Beating the Winter Blues – your quick start guide


The nights are darker and the mornings just as gloomy. The weather isn’t as sunny as we’d like it to be and we’ve dug out our winter coats, boots and long scarves yes, Autumn is finally here! While some of us might revel in spiced pumpkin lattes, the leaves changing, the Harvest Festival celebrations up at school, the run-up to Christmas and everything else in between, for the rest of us it can feel a little depressing. The lack of daylight hours and the persistently miserable weather can really take its toll on our mood and our motivations. So, before your Winter Blues really begin to kick in, we’ve compiled a list of ways you can kick back those feelings and try to embrace the long season ahead.

Update your home

Like we’ve already mentioned, the back end of the year brings with it, darker nights, gloomy mornings and rubbish weather; you’re going to be spending a lot more time indoors. So, why not make the most of it. Updating your home and getting it ready for the seasons ahead doesn’t mean having a full makeover – you can simply make a few changes that will really give your property and you a boost. Whether its smart bulbs from LED hut, a new rug, brand new throw, pillows and even scented candles, making a few changes here and there can really make coming home after a long day, even more worthwhile. Give it a try.

Don’t be afraid to get out an about

We all know the benefits of vitamin D. We get so much of it during the summer, but it’s in short supply for the rest of the year. But don’t worry, scientific research has shown that just getting out and about even for just 30 minutes can give your body and mind a real boost. So wrap up warm, strap the kids into the pushchair, get the lead on the dog and head outdoors while it’s dry and still mild! You’ll probably enjoy it and do it more often!

Eat well

Sitting at home binging on junk food is perfect for those rainy Sunday afternoons. But doing this every day can really be detrimental to your health and mental state. Make sure you treat your body to plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and drink plenty of water. Autumn is a great season for veggies like sweet potatoes, butternut squashes and pumpkins. Not forgetting apples for those delicious helpings of apple pie! By keeping your energy up and eating good sources of vitamins, proteins and minerals you’ll feel 100 times better than if you eat a whole tub of ice cream…

Plan a holiday

We all need something to look forward to. So if you’re spending most of your time dreaming of white sand and crystal clear water, maybe you should turn that dream into a reality. Summer holidays for the following year are usually available at a great price during the colder months of the year, so head online and see if you can cheer yourself up with a bargain.

Ellie Dickinson