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Five ways to ward off the winter blues

Dark nights, cold mornings, and lockdown fatigue… It’s enough to make anyone feel a little gloomy. But winter isn’t all bad – it also means cosy jumpers, long countryside walks, and lots of hearty food. If you’re still not convinced, keep reading to hear our favourite ways to stay positive this winter.

1. Hunker down

There’s a reason Scandi interiors are so beautiful – harsher weather conditions mean more time spent indoors, so it’s worth investing in a living environment that makes you feel safe and happy. Think cosy yet bright, with plenty of soft lighting and fluffy blankets.

House plants can help to lift most living spaces — just be sure to consider your home environment when purchasing any tropical plants, as they don’t like the cold!

 

2. Get outside

While it might feel difficult to pull yourself away from your warm lounge, getting outside can help to lift your mood and break the monotony of the day. Turn off the TV, wrap up warmly and head outside — whether it’s for a fifteen-minute stroll, or a two-hour bike ride, you’ll feel all the better for it.

Exercise releases endorphins in the body (the happy hormone) helping you to feel happier and more energised. Plus, it’s always good to keep your fitness up by moving regularly.

 

3. Have a chat

Pick up the phone and call that friend you haven’t spoken to in a while. Or your cousin who you haven’t seen since last Christmas. Or that ex-colleague who used to make you laugh during tea breaks. Whoever it is, catching up with an old friend or relative can put a smile on your face, while giving you a chance to discuss any issues of your own.

Socialising is good for our mental health, so consider checking up on those who need it most with a friendly phone call or visit.

 

4. Treat yourself

It’s dark and cold, so what should you do? Make the ultimate hot chocolate, of course. Mix pure cocoa powder with milk of your choice (plant-based works just as well as dairy) and a little sugar, then add your favourite toppings, from whipped cream to mini marshmallows. The result? An indulgent hug in a mug.

 

5. Self-care from within

Looking after your immune system has never been more important, and with winter well under way, we should all be looking for natural ways to boost our immune health. Vitamin C and Zinc are an obvious choice for winter wellness, or try our Elderberry Gummies for extra support in a delicious berry-flavoured gummy.

Vitamin D intake is also important during the winter months, as there isn’t enough sunlight for us to keep levels topped up. Consider taking a vitamin D supplement to ensure you are getting enough of this immunity-boosting nutrient.