The leaves are falling, and the clocks are changing, which can only mean one thing…WINTER IS COMING!

As the days get shorter and the nights get longer, you may notice a change in your mood; more irritable, less interest in activities you once enjoyed. You may even notice that your sleep pattern is hit and miss, and that your appetite has changed too.

While these changes that you’re experiencing may interfere with your daily routine, there are ways to overcome them.

  • When you move your furniture, you give it a new life and you may also start appreciating it in a way that you had not done previously. You may be able to refresh the look of the room without having to buy new.
  • As winter months don't offer much natural light, or the light is limited, try and maximise the light you do get by taking a stroll outside when you can. The use of lighting by changing the colour temperature of a light bulb is a clever way to create the illusion of space in your room/home.
  • Writing a to-do list before the day before will help you fight procrastination and boost your self-confidence and productivity for the next day. All the same writing a journal to reflect on your day, celebrating what did work and acknowledging what didn’t, so that tomorrow is different.
  • Find the ideal sleep pattern for your daily routine and commit to it - Following a sleep routine will keep your mood and productivity, as well as reduce irritability during the day.
  • Autumn signals the coming of winter to our bodies and the desire to consume more energy fuelled foods is high – making wholesome meals are the ones that your body appreciates, warming you up from the inside out.
  • Drinking a hot drink in the evenings helps to boost your mood as it enhances that feeling of cosiness. Try something seasonal like hot chocolate with marshmallows, gingerbread latte, pumpkin spiced hot chocolate.
  • Finally to get a bit more insight into your own responses to this time of change, finding a creative outlet can reveal a lot about what you find meaningful about the idealised concept of the change of seasons....

Happy hibernating!