Stay Cozy: Ways I Fight Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
- As the darker winter days approach, it’s natural to feel a bit glummy at the thought of the lack of brightness, cold grey weather and dark mornings/evenings. Below is a list of tricks I use to face that seasonal gloominess.
Become A Book Worm
- Reading books curled up in your bed is the perfect activity to bring you a sense of wellbeing. Try to create a reading list and see how many books you can get through or join a book club.
Reach Out To Friends/Family
- Social interactions on a small and cosy scale are so beneficial. I tend to “hibernate” in the cold winter months, so I make the time to socialise with my friends. However there’s no fancy dinner parties to be seen, our get together’s are simply filled with coffee, yummy snacks and lots of laughs.- Just what every soul needs.
Get Busy In The Kitchen
- Taking a full afternoon to gently cook or bake something is very helpful. Cooking can be so relaxing and nourishing. Try to look up some slow cooker recipes or even try making some delicious homemade bread with chili.
- I am a big believer that a warm cup of coffee is good for the soul! If you’re not a coffee fan then go for another warm drink.
- Socks, jumpers, hats and scarves .. go wild my friend! Or simply treat yourself to some new cushions and a cozy blanket.
Start New Tradition With Friends/Family
- Another way to foster that social connection is by creating traditions. It might be inviting your circle of friends to a monthly board games night. Just do something that will bring you and your friends/family closer together to create lasting memories.
Connect With Nature
- When we are close to nature we are less distracted with technology and are usually in a more mindful and relaxed state.
Schedule A Craft Date
- Again, in the spirit of developing closer connections with people, why not plan a craft date with some friends? This would be perfect closer to Christmas as you could watch Christmas movies while drinking mulled wine and making cards and or wreaths.
Make Your Exercise Cosy
- Instead of working out in a gym make your exercise more cosy by doing yoga or Pilates indoors in gentle lighting.
Technology Free Hours
- Sitting on your phones or laptops does nothing for togetherness, so why not try setting some times when you’re family agree to put away ALL technology?
Use Scents To Your Advantage
- I love some of the smells associated with this time of year, cinnamon and vanilla are definitely my favourite but this aromatherapy candle in the scent “Comfort” is hands down my go to candle. Shot out to my younger sister for bringing this candle into my life. (From Bath & Body Works). Try using Essential oils in a diffuser, it will not only make your home smell amazing and increase the cosiness factor but they will relax you and improve your mood.
Many of these things may feel a little trivial when it comes to facing seasonal gloominess. At the heart of all of the above suggestions are taking joy in simple pleasures, being in nature, connection with loved ones and gratitude. Those are all powerful things and can make a huge difference to how you feel.