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25th November 2016 | Blog

12 little things to do that will cheer you up this winter

Okay guys, so it’s officially winter now in my eyes. The clocks have changed, I feel like I never see daylight anymore and it’s getting really, really cold. I know this happens every year and I should really be used to it by now but the change in seasons always comes as such a shock and I find myself constantly saying ‘oh my god, will you look at how dark it is!’ I don’t think I’m alone in that I always feel a bit rubbish at this time of year, already longing for summer to come back and wishing I could hibernate until it does. Although winter sucks, we still need to feel good about ourselves so this month I wanted to share some little things you can do to cheer yourself up during these dark months. 

 

 

Snuggle up with a good book and a hot chocolate on the sofa.  

Light your favourite candle (cinnamon scented, of course) and make your house all cosy with fairy lights and blankets. Fairy lights totally aren’t just for Christmas – I have mine up all year round! 

Go for a long walk in the beautiful winter sunshine, wrapped up in your warmest clothes. Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy spending time outdoors. It will most definitely do you good. 

Treat yourself to a little something you wouldn’t normally buy.  

Put on your warmest pyjamas, crank up the heating, get all the snacks and watch your favourite movie with your favourite people. 

Plan something fun for the New Year to look forward to. A few years ago I went away with my friends in January to stay at a lodge just an hour or so away and it did a world of good and was such a lovely way to put those January blues on hold. 

Buy some flowers to brighten up your house. They aren’t just for summer.  

Take a minute or two to think about the things you are grateful for, trust me it will put a smile on your face. 

Do some baking because nothing smells better than cake baking, especially when it’s got cinnamon in it (yes, I’m obsessed with cinnamon in the winter). Then you get to eat the cake, which is maybe even better. 

Visit the botanic gardens if there is one nearby to where you stay – a little wander round the glasshouses will soon have you fooled into believing that it is summer again. 

Find a cute little cosy pub, preferably with an open fire, and spend an evening catching up with the people you love. 

And lastly, of course, drink all the hot drinks – you will most definitely need them if you live in the UK! 

What are your favourite ways of cheering yourself up on cold, wintery days? 

Nicole x 

www.gingerkitchen.co.uk 



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