Feeling glum? You’re not alone.
Winter is coming, and with it come the seasonal blues that a large portion of the UK population suffer from.
Moody grey days and suffocatingly dark nights are enough to bring even the cheeriest of people down, and it’s during these colder months that the need for self care becomes extremely apparent.
Everyone has their own ways of perking up, but I thought I’d share a few of mine with you today – we’re all in this together!
❤ Take a long, relaxing bath. Make the water nice and hot, pick your favourite bath product and light a few scented candles to set the mood. If I’m settling in for a while I’ll take a few trashy magazines with me or put a chilled playlist on in the background that I can drift away to.
❤ Step away from social media, even if it’s just for an hour or two. As great as the likes of Facebook and Instagram are, at times nothing makes me feel as isolated as staring at a screen blindlessly scrolling and tapping away. Trust me when I say that everyone else can wait. Take the time to gather your thoughts and rest your mind, and you might just be surprised at how much better you feel.
❤ It’s also important to note that smartphones today are an amazing tool for connecting people all over the world. I like having a rest from my phone, but sometimes visiting my favourite websites and looking through my favourite instagram feeds are a great way to perk me up and get me feeling inspired again.
❤Fluffy pjs! When I’ve had a long day, nothing beats shredding my work clothes and slipping into a pair of comfortable, warm pajamas. Be it a onesie or a toasty matching set, throw them on and snuggle down with a smile.
❤ Eat your favourite food, and lots of it! I’m a sucker for pizza, and a Friday night pizza party can rescue me from even the worst of moods.
❤ As cheesy as it sounds, meditation is a great tool for clearing the mind and lifting the spirits. I use apps like Calm and Headspace and I’ve truly grown to rely on them when I need to clear the dark thoughts from my mind.
❤ Wrap up in a chunky scarf and coat and go for a walk. Breathe the fresh air, listen to the sounds of life happening around you and let the crisp, cold weather blow the cobwebs away.
❤ Escape to the sounds of your favourite playlist or podcast. The empty silence on bad days can quickly become overwhelming, and I find having something playing even if I’m not really focusing on it to be a great help.
❤ Watch a TV series or a movie. I find the likes of Friends and Gilmore Girls to be just the kind of light, heartwarming entertainment that I need to drag me out of my mood and get me giggling.
❤ Make a brew, or several! My kettle is constantly boiling in winter, and there is just something so incredibly soothing about a hot, tasty tea.
❤ Don’t be afraid to reach out to others for help. Suffering in silence and feeling like you’re fighting a rising tide alone can do so much more harm than good. Text a friend and grab a coffee together or send silly messages back and forth – whatever it takes to lift your spirits.
❤ Exercise! I know how incredibly difficult it can be to muster up the will to even get out of bed when you’re feeling low, but even the gentlest exercise can work wonders. Try yoga for a remedying release, or if you’ve got the energy push yourself with a short HIT sequence. Whatever you choose you’ll boost your serotonin production, which should hopefully give you a much needed lift.
The point that I think needs to be emphasised the most is that it is okay to give yourself and your mind a break. Remind yourself that you are allowed to be feeling this way – don’t beat yourself up for turning down that party invite, or for staying in bed crying along to a sad film. You DO matter and It’s time to put yourself first, and do what is right for you – you’ll thank yourself for it later.