It’s that time of year again. The days are shorter, much shorter. When the clocks change, dealing with the darker days can be challenging and add to issues like seasonal depression. There is no way around it (aside from moving to a sunnier place) but we’ve put a list together of some things that can hopefully make this time of year a little more bearable.
- Try to get outside. Spend time outside when the sun is out. Go for a lunchtime walk or even just stand outside for a bit in the morning. It might be chilly, but that vitamin D will do wonders for your mood and give you a boost for the whole day.
- Find things to look forward to. Wintertime has a lot to offer, despite the long hours of darkness. Holidays and local events can be bright spots to look forward to when you’re struggling with shorter days.
- Brighten things up. When there isn’t much daylight, the night seems to fall so quickly even though it’s only the afternoon. You can create a cosy ambiance by stringing up fairy lights or adding lamps and candles around your space to create light and warmth. It can brighten up a room and make it feel like a safe space.
- Make it a moment. Embrace the darkness! Dark winter nights are the perfect time to settle in with a cup of hot chocolate (with marshmallows) and watch a feel-good movie. The hot drink and upbeat film will warm your spirits from the inside out.
- Remember it won’t last forever. Before you know it, it will be summer when the nights seem to never end.
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