Staying Positive Over the Winter Months

We all know that winter can get a little depressing at times. Here, Katie talks you through some of the ways that she beats those pesky winter blues.

Not all of us deal with autumn and winter that well. The cold and the dark as we head to the tail-end of the year can leave some people feeling down. Personally, I find that the older I get, the harder it gets to deal with the colder seasons. So, here are some of my tried and tested methods for beating the blues:

Getting out

So, it might be horribly cold outside, but getting out can make a real difference to the way you feel. You don't need to hide inside all season, just wrap up warm and go and explore! One thing I absolutely love to do is grab my camera and go and take photos of nature. It gives you a reason for getting out, and you've got something to show for it when you get home.

Try Hygge

The Danish tradition of Hygge is taking the world by storm right now. There's no direct translation for the word into English, but it basically involves: getting together with your friends, lighting candles, creating a cosy atmosphere, switching your phones off, consuming delicious food & drink, and having a good old natter! Sounds like bliss, doesn't it? There's a reason that the Danes are consistently voted the happiest nation on the planet!

Delicious food

Winter's the perfect time to crack out the recipe book and try all of those gorgeous winter warmer recipes! We'll be popping plenty of our own winter warmer recipes up over the next few months, so keep your eyes peeled for those! (My personal fave is a gorgeous broccoli and potato soup - recipe coming soon!)

Fake the light

This time of year is horribly dark, isn't it? If that depresses you, products like Lumie Light alarm clocks can help. I've had one for about eighteen months, and I genuinely don't think I could live without it now! If you're not familiar with them, they emit light that tricks your brain into thinking it's sunlight, for half an hour before your alarm goes off. Basically, it really helps you to wake up more easily. Before bed, you switch it on for half an hour, and it gradually gets darker to simulate sunset; helping you sleep more easily. It definitely makes those dark mornings a little more bearable!

Invest time in a new hobby

A cosy evening is a great time to try a new hobby! For example, some things I've been wanting to try for ages are scrapbooking and sewing. (Two hobbies that are perfect for cosy evenings in!) I prefer to keep busy and tend to beat myself up if I sit down all evening just watching TV. This way, you'll have something to show for those nights in. You don't have to follow in my footsteps either, you can try anything that takes your fancy.
How do you cope with winter? Does it leave you feeling a little crestfallen, or do you love the cold and cosiness? Do you have any tips? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter!

(Please note: If you're really struggling, and think you may have Seasonal Affective Disorder, please consult your doctor. You don't have to suffer in silence!)

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