Winter is here....

I think we can all pretty much agree that in this fast-paced world, our days are pretty full and hectic and that it’s only natural to feel exhausted at some point during those long days. Add into the mix, cold mornings with the coldest winter months still to come, then you are probably feeling like you’d rather be diving back into bed instead of working, exercising, or doing whatever it is that you need to do! 

Mornings. I know that dragging yourself out of bed on cold mornings can be a nightmare. You keep hitting the snooze button until you have to leap out of bed in a crazed hurry. It’s no way to start your day so my advice is to get up 10 minutes earlier, take an invigorating shower, have that healthy breakfast you keep promising yourself, and basically, embrace the day! 

Exercise. I know at least for me, the colder it gets outside, the harder it is to exercise. Really though…why would I force myself through an hour of pain when I can stay in bed watching my favourite TV programme? I know you’ve probably heard it all before, working out may not be fun but it is a scientific fact that endorphins released during exercise can boost your mood. So get up, get out and get active. Whether you make the gym push, or make the effort to go for a run in the morning or just hop off the bus or tube a stop early, it’s time to get physical! 

Treat yourself. Winter is a difficult time; it’s perfectly reasonable to be feeling rubbish. So cheer yourself up with a film on TV or on Netflix, hot drinks and pudding, if that’s what makes you feel good. Snuggle up and read a good book, look at pictures of puppies and our PJs on the internet. The Great British Bake Off might have ended but it’s worth noting that chocolate brownies can lift moods instantly as can a large glass of mulled wine! Basically, if it makes you happy, do it, because it’s winter and all bets are off.

Helen CollinsComment