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Simple Ways to Survive the Darker Months

27th October 2015

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HELLO DARKNESS, MY OLD FRIEND

Although I love an extra hour in bed I’m not a fan of the clocks going back. I’m a spring/summer girl at heart and the thought of closed windows, static winter woollies and cold fingers are enough to have me booking a holiday. That said I love change, and each month brings with it a different kind of beauty, so I guess it’s not all bad! Here are a few things I do to survive the darker months.

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LIGHT

I try to make my rooms as light as possible by having very little hung at the windows and I don’t display anything on the window sills. I have white minimal blinds to take advantage of the light and when I’m working at home I prefer to sit near a window. If the sun is out I imagine it’s a hot summer’s day and I’m on a beach somewhere far away. After all, it’s good to daydream!

FRESH AIR

When it’s cold outside most of us keep our windows closed. Central heating and a lack of fresh air can make us feel tired and sluggish, not to mention dry out our skin. It’s, therefore, good to get outside and occasionally open our windows, especially in the bedroom. I go for a long walk every day to enjoy the fresh air and daylight and I also use plenty of moisturiser to keep my skin hydrated.

DIET

I crave comfort foods in the autumn and winter which means I don’t eat as much fruit and as many vegetables as I do during the spring and summer months. Writing this post is a good reminder to make sure I get my vitamins as well as drinking plenty of water. Eating well and staying hydrated can improve how we feel and ward off bugs.

EXERCISE

Physical exercise eases stress, helps fight illness, boosts energy levels and makes us feel good. During the darker months, motivation can seem hard and so little and often is better than nothing at all. When I’m not really feeling the pull of the gym I try to focus on how great I’ll feel once it’s done!

SLEEP

I try to stick to a regular sleep pattern and even at the weekend, I set my alarm clock because I find having too much sleep can make me feel lethargic. Regular sleeping hours support the internal body clock and make getting to sleep and waking up so much easier. Not to mention feeling better during the day.

MINDSET

I celebrate the darker evenings by getting cosy with candles, blankets and fairy lights. I love the Danish term hygge which means cosiness, particularly when relaxing and enjoying good food with family or friends. By embracing the season, I can begin to enjoy it a whole lot more and before I know it, the spring bulbs are popping up.

STYLING THE SEASONS

I thought I’d share a corner of my office for this month’s Styling the Seasons, run by Katy and Charlotte. Styling the Seasons involves taking a surface in your home and dressing it to represent the month and what it means to you. For me, October is all about warm orange, yellow, brown and terracotta. And, of course, a pumpkin or two.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a gorgeous day!

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8 Comments

  • Reply Alison 27th October 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Oh I’m so with you on trying to eat more fruit/veg and getting outdoors more. It’s too easy to hunker down with carbs in the autumn and winter, isn’t it? Love how you’ve styled your shelving – I have my eye on that Orla Kiely pot!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 27th October 2015 at 4:27 pm

      Thanks Alison. I could spend the entire winter eating bangers and mash, but I don’t think my body would thank me. I’ve just spotted a new Orla Kiely pot, must resist…..

  • Reply Katy 28th October 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Gorgeous styling; I’m still hankering after that terracotta pot with the cactus in it. I might have to treat myself! Thanks for the reminders, too – less pizza, more grapes 😉 xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 30th October 2015 at 10:03 am

      Thank you Katy. It’s a beauty, I think you should treat yourself! 😉

  • Reply Eva 30th October 2015 at 9:58 am

    Light is so important to me! I need light and I like as you breathing fresh air. Have a warm capuccino is always a good idea for me. Like your interior, simple and ligtness! x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 30th October 2015 at 10:04 am

      Thank you Eva. Yes, fresh air and light make such a difference. Have a great weekend.

  • Reply Adele 3rd November 2015 at 11:02 pm

    These are all ideas that I’m holding on to. I really hate how dark our house is at this time of year. Committing to get outdoors more and I’m gonna revisit green smoothies for breakfast too.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 4th November 2015 at 11:47 am

      Thanks Adele, smoothies for breakfast sounds like a great idea.

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