Autumn is nearly over, where did the time go? You may have gained an extra hour now the clocks have gone back, but perhaps you’ve lost some of that summertime positivity to colder days and longer nights.
Whether you love or loathe the upcoming season…winter is coming, and the transition can be a bit of a shock to the system! So, to help ease you into the darker days, we have 16 simple hints and tips to help you put a spring in your step!
- Tip 1 -
BECOME A MORNING PERSON
It’s no secret that during the winter months, the days get shorter and darker! So, why not swap your late nights for a slightly earlier morning routine? Sunlight provides a great source of vitamin D, and let’s face it, puts a smile on everybody’s face. Whilst it might seem grey outside, even an overcast day is 500 to 1,000 times brighter than being inside your home or office. So what are you waiting for? Take a stroll outdoors between 6am and 10am, when daylight is at its strongest.
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COOK WITH SEASONAL VEGETABLES
The autumn and winter months are great for colourful produce such as swede, sweet potato and pumpkin. As well as being tasty, these vegetables provide a great source of vitamin C, fibre and the antioxidant, Beta-Carotene. It’s time to get savvy with seasonal foods…they will help to boost your serotonin levels, keeping you happy, and ward off your cravings, helping you to maintain a healthy lifestyle over the festive period.
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CAPTURE THE MOMENT
If you’ve got an eye for photography, or just love to post your favourite snaps on Instagram, then why not head outdoors with your friends and family, and take advantage of the changing seasons. The transition from autumn into winter is the perfect opportunity to capture beautiful scenic shots.
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TIME FOR INDULGENCE
As the days get colder, there’s simply no better time of year to treat yourself to something a bit sweet, and a deliciously chocolatey beverage will tick all the boxes. So…heat up some milk and add in a generous portion of deliciously smooth Nutella, and you will have created the ultimate hot chocolate – perfect for a wintry day!
- Tip 5 -
ALWAYS BE PREPARED
The mornings may be colder…but that doesn’t mean you have to be! Keep your dressing gown and slippers close to your bed, so when that pesky alarm rings, you can simply reach out to grab those extra layers!
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If you’ve just opened your front door with all the best intentions, but instead are wondering whether you’ve accidentally stumbled into Narnia, then never fear! A 2005 study from Harvard University suggests that exercising indoors in winter, has a positive impact, so why not try keeping fit in your own home? Exercise is scientifically proven to lift those winter blues and improve general mental health, social functioning, and vitality. If you’re stuck for ideas, there are plenty of National Trust activities available to help inspire and motivate you, click here to find something near you.
- Tip 7 -
If you’re feeling the chill, then you’ll be pleased to hear that there is a way to trick your body into forgetting it’s blue! Studies show that reminiscing about fond memories actually makes you feel warmer, so why not kick back and get those old photo albums out?
- Tip 8 -
INVEST IN AN ELECTRIC BLANKET
If you struggle to get warm when you get into bed at this time of year, then this piece of advice is a no-brainer! Get yourself a toasty electric blanket to snuggle up with, they’re so much more than just a piece of bedding. They also act as a portable heating system you can wear around the house...and they can be stylish too!
- Tip 9 -
BOOK YOUR NEXT HOLIDAY
If you find yourself longing for sunnier climes and cocktails on the beach, then why not book your next holiday? Just this one simple act of planning a trip can significantly increase your overall happiness, giving you something to look forward to.
- Tip 10 -
PLAN A DINNER PARTY…OR TWO!
Now we all know how tricky it can be to get everyone together at this time of year, especially as we get closer to Christmas, and that’s why there’s really no harm in planning your dinner parties in advance. Simply set a date, invite your nearest and dearest and create great memories in the comfort of your home. Being around people who make you happy, enjoying good food and great laughs is the perfect formula for a wintry evening in!
- Tip 11 -
TRY SOME HOME-MADE FESTIVE COCKTAILS
Sometimes the perfect winter pick-me-up is a sweet treat! Get into the spirit of things and create your very own seasonal drinks. Popular drinks include mulled wine, eggnog and hot buttered rum, but if you prefer something a little less intense, why not indulge in a hot chocolate or an innocent peppermint version with all the trimmings? They’re super easy to make, and very easy to enjoy!
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HAVE A DE-CLUTTER
When the dark nights creep in, it’s easy to find yourself watching the television again and wondering if there is anything more productive to do with your time. A good de-clutter can not only be therapeutic, but it can keep your energy levels high during those longer, colder evenings.
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It’s the perfect time of year to get to know your creative side! Move over Kirstie Allsopp, why not get crafty by creating festive garlands, tree hangers and seasonal table centrepieces?
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GET INTO THE FESTIVE SPIRIT
Whether you love it, or loathe it, Christmas is coming! If you’re a humbug all the way, our advice is to embrace the upcoming season and get into the spirit of things. Say yes to the office parties, yes to the catch up with friends, and make the most of time with your family. You’ll soon start enjoying yourself during the festive period - it’s the perfect remedy for those pesky winter blues.
- Tip 15 -
VISIT CHRISTMAS MARKETS
Yes, it’s true that Christmas Markets can be busy and expensive, but they can also be fun! Indulge in German bratwurst, hot glühwein, chocolate crêpes, carols and traditional decorations, you can’t get much more festive than this!
- Tip 16 -
VISIT YOUR LOCAL PUB
Of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip to your local pub! Why not pop into your local Chef & Brewer this year and enjoy traditional seasonal dishes cooked to perfection, winter drinks and a festive atmosphere. Get cosy and celebrate the coming festive season with us, click here for more information.