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The Winter Survival Guide

January is the heart of the winter season and a time when moods can dip. Try a few simple strategies to lift your spirits during the colder months. 
  • Friluftsliv

A Norwegian concept, friluftsliv involves enjoying the outdoors. Wrap up warm, pack a waterproof and you are ready. Walking in nature is one of the easiest ways to experience friluftsliv, but it can be more than this and include any activity outdoors. An outdoor picnic, a bike ride or canoeing, the choice is yours. Leaving a warm, cosy house to go outside in the cold may not always be appealing, but once you’re out you won’t look back.

  • Small refresh.

Just like you dress your home for Christmas, why not introduce one or two elements to signify the start of a new year. Change the colour of your bed linen, introduce a new table cloth, or add a different throw to your sofa. Colour is a simple and instant refresh to your surroundings.

  • Light candles at dusk

If you’re at home, lighting a candle each day when darkness descends is a visual prompt that the daylight hours are slowly becoming longer. If you arrive home after dark, starting the habit of lighting a candle once inside creates a calm and welcoming atmosphere.

  • Lose yourself in….

Chances are you’re spending more time indoors. Throwing yourself into an activity gives a sense of purpose and it’s often easy to lose track of time. Is there a book you always wanted to read? A dish you haven’t cooked for years? A YouTube yoga or exercise class you want to try? Now is the perfect time to do so.

  • Visit an attraction.

January is one of the quietest times of the year to visit attractions (check they are open first). Visit an art gallery, go to a country house or climb a local monument. It should be quiet and it’s something a little different from normal to boost your mood.

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