I’m currently sat on the sofa, snuggled in a blanket, feeling utterly sorry for myself. I’ve come down with a sickness bug/virus, but the rain is hammering against the window outside and I have my fairy lights and candles lit while I catch up on reality TV, so I guess every cloud has a silver lining (even if this lining is not particularly shiny).
I love the autumn, but I have to say that I am struggling currently. The seriously dark days, the fact that the sun never shines, and working my butt off which means rarely seeing daylight all takes its toll. I think it’s definitely contributed to the fact that I’m currently poised on the sofa, ready to run to the bathroom to vom at any moment (sorry, TMI), so in a bid to boost my mood I’ve compiled a list of ways to cheer yourself (and myself) up as the days get darker in the lead up to Christmas.
1. Embrace nature
This, without a doubt, is the best way to boost my mood, and it’s something I definitely haven’t done enough over the past few weeks due to various commitments (and crap weather!). I love nothing more than getting my coat and bobble hat out, wrapping up warm and heading out for a stroll in the crisp autumn air. The world is so pretty at this time of year and I love going out and seeing it all, although trying to schedule this in to the dwindling daylight hours can be a challenge.
2. Open your windows
I actually asked Dan for a way to boost your mood in the autumn and this was his suggestion, but I have to say, funnily enough, I agree with it! It might be bloody freezing, but opening your windows after dragging yourself out of bed in the morning is an instant freshener and really helps to wake you up when the sun still hasn’t risen, even if it is bloody freezing.
3. Buy yourself some fairy lights
Okay, this may be just be the fact that my flat is completely covered in cosy lights and candles, but I consider these an autumn/winter essential. A Saturday night in in front of the telly just isn’t complete without them!
4. Get lost in a book
While I do manage to get through a good few novels whilst on my summer travels, the darker nights have me yearning for my bed and a book. It really helps me unwind before bed and it’s nice to escape to other worlds if you can’t get outside as the latest storm is hammering against your window.
5. Run a boiling hot bubble bath
If all else fails, get in the bath! Sounds ridiculous but there’s nothing that makes me happier than a steaming bubble bath filled with autumnal products, followed by a little pamper. Scrub your skin, apply some moisturiser and treat yourself to a mani-pedi for an instant mood boost.
Lots of love. xoxo