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Friday, 23 January 2015

STAYING HAPPY IN WINTER

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January's frosts, bitter cold days, dark mornings and even darker nights can lead towards feeling a bit blue. The fairy lights and festive decorations have been packed away for another year and winter can bring a slump in energy which can leave you feeling a little down. Here are a few things that I make sure to do to keep me happy throughout winter.

1. Eat well - I think it's so important to eat well during winter to keep your spirits high and your immune system in check. One of my favourite uplifting things to eat is a hot, warming butternut squash, sage and ginger soup - the butternut squash gives you a boost of vitamin c, sage helps with anxiety and depression and ginger helps when your feeling a bit run down or for winter colds. I also love buying fresh berries rich in vitamin C and antioxidants such as blueberries and strawberries plus I like to buy little treats to make me happy like Mini eggs!

2. Treat yourself - Whether it be a cosy night in with a large hot chocolate, a long bubble bath or buying an item that you've wanted for ages, I think it's important to give yourself a little treat every now and then. I always buy myself a new planner or diary from paperchase so that I can keep organised and note down any exciting things I have planned or goals I have for the new year. I've also had the Hourglass blush palette and the Zoeva rose gold brush set in my online shopping basket for months and I think now is the perfect time to make a purchase!

3. Plan something - Whether it's an upcoming holiday, meeting up for coffee with a friend or planning a Pinterest wedding, planning something exciting can help to keep you focused on the positives. I read a while ago that the actual planning and anticipation of an exciting event can be more beneficial to you than the actual event itself, I'm not sure how true this is but I absolutely love planning and organising. Searching for a wedding/honeymoon destination is definitely going to make me happy this winter!

4. Get outside/exercise - A brisk walk around the block early on a sunny, frosty morning can really help to wake you up and motivate you. I have such a love/hate relationship with exercise but when I do work out it really does make me feel generally happier. Rather than sticking to a strict workout routine sometimes I find its best to just stick on some music and dance around the kitchen for half an hour!

5. Bright colours - Whether its a huge bunch of fresh yellow tulips to brighten up the home, a bright pink lipstick or even painting your nails in a brighter shade, I find that introducing a bit of colour to your home/routine can really make you feel a bit happier. I've pulled out Essie Mint Candy Apple to paint on my nails and Revlon colorburst matte balm in Showy for a burst of colour to my lips.

I absolutely love winter and although January can sometimes make me feel a bit down I try and focus on the good things to stay happy. The possibility of snow, first whispers of spring and cosy nights in keep me feeling happy and positive throughout winter.

What makes you happy in winter?
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19 comments

  1. Great tips! Eating well is always more challenging for me in winter because I favour hot, hearty meals over healthier options but I am trying my best! Bright colours always help too, when the sky is so grey and miserable we need some colour to brighten up our mood :)

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  2. Oh I love these mini eggs so much! :D
    Your list is so clever. I think it relates to everyone in some kind. I've read through it and imagined myself enjoying the time I'd had for myself. If only I would do it. Well, at least I have a holiday which I'm looking forward to. ;)
    x Sonja

    Shiny Glitter Things

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  3. These are wonderful tips! The winter is my favourite season but towards the end it can start to feel like the cold weather has been with us for much too long. I'm a big fan of big bowls of warming homemade soups <3 xo

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  4. All these ppoints are so true!! Also loving the photo you used, sooooo happy mini eggs are back and that Essie polish is gorgeous xx

    Abi | abistreetx.blogspot.co.uk
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  5. I always eat a lot of chocolate and plan many projects. I started painting to keep me busy :)

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  6. These are some great tips and mini eggs are just amazing! xx

    OhjustAlice.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. Loved these tips, made me want Mini Eggs haha! Something I do to stay happy in the winter is just change up my environment and routine - take a weekend away, for example.

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

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  8. Bright lips are always the solution to make my day better! :)

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  9. Amazing tips! Wish it was cold here! =)

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    Jessica

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  10. Why is it sooo hard to stay happy in winter?
    Dark nights...urghhhh
    Great post. I deffo need more colour in my life and a few nice presents to cheer myself up lol xox

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  11. Love that photo… think ill go get some mini eggs now :) x

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  12. These are such great tips and ones I definitely need to follow. I'm wanting to get one of the Lumie Bodyclocks to help me to wake up feeling happier in the mornings!
    Love, Rebecca-Louise
    Autumn Leaves - Blogging & Beauty Blog

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  13. These are basically the five main points that do keep me happy and healthy throughout winter!! Loved this blog post!!

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  14. These are such lovely tips! A great blog post. I like the one about treating yourself, but I think its true. Buying a little treat can perk you up for a whole week!

    Chloe The Redhead | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle

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  15. Great post - I do all these exacts things during winter too! I definitely get SAD so find winter much harder than the summer months! Love your blog. :) Wendy xx
    Scottish Wendy | Wendy's World

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  16. I like organizing events more than actually executing them, so they're probably is a lot of truth to that! I already had my wedding, but it would still be fun to make a pinterest board for one :) During winter, watching a ton of movies makes me happy, and so does baking<3

    ElizaDeath Taylor | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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  17. You take the prettiest photos ever.
    xx

    Midwestmakeupgal.blogspot.com

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