Now the clock's have gone back and the weather's getting nippier, it can be tempting to dive under the duvet and go into 'hibernation' mode all winter through.
The drop in daylight hours and colder air all naturally have an impact on our moods, but there are some easy peasy ways to get out of the winter slump and enjoy the colder months. Behavioural psychotherapist, Dr. Becky Spelman, in conjunction with Dunelm, shares her top tips for rediscovering your winter zing.
- Make a mission: One of the most important factors for staying chirpy at this time of the year is feeling productive. Make plans that you can look forward to. That could be to have a wardrobe clean out, arrange to see friends and family or plan a movie night– whatever it is that makes you feel fulfilled, now is the time to be doing it. One in five people in a recent survey by Dunelm said they enjoyed the autumn because it signified Christmas was not far away – so look forward to it!
- Have a get-together: The Dunelm study shows that the average person only ventures out socially once a week in the winter months, but socialising is a really important way to stay happy at this time. So why not host social events in your home? Dinner parties and board game nights are great ways to keep your spirits up.
- Do an exercise DVD: One of the best way of beating the winter blues is to get some exercise in, but it can be hard when you don't want to journey outside. Instead, why not exercise from the comfort of your home, using a yoga or aerobics DVD or YouTube channel for instance. Just push the sofa back and get to it!
- Smile: It sounds simple, but something many people forget to do in autumn and winter is simply enjoy themselves! Often we’re too busy on focusing on our need to stay warm and survive, what we need emotionally is usually at the bottom of our list. The best advice is to do whatever you can to make yourself happy: read a good book, cook a delicious meal, or simply treat yourself to something that will perk you up.
- Plan ahead: It's important to accept that this is a hard time of the year, so make life as easy as possible for yourself. Boost your mood by preparing your lunch the night before, begin Christmas shopping early, and stock up on throws, pillows and candles to make your home a snuggly haven where you can batten down the hatches.
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