Now that winter is well on its way, I think it’s the perfect time to talk about some things that I find comforting during this season. It’s a well-known fact that many people experience the feeling of low mood during this time – this is something called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). It’s known more commonly as “Winter Blues” or “Winter Depression”.
Like many people, I am more prone to low mood during the months where the days are shorter. As much as I love the crisp air of winter, the excitement of snowfall and the realisation that it will soon be Christmas, I hate the fact that the sun is now setting at around 5pm. I hate going to work in the cold mornings just after sunrise and then walking home in the dark. Unfortunately, it’s a part of life – but it doesn’t last forever. Before you know it, it will be Summer again.
Here are a list of some of the things that I do in order to enjoy this time of year a little more and not let the Winter Blues get me down…
#1 – Midday Soup
I say midday soup but really you can have it whenever you like! I find that soup is a lovely way of taking some time out for yourself. My favourite soup is filled with vegetables, which is a great way of keeping to a healthy diet during this season; it can sometimes be all too easy to eat sugary food and carbs, as the symptoms of low mood can make you crave these even more than usual. I recently had a tomato and basil soup from one of my favourite cafés and it was amazing.
#2 – Blankets. AND LOTS OF THEM!
It’s a fairly obvious statement to say that everyone loves to feel cosy and warm, especially during winter. I think blankets are the perfect and perhaps most necessary component to my next winter comfort…
#3 – My Favourite Movie
Even though I studied Film in college, (in fact it was my strongest subject – I eventually earned an A* for my exams and coursework) I do not have a favourite film.. I have films that I have seen too many times to ever want to see again because of taking Film Studies, (anyone else have to watch Fight Club several times as preparation for their exam?) so now I have an array of films that are technically ALL my favourites depending on what mood I’m in. Here are some of my favourites that you may like to try:
- Ed Wood
- My Neighbour Totoro
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Dracula (1931 Starring Bela Lugosi)
- Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
And, if you love Christmas, then November isn’t too early to start watching your favourite festive films. My favourite Christmas film is Elf. What’s yours?
#4 – Candles
Since having my own apartment, I have become obsessed with candles – specifically scented ones. I recently bought a ginger and cinnamon one from Primark and it is perfect for relaxing in the evenings. My favourite however is one called Pink Lemonade, which I also bought from Primark (if you’re a regular reader of my blog you will already know that I adore the Primark Home section).
#5 – Bubble Bath
After being at work all day, feeling stressed out, then having to walk home in the cold (and sometimes rain, too) there really is nothing better than taking some me-time to relax. I’m currently using Candy Mountain bubble bar from Lush Cosmetics, but my favourite has to be Karma, which is also a bubble bar from the same store.
#6 – A New Book
Since moving to a new department at work I have been granted the luxury of an hour-long break, which is fantastic because it gives me time away from my job and I find my work day goes much smoother and much quicker. However you aren’t really allowed to take breaks with your co-workers, so I have started taking a book in my bag every day to read on my lunch. As a teenager, I used to read quite often, but in more recent years I have neglected my books. Taking a book to work with me is a great way to get back into reading and books provide escapism, so they can take your mind off your low mood. I really do believe that reading enriches the soul. At the moment, I am trying to read all of the Harry Potter books before moving onto the complete works of Edgar Allen Poe.
#7 – Drawing
This is something else that I used to do in my teens but not so much anymore. I have recently started drawing again in my free time, as it is a good way of taking your mind off of what’s around you. Drawing also gives you something to work towards, whether that be finishing your artwork or improving on your skill.
#8 – Video Games
Like books, video games provide escapism. They enable you to take your mind off of things while focusing on an alternative goal entirely. I often enjoy immersing myself into all kinds of video games – a good, story-driven game can be almost like watching a movie, as video games are becoming more and more cinematic with every release. I have to confess that since The Sims 4: Cats and Dogs was released on Friday, I haven’t played anything else. Even though it is in no way driven by narrative I enjoy seeing what I can create. Here are some of the other video games that I like to play:
- Fable: The Lost Chapters
- Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Fallout 4
- The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt
#9 – Plants
I love plants! I am currently writing this post in my living room and just from looking around this room alone I can see a grand total of 8 plants. While that may seem excessive to others, I like to keep plants because they oxygenate the rooms they are in and they are actually known to be helpful if you’re suffering from low mood. Having a plant to maintain can improve your attentiveness and it gives you something to look after. I even keep a plant on my desk at work, too.
#10 – Pyjamas
I’ll level with you on this last one, right here. I’m usually in my pjs by 5pm if I’m not out and about and if I’m completely honest with you, the bra comes off around that time, too. Wearing jeans can sometimes be quite uncomfortable and us ladies know just how annoying bras can be! I can’t really relax if I feel constricted, whether that’s by my underwear or denim – if you want to feel cosy and comfy, then get yourself some nice pjs. Alternatively, if you don’t want to wear pyjamas as early as I do, then why not invest in some thermal leggings?
Thanks again for reading this week, I hope you enjoyed it and maybe you’ll even give some of these points a go. Do you have a suggestion that could help improve mood over winter? If you do, then please leave a comment below and I’ll give it a try!
See you next week! Xoxo