Six ways to beat the winter blues

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This post is in collaboration with Air Wick.

As winter sets in, it is easy for the mind to become as grey and moody as the skies above.

But there are a few ways to turn around those feelings and make the most of these colder months of the year.

Staying warm – One of my favourite things about winter is rugging up. There’s nothing better than pulling on those warm jumpers, thick sock and slippers, cranking up the heater and relaxing on the couch with a great book or watching one of my favourite movies.

Set the mood – Lighting a beautiful candle is a great way to set the atmosphere in your home this winter. I recently had the opportunity to try out a couple of Air Wick’s scented candles, including Silhouettes in Amber Mandarin Glow. My children were totally fascinated by the way the candle continuously changes colour once lit … oh okay, so was I! It brings some seriously cool technology to candles as well as a lovely ambience to your home. You could also bring a little bit of summer back into your home by choosing a candle with an uplifting fragrance such as Air Wick’s decorative candle in Lemonade Stand/Sweet Summer Fruits. While these candles make a perfect air freshener, they also look great in my home and are easy to pick up at the supermarket as part of my regular grocery shop.

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Get moving – It might be wet and miserable outside, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep moving. It’s a perfect time of year to pull out the yoga mat and enjoy an online yoga sequence to refresh the body and mind (there are even some dedicated to coping with the winter blues) or if you want to add a bit more pace try an exercise DVD or even your Wii Fit (Zumba is a personal favourite of mine!).

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Eat well – In addition to keeping fit, making sure you eat well will also help to keep those nasty winter germs at bay. Winter is a perfect time of year to crank up the slow cooker allowing you to pop in all the ingredients first thing in the morning and come home to a fully cooked meal at the end of the day. Perfect for busy families like mine!

Take up a new (indoor) hobby – I have recently started to teach myself how to crochet, and I must say it is quite addictive! My goal is to create a beautiful, colourful granny square blanket for each of my girls (yes, that’s a lot of granny squares!) as something they will keep and cherish for the rest of their lives. I have also bought a sewing machine and although I’m yet to start on any particular projects, my Pinterest account is quickly filling with possible creations!

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Slow down and revive an old passion – Finally, there’s nothing wrong with just taking it easy on a cold winter’s night. Kick back and relax on the couch with a coffee or a nice glass of wine while reading one of your favourite books, listening to some music, catching up on your favourite TV series or getting stuck into some craft.

Do you enjoy winter? How do you survive the colder months of the year?

*This is not a sponsored post, however I was gifted two Air Wick candles featured for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own.

25 thoughts on “Six ways to beat the winter blues

  1. I love these hints. I arrived at my mother’s the other night for a few days and she had these cinnamon candles lit and they were stunning. It felt very wintery and festive!

  2. Oh gosh, I don’t do winter well. Especially after moving from 20 years in Queensland to chilly melbourne! I have to do candles, heating, and crochet or I go nuts.

  3. Great post! My mum is a crocheter, my 4 kids all have a treasured winter blanket of squares that she has made them. I recently asked her to make me a poncho…..but now I am wondering if maybe I should just teach myself 🙂

  4. We have started a new tradition of lighting a candle on Friday and Saturday nights to help decompress from the week. The smell is important but the flame is always mesmerising. Great tips. Mel xx

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