or a classroom, and by the time we get home nighttime has descended ~ 5pm feels like 10pm! But with a little creativity we can brighten up even the gloomiest days of winter...
Words by Thalia Stronge
Embrace the coziness! Light candles, fires, drink warm mugs of cocoa, and snuggle under woolly blankets.
Invest in a cosy pair of pyjamas.
Create a playlist of positive, feel-good tunes. If you get low in vitamin D or a touch of the winter blues, pop it on and let the music lift your spirits.
Band together with friends and create a fortnightly reason to catch up. What about a ‘crafts and cocktails’ night, with the rotating host preparing a special cocktail for you all to sip on while you get all get stuck into a new craft, like making bath bombs!
Exercise! Soak in some Vitamin N (nature), explore a local park, and a wild coastline or a mountain to hike. The great outdoors in the heart of winter is a stunning sight.
Get up a little earlier before work and put a stew in the slow cooker, the anticipation of a hearty, ready dinner will get you through even the bleakest of days.
Go thrift shopping!
Discover something that you can convert into an interesting home for your succulents – glass coffee pots make great terrariums.
Plan a night out. To the theatre, a comedy club or a funny movie, you know what they say – laughter is the best medicine.
Add peppermint to your hot cocoa, or have hot ginger, lemon and honey toddy. With a lash of whisky, go on.
Take up a new hobby, always wanted to make your own pottery? Now’s the time!
Visit your grandparents.
Help other’s who are finding winter particularly hard, donate some cans of soup or volunteer your time at your local social service organisation.
Help make ‘Mulled Wine Mondays’ a thing.
Make a trip to the nearest hot springs or thermal pools.
Make a big batch of chilli, get a brew of kombucha going, bake something special!
Smile – appreciate the beauty of winter, it won’t be here for long.