As the days get shorter and shorter and the hours of sunlight get smaller and smaller with no end in sight, it’s hard to stay positive and in a good mindset, especially for those that suffer with seasonal affective disorder (SAD). However, there are ways in which you can cozy up your home to make it feel more inviting, a safe haven to retreat to when trying to escape the cold winter months.
Here are some simple things you can do to create a warm and cozy place to hunker down…
Gather your favourite books
As the nights get longer and longer, it’s easy to fall into a TV binge-watching pattern. It’s easy to plonk yourself down in front of the TV and pretend the long nights don’t exist. However, why not make the most of it instead by catching up on some reading. Find all those books you always meant to read but never had the time, find yourself a comfy place on the sofa and snuggle in. The cold, dark nights will fly by!
Find your favourite films
Instead of watching all that pointless TV, why not get out all your favourite films and hunker down to watch some of those. Grab your favourite blanket and softest pillow and transport yourself wherever you fancy!
Get the fire going
Those of us who have some kind fireplace feel like the luckiest people on earth in the cold winter months. Getting a fire going is by far the best thing you can do to make your house feel snuggly and warm. Make sure you are stocked up on firelighters and fuel so you’re good to go as soon as it starts to get cold. Even watching the flames dancing in the fire can be such a warming, comforting feeling.
Something as simple as getting creative with the lighting in your home can turn a cold feeling room in to one so cozy you’ll never want to leave! The big spot lights are not your friends if you’re trying to create a warm and cozy feel; instead you want softer lights, closer to ground level. Something like a desk lamp placed in the corner of a room with a warm white light bulb in will give out the warmest feeling.
Candles are your best friends
If you don’t have a fireplace, that’s ok. You can bring the fire and warmth in to your home through naturally scented candles instead. Watch the dancing flames make beautiful shadows on the walls, with wafts of warming scents fill the room as you get cozy. Scents such as orange, cinnamon or even cranberry are great for this time of year.
Add more cushions & blankets
You don’t need to turn the heating on, or up in the colder weather. You just have to think outside the box. If you have bare/wooden floors or tiles perhaps, by adding a rug, you will make it feel so much warmer. Even if it’s just a small carpet runner next to the side of your bed for your bare feet when you first wake up. Add some blankets or throws to the backs of your sofas so when it does get a bit colder in the evenings, they are ready and waiting to keep you warm and safe. Even a soft cushion or pillow on the sofa or for your bed!
Get out your favourite mug
A mug of your favourite hot chocolate will keep you feeling warm and cozy through the winter months. Hugging the mug with your hands and feeling the warmth flow through you as you sip away at it. Jut make sure you have all your toppings at the ready, just incase!
Close the curtains
So you don’t have to sit and stare in to the darkness in the evenings, pretend it isn’t there, shut it out by closing your curtains early. If you can’t see it, you wont stare at it longingly awaiting the sunshine to come back.