As the clocks change in October the nights start to get darker and the days feel shorter. This can be a difficult thing for people to adjust to. If you’re going to work in the dark and coming home in the dark too it can get quite depressing. You feel like you miss the whole day being stuck inside and not seeing any sun.
Personally I prefer it when it gets darker at night so I thought I’d share my tips with you on how to embrace and even enjoy it.
We all love a good moan about anything and everything but if your someone who constantly moans about the dark, wet and grey weather then of course you’re going to be miserable! Instead focus on the positive, Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas are all exciting things on the way. Those dark, autumn nights are the perfect time to curl up with a book and a hot chocolate and relax. Aim to do something each day that’ll make you smile so you don’t become a Moaning Myrtle.
Getting up at 6am everyday for work is never fun, no matter which season we’re in, but the cold makes it even more difficult. Be prepared for this by keeping you slippers and dressing down close to your bed so you can put them on straight away and be warm and cosy.
I know, the thought of this fills me with dread too. It is a proven fact though that exercise releases happy endorphin’s, so does eating a bar of chocolate but exercise is probably better for you in the long run. Not only are you getting up and being more active but exercise will also warm you up and help shift a few pounds before Christmas!
Whether it’s a little purchase, a hot chocolate or pumpkin spiced latte, some much needed you time or comfort food, treating yourself will perk up your mood. Everyone deserves a treat. We all work hard and there’s nothing wrong with being a little selfish and indulging in something you love. So go on, buy that lipstick you’ve been wanting or that dress that looks great on. You deserve it.
Book your Summer Holiday
Dreaming of warmer weather, cocktails on the beach and tan lines? Then get in early and book your next trip. Not only will you most likely get a better deal by booking in advance, but it’ll be something to look forward to. If you can’t afford a holiday then start planning fun, summer days out or weekend getaways. Just the thought of sunny days will warm you up.
Get together with friends or family and be social. Have a crazy drunken night making bad choices but great memories, you can do this sober too of course but I for one like a drink…or two or three haha. Go out for a meal and spend the night catching up and gossiping. Go for a walk and get some fresh, winter air. There are many things you can do outside of home, work and school, don’t let the weather and the darkness stop you.
Get in the Festive Spirit
This time of year Christmas is pretty much all anyone talks about, in fact just the other day I saw someone had decorated their house already. Getting in the festive spirit will certainly make you forget about the depressing side of winter and focus on the magical side. It is the most wonderful time of the year after all. Pop to your local garden centre, they always have amazing Christmas displays that will surely put you in the Christmas mood. You can also find out when the christmas markets are on and visit one of those, they are incredible with the creative gifts, the smell of mulled in the air and the joyous atmosphere.
Find a New TV Series
I love finding a great series and getting completely hooked on it. It gives me something to look forward to when I come home in the evening. Binge watching a show at night under a blanket is fun, distracting and cosy.
Although the days feel shorter there are still the same amount of hours, so don’t waste it. You could tidy and de-clutter the house, since that also clears your mind and makes it easier to relax. Write a blog post, that’s always a fun achievement. Alphabetise your CD’s or DVD’s. Whatever it is you’ve been meaning to do then do it. Even the smallest achievement gives us all something to smile about.
Have a Countdown to Summer
Since I don’t personally like the summer months I have a countdown to autumn and Christmas on my phone all year round. It makes me happy seeing the number going down and knowing my favourite time of year is coming round again. You could countdown to spring, summer or your next holiday. It’d be something to look at everyday and remind you that winter doesn’t last forever and soon enough it’ll light out again.
I hope this post was helpful to you and you found something to take away. Please let me know in the comments if you decide to use any of these tips, I’d love to know what you do to embrace the dark nights. Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog, I’m attempting to post everyday in October. Also follow me on Instagram and Twitter to keep up to date, I will be following everyone back.