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21.11.2018- Winter Rituals

With winter making itself well and truly at home this week (sleet showers anyone?!), I’m sure I’m not alone in wanting to hibernate until the arrival of spring. In lieu of a prolonged period of quality time embracing my inner hermit, I’ve drawn up a little list of winter rituals designed to make the darker evenings and cold weather just that little bit more bearable: 

- Reading relaxation: make time in the evenings or on your commute to get to grips with a new book. There’s a slew of amazing reads out at the moment, and escaping to another world, even if it’s only for a little while, is a great antidote to grey days. In fact, the more uplifting the read the better- The Discomfort Zone by Farrah Storr is next on my list.

- Make time for tlc- dealing with the elements at this time of the year is always tough, and I’m always caught out by just how much winter tends to knock me for six- both in terms of tiredness and in the skincare stakes too. With that in mind, I’ve been making time to look after myself- whether that’s with a nice hot bath when I have the time or simply slathering on a serum like this one from Drunk Elephant before I hit the hay. 

- Get cosy- creating a comfortable little sanctuary is key at this time of the year, especially if you’re looking to make the most of your rest and relaxation time. Whether it’s lighting a candle, flicking on some fairy lights or wrapping up in a blanket, there’s a lot to be said for shutting out the dark and constructing somewhere calm. Listening to a podcast or two is also a great option for de-stressing at the end of the day. 

- Treat yourself to a binge- both literally and metaphorically! I always find that my appetite goes slightly haywire at this time of the year, so always tend to reach for hearty grub as and when I’m craving it. Additionally, there’s a lot to be said for a bit of a box set marathon too- whether that’s catching up with Game of Thrones before it starts again next year, or making the most of the period drama back catalogue currently on BBC iPlayer. Or, you know, watching To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before for the 3623763th time. 

- Get some fresh air- as you head into hibernation mode, it can be easy to forgo getting outside in favour of staying indoors. A spot of fresh air (and hopefully a bit of sunshine too) is always something which I really tend to feel the benefit of- and even if I’m heading out for a run in the cold and dark, I know I’ll feel much better for having made it out and about. 

- Give yourself something to look forward to- whether it’s booking a holiday or planning a day out. I nabbed some wonderfully cheap flights to Copenhagen in the easyJet sale last week, and have been really excited ever since, especially as there’s plenty of planning to keep me occupied between now and the trip itself. 

What are your winter rituals? 

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, do not reproduce without permission.)


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