Under the Weather

Winter is the season of illness. I’m sitting here with a red nose and a scratchy throat after just recovering from tonsillitis. Lucky me! So, I think I am now an expert in making myself comfortable and happy when feeling under the weather. I always feel guilty when I’m ill, like I’m wasting my days but sometimes you need one or two days collapsed in bed or on a sofa. Here are a few things I do when I’m under the weather…

Blankets

Suffocate yourself in blankets and try to feel as cosy as possible. I always feel 10x better when I’m snuggled in a ball of blankets in my bed or on a sofa. Once I’m comfy I can just relax and hide in my bundle with a good movie.

Movies

Stack up a good collection of movies that will get you through the day. Personally, when I’m ill I love watching old-fashioned movies (Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Grease and Dirty Dancing. Those are just some ideas, I could do a whole blog post of my beloved oldie movies!) A movie is the final cherry to a cosy sick day.

Candles

This is the ultimate cosy asset. It sets a very calming and relaxing vibe and although I can’t smell the one I’m burning right now because of my cold aha, the scent will make the whole house smell lovely! The one I’m currently burning is from Aldi and in my opinion the cheapest and best place for candles. They have some Yankee Candles available for a very good price.

A Book

This is the perfect time to pick up that book you’ve been wishing to read but haven’t been able to find the time. I’ve nearly finished ‘Little Women’ and I’m hopefully going to reach the end today. I can’t wait to start a new one!

Simple Work

Try and get the easy tasks done. I’ve done all my laptop work today, so I can still do all the things above that I mentioned but making sure that tomorrows to-do list isn’t ridiculously long.

Hot Drinks

I think I’m on my third cup of tea today and I love the feeling of having a warm drink in my hands. Also, I love having hot chocolate, coffee and a black current drink with paracetamol in it. A hot drink and a couple of biscuits fits perfectly into the cosy aesthetic.

Mums Tip
Wear your biggest jumper and turn the heating right up!

Hope none of you are ill but if you are, enjoy these little ideas that make you feel as content as you can whilst feeling under the weather.

Thank you for reading!

Bye x

When the Blues Come

As the seasonal blues come along I thought I would share some tips to get out of that funk, which I’ve definitely dragged myself away from over Christmas break and I have to be back on it for when sixth form starts up again! Here are a few self care tips I tried that help me to stay productive and content during winter:

Walks

This isn’t for everyone but I love going into nature and finding new places to explore. It takes you away from reality for a bit, inevitably taking away your stress and anxiety. Here are some examples of all the advantages of a walk: it improves self-perception, self-esteem, mood and sleep quality. On New Year’s Day, my parents and I went on a walk (our New Year’s Day tradition) in a secluded place for an hour or maybe even less and I felt so relaxed and to be honest didn’t want to go back home to reality. But, my point is, that it is the perfect thing to do if you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed, try it and you’ll see. It’s hard to explain the sensation but it’s worth it.

Reading

Getting lost in a book can create a new world for you to delve into. It can distract your mind from all the overwhelming negative thoughts. I’m currently reading ‘Little Women’ and I love setting up my cosy room with candles and fairy lights, with a good book. I always get lost in the words and characters, trying to visualise the authors descriptions.

Blast Your Music

Make sure you have a playlist for every emotion, especially upbeat tunes! I found out your heartbeat changes depending on the music you listen to, when you’re feeling low and unmotivated, music can increase the heart and breathing rate. It will hopefully create that motivation inside you that’s trying to get out. Even if it just pulls you out of bed, it’s still something.

Act Of Kindness

Do a random act of kindness. It will give you a different outlook on your day when you selflessly help another person. You could: donate money to charity, drop a few pennies or pounds into a guitar case for that singer on the street, give some coins to a homeless person, volunteer your time at a charity shop or donate all your clothes and books you don’t use anymore to a charity. In more selfish terms, it makes you feel good about yourself and seem like a better person, others will also have a better view of you.

Set Goals

List all your goals that you want to achieve, whether that’s weekly goals or life goals. It will give you a path to start on and you won’t feel so lost on what to do with your days. You need to figure out the steps to accomplish those aims. For example, I want an A on my next assignment, the step is revise for an hour daily on that subject. The motivation to get that dream into reality will be large enough to pick yourself back up again.

Buy Flowers

I actually did this recently when I was feeling a bit down. I walked into my local supermarket, grabbed a Starbucks and as I was walking out I saw some flowers, I marched over there and bought some beautiful roses. I didn’t feel instantly better but it definitely comforted me to have a pretty asset in my room, that makes my bedroom a lot brighter. I’m not sure how or why but it did put a smile on my face.

Organise Your Space

Tidying your room and decluttering, can have the same effect on your brain. And what I mean by that is your view of your space won’t be filled with clutter and rubbish, distracting you from what you’re supposed to be doing. A clear space equals a clear mind. It will be a relief when you finally clear out that draw you scavenger through everyday and donate all the clothes that take up room in your closet you don’t wear anymore. I am very minimalistic in my interior design anyway but having no distractions on my desk whilst studying, really helps me get through it.

Cry

Lastly, the best thing you can do if you’re having a rough day is to wallow. As Lorelai Gilmore showed us, to get over something you must wallow about it first. Let it all out for 5 minutes and be as sad about it as you want but after those 5 minutes are up you have let it go and the pain of it is gone. To cry with someone is always better than alone but sometimes that can be uncomfortable for some people, so just make sure you have a blanket, tissues and ice-cream. You have to admit to yourself you are upset before you get over it, otherwise you push it further and further to the back of your head and sooner than later it will suddenly appear when you least expect it. Wallow. That is the number one trick to letting go.

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home”

– Edith Sitwell

Thank you for reading!

Bye x