This time of year can be magical and joyous and sparkly and happy but for a lot of people, including myself in the past, it can also be miserable and depressing and sad. Literally SAD. I’m talking about Seasonal Affective Disorder which is a very real condition which can affect anyone in the Winter months, when daylight is shorter, darkness creeps in at 4 p.m and ultimately can leave people feeling, well, miserable.
If you’re in the UK, you would have likely noticed that we had our first Wintery snow shower about a week ago. As a lover of the cold, I personally thought it was a beautiful sight and although it didn’t set, it was nice to see the flurries drifting down whilst I was huddled up inside, warm by the fire! That might sound like a pleasant scene but of course, this time of year and the colder conditions can bring some problems. It’s important to enjoy Winter but also stay safe and healthy as well, especially when you’re out and about.
Back in July (goodness me that seems like ages ago now, doesn’t it? Where has this year gone?) I wrote a “25 Autumn blog post ideas” post which went down really well and I really enjoyed writing and brainstorming for. Sooooo… Now we’re in arguably the prettiest and most magical season (Winter, for those who aren’t aware…) I thought I’d do a Winter / Christmas themed post of the same nature!
We made it through January, horrah. But it’s still cold, it’s still dark and it can still look and feel pretty miserable outside. Now, although I’m someone who absolutely loves winter and loves the cold, I’ve not been completely un-prone to the effects of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) in the past and even I tend to look a bit harder for those little comforts in the colder, darker months when they’re really needed. Today I’ve put together a little list of things that I do in winter to make it a bit more bearable and which will also, hopefully, give you that positive kick into the Spring months.
Earlier this year (on 1st May if we’re being picky) you may have read my post of 15 reasons why I hate summer. I endured more or less every one of these reasons for the following 4 months after that post was published and suffered through multiple days of over 30 degree heat here in the London tropics. It was, to put it lightly, soul destroying. I don’t think anyone truly understands how much I really do hate summer and although that post was a bit tongue-in-cheek and exaggerated for humour purposes, summer really doesn’t bode well for me because it sends my anxiety sky-rocketing. I love autumn and winter and here’s why (and don’t worry, there’s not a pumpkin spiced latte in sight)