It’s easy to forget when we are having such amazing October weather here in London, that actually Autumn isn’t all about Pumpkin Spice Latte’s and Lush’s Christmas range! The last few days I’ve really started to notice the day’s are getting colder; the nights are getting longer; the torrential rain is becoming a bit too frequent for my liking; and getting out of bed is just that liiiittle bit harder in the morning.
So here is 10 small ways to combat the Autumn / Winter Blues, or just to give yourself a little lift when that SAD decides to rear it’s ugly head.
- Put on your biggest cosiest scarf, and fill a travel mug with a warm drink before you head out for work. It works wonders when your waiting at that bus stop in the cold. Oh and breakfast. Always eat breakfast.
- Ditch the diet. Shepard’s Pie, Sausage and Mash, and even just a jacket potato with beans and cheese has magical warming powers.
- Make the weekends count. Don’t spend them all walking round shopping centre’s with the excuse that you are early Christmas shopping, just because they have heating. Wrap up warm, and take a walk, or a bike ride. Look around you and appreciate the amazing beauty in the season. All season’s are beautiful, and realising how amazing nature is, will stop you resenting the weather change quite so much. (Also note Christmas shopping is best done as close to the time as possible – not from an organisation perspective, but just for ULTRA festive feels.
- Exercise is good for your mood. Endorphins and such. (This also goes for chocolate FYI) if you really cant pluck up the courage to venture into the cold dark nights after work (I don’t blame you) try doing some yoga from home.
- Tea. Tea is great. If tea just isn’t cutting it anymore, and you reaaalllly need a lift then a hot choc with cream and marshmallows is a nice indulgent little treat that makes you feel all warm and cosy inside.
- Remember all the things you have to be grateful for. Appreciate being able to go home, stick the heating on, or wrap up under a blanket. The little things that go un – noticed are the things that make life bearable, and a lot of people in the world don’t have those basic luxuries.
- This is one for the students out there: PUT THE HEATING ON! I mean it. It’s worth it. Trust me.
- Bake. Baking is good for the soul, and afterwards you get to have cake or bread
- Always have a pair of clean pj’s ready for when you get in. A dressing gown gets you bonus points. Nothing it warmer and cosier than pyjamas, and when it’s winter it’s totally acceptable to be ready for bed at 5.30pm.
- Never underestimate the power of a Christmas film in October. If there is one thing we have to look forward to at this time of year, it’s Christmas. Even if it is still two months away, embrace it.