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 woolies and cold fingers are enough to have me booking a holiday somewhere hot. That said I love change and each month brings with it a different kind of beauty, so it’s not all bad. Here are a few things I do to survive the darker months.
I try to make my home as light as possible by having very little hung at the windows. I have white minimal blinds similar to those in Scandinavian homes to take advantage of the light. When I’m home I often sit near a window and if the sun is out I imagine it’s a hot summer’s day, it’s good to daydream!
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 our skin. It’s therefore important to get outside. I make sure I walk every day to get my fresh air and daylight fix.
I crave comfort foods when it’s cold which often means I don’t eat as much fruit and veg. Writing this post is a reminder to make sure I get my vitamins as well as drinking plenty of water. Both help to lift my spirits and ward off the winter bugs. Note to self: less pizza and more grapes.
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 I focus on how fabulous I’ll feel once it’s done!
I try to stick to a regular sleep pattern. Even at the weekend I set my alarm clock because I find having too much sleep can make me feel lethargic.
I celebrate the darker evenings by getting cosy with candles, blankets and fairy lights. I love the Danish term hygge which means coziness, particularly when relaxing and enjoying good food with family or friends. What a lovely winter pastime, I plan to indulge in some hygge during the coming months!
Do you have any tips for surviving the shorter and darker days?
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 oranges, yellows, browns and terracottas. And, of course, a pumpkin or two.
Links to all items:
String pocket shelf – Central | Orla Kiely plant pot – Amara | Terracotta tumbler – Sparrow and Co. | Basket – Native & Co | Wood bowl – Tinsmiths | Postcard – Vintage | Dala horses – Vintage and Skandium | Cacti, succulents and white pots – Local garden centres and Homebase