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The winter months can be cruel and unforgiving, but there’s no reason why you should have to give into the blues just because the weather’s turned gloomy.
Instead of sitting around and feeling sorry for yourself, why not arrange to enjoy some heart (and body) warming treats after completing your day’s work?
Here’s a look at some of the best ways to pamper yourself during the winter months.
Warm things up
This may sound pretty silly in its simplicity, but really, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. When the world is cold and gloomy, there are few pleasures as sincere and welcome as slipping into some pre-heated pyjamas, or getting under the covers of a bed which has had an electric blanket priming it for your use.
There are many different devices which allow you to preheat items in your home for your comfort, ranging from towel warmers such as those sold by Home Spa Select, to general-purpose, old-school oil heaters which you can leave your socks on during your bath.
Whichever methods you turn to, don’t hesitate to warm things up.
Enjoy some wintry dishes
Certain foods just seem “right” for winter and strange, at best, at any other time. A lot of this has to do with the fact that these foods are deeply embedded in our cultural associations of the colder months of the year, ranging all the way back into the dim mists of history. Still, a lot of these dishes are absolutely delicious, so enjoy them while they’re available everywhere!
Examples could include mulled wine or pumpkin soup — classics designed to fill the belly and warm the blood on those icy nights.
Prepare for Christmas
Even if Christmas is still a while away, there’s no reason not to lift your spirits by getting involved in the Yuletide festivities early. Whether you’re planning to invite a large number of relatives over to feast and make merry, or are having a smaller, more low-key celebration, there’ll be some planning to do.
Researching potential Christmas gifts for loved ones can be a great, uplifting way of spending some time. Throwing yourself headfirst into the carols, ornaments, children’s stories, decorations, and myths of the season can not only be a brilliant way of enhancing your own excitement for and appreciation of the season, but also an ideal occasion for family bonding.
Begin planning your adventures for next summer
So, you’re the kind of person who thrives in sunny climes and environments. Perfectly understandable. And maybe looking out the window and seeing only grey skies or snowy plains brings you down.
If so, why not lift your spirits by planning your next summer adventure well in advance? Get your mind away from winter altogether by researching the beaches, villas, mountain-peaks and tropical island paradises that you’d most like to explore and enjoy during your next warm-weather getaway?
You could even print off some of the top locations and pin them to your fridge to give you a little boost whenever you walk past.