Ugh, this time of year! It may just be on our little island, but it feels like some days the sun’s barely coming out at all.
Here are my little tips for keeping happy, even when the weather sucks…
One: be nice to yourself
We girls are not always the best at the positive self-talk.
Keep an ear on how you talk to yourself internally and make sure it’s as gentle, forgiving and kind as it would be to someone you love dearly.
Two: it’s okay to hide
It’s worth remembering the saying about putting on your oxygen mask before trying to help other people.
Sometimes we need to tuck ourselves away for some restorative ‘me-time’ in order to do all the stuff we need to do.
Three: adjust the noise settings
If online stuff is shouting too loudly and staying on top of it all is wearing you out, try limiting it for a bit.
And if too much bad news is getting you down, find a light-hearted podcast, programme or youtube channel to get you smiling instead.
Four: get outside
Just a little walk around the block can really lift your mood.
Try popping in your earbuds and taking yourself on a wander on your lunch break: you’ll return in a much more positive place, I promise.
Five: eat and sleep well
I can almost hear my mum’s voice now:
“Oh love, it’s not the end of the world: you just need to eat something good then go to bed.”
And you know what? She was right: things always looked better after a bowl of porridge and a good night’s sleep!
Six: tell God about it
You don’t need to use any fancy words to talk to God.
Try grabbing a journalling card and writing a few simple words about how you’re feeling: He’s always right there for you, friend.