So we all know that Winter in London sucks… to put it frankly. In fact, it is absolute torture! However, it can also be cozy and warm and cuddly AND fun- one just needs to know how to deal with the onset of winter. I thought it would be cool to let you guys in on a few tips and tricks that I use to learn to adapt to Autumn and the coldness that awaits. So if you want some advice on what to do, then keep on reading!
To read about some other epic winter experiences I have had, such as in Michigan, USA, click here.
1. EMBRACE THE DARKNESS
This has to be one of the hardest things to embrace, especially when you go to sleep when its dark and wake up when its dark. My tip to get out of bed for a 6 am gym session every morning is to set my alarm to 5 different times that are 5 mins apart. This way if I decide to snooze the alarm, the other 4 will still go off. Instead of the harsh monotone alarm sounds, I have set a song as my alarm tone instead. Its easier on the ear and lets you wake up in a better mood!
2. TREAT YOURSELF TO A CUPPA
Whether that is a coffee at the local cafe or some homemade green tea, make sure you have something warm and comforting in the morning before you start your day. A cuppa always puts me in a good mood and makes me feel ready to rock my work day.
3. LISTEN TO A PODCAST
I love listening to Podcasts- especially inspirational ones! Don’t get me wrong, I love music but listening to a podcast on the way to work or on the way to run errands is productive, informative and inspiring! You feel like you are learning, whilst doing mundane everyday activities. A podcast is a great way to take your mind off the cold and make you focus on something else.
Podcast Recommendation: The Daily Boost
4. TAKE A BATH
Bath’s are the best things since Christmas, lol! I love a hot bath with either bath balms, salts or even bubbles. Light a candle or two, play some relaxing music, turn the lights off and just enjoy. The much needed “me time” will make you forget your troubles for a while and winter won’t seem so bad after all.
5. GET YOURSELF SOME CUTE WINTER PJ’S
There is nothing better than embracing something you are dreading. If you know it is coming, why not prepare in advance. I do this by treating myself to a set of cute winter pj’s- that way I look cute, feel warm and embrace winter a little more.
My winter pj’s in the picture are from H&M – On sale!
6. GET YOUR CUDDLE ON
Winter allows for the best cuddle time in the world. Don’t you just love when its raining or snowing outside and you are on the couch, watching a good movie with the person you love? Well I do, and that is one of my top reasons as to why winter can stick around, lol!
7. FRIENDS, FIRES & WINE
These are some of my fav things about winter- spending time with friends, drinking red one, lighting a fire in your lounge and catching up on a good book! All the things you don’t normally get a chance to do in summer- so embrace it!
Book Recommendation: Never Eat Alone By Keith Ferrazzi
8- SHAKE THAT BOOTY
Use Winter has a training season to get your body in shape for Summer. This is the only time you don’t have to walk around in a bikini, so use this time wisely to get the booty you have always wanted. Do this now, so that when the sun starts to shine, you can walk around with all the confidence in the world!
For those in the Southern Hemisphere who are looking for summer tips, click here.
So in the words of John Snow from Game of Thrones- “Winter is Coming”, therefore we must ready our mindsets, embrace the positives and enjoy the moment as much as we can. Don’t allow it to bog you down, but instead, own it, enjoy it, and use winter to push you even further in the direction of where you want to go!
xoxo- Kendal Olivia
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