Five Ways To Feel Brighter During the Dark Winter Months

five tips for a brighter winter

Okay, I know the run up to Christmas is fun and full of glitz and excitement but it’s also easy to fall into a bit of a funk on dark days and cold nights, wanting to stay in and basically hibernate until spring. I know I feel like that most winters, I miss the heat of the sun on my face and the carefree feeling of not needing to wrap up warm to venture out of the house.

Don’t get me wrong I love Christmas and the promise of snow (although I only want a dusting and it needs to be gone in a day or two) but there’s no denying it, winter can turn me into a bit of a Debbie Downer.

That being said I have a few tricks up my sleeve to keep me focused on the good things and embrace all the positive elements of November and December.

1.             When the weather is bright and sunny, go out and enjoy it!

Yes, it’s still cold but I know that some vitamin D will do me (and the kids) the world of good. My body runs cold which is why I find it difficult to go out (unless I have to) at this time of year – but I always feel better for a good walk around the park or a day at the coast. There’s something about being out in the cold air that makes coming home so much more satisfying.  It also gives me much more energy for the rest of the day, and leaves me feeling happier and contented.

In these pictures I’m wearing a silver coat from Lighthouse, which is quilted (on the inside) for warmth and 100% waterproof, so it’ll keep me warm and dry when I’m out on these cold walks.

2.             Light a winter/ Christmas candle or two

I know I bang on about candles all the time but they honestly brighten my mood in a matter of seconds. I don’t know if it’s the warm light or the subtle aroma (probably both) but I instantly feel better once I’ve lit a candle or two. At the moment I’m loving this candle I picked up from TK Maxx (okay, I may have picked up a few of them) for £7.99, it smells amazing with the aromas of frosted pine, which is my idea of the perfect Christmas scent. It’s fresh, yet comforting and of course very festive.

3.             Watch a good Feel-Good Christmas Film

This is real guilty pleasure territory here, I’m such a sucker for a good, cheesy Hallmark style Christmas Movie. You know, the ones you’ll find on Christmas 24 or every day (at the moment) on Channel 5. I know this is not for everyone but honestly don’t knock them until you’ve tried one. There’s nothing that gets me into the Christmas spirit more than watching a girl called Holly or Faith or Hope find her Christmas Wish or Festive Love (or both) in a beautifully decorated house or “Inn” in a small American town. These films are my winter soul food.

4.             Go to bed early

For some reason I get so much more tired (and then run down) at this time of year. I don’t know if it’s the cold weather or the central heating but I’ve noticed that I need more sleep during the winter. So in the interest of feeling brighter in the day, I’ve made a promise to myself that I won’t stay up late for no good reason, like I do the rest of the year. I need my sleep and I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure I get it!

5.             Hot Chocolate – with all the trimmings

Now I’d happily drink hot chocolate all year long but the reality is, I don’t. For me hot chocolate is what I drink in winter when I need a comforting liquid pick-me-up that I know will warm me up in seconds. I don’t drink normal tea or coffee so for me the only options are warm Ribeana, mint tea or hot chocolate. However, hot chocolate is the one that makes me feel happiest and content. For the king of all hot chocolates this winter head to Hotel Chocolat for their amazing Salted Caramel & Clementine Christmas Hot Chocolate (£9). It had me at ‘Salted Caramel’ and of course I have to add the whipped cream and mini marshmallows for the best pick me up in a mug possible!

So if you’re feeling sluggish this winter, take a leaf out of my book and get out and about… and when you get home burn some candles, while watching a good film with a mug of hot chocolate.



  1. November 21, 2017 / 6:57 pm

    Ooh that hot chocolate sounds so good. And the light in these photos is beautiful, that’s what I love about this time of year. Yes to going to be early and feeling run down, I’m the same x

  2. November 22, 2017 / 10:51 am

    You look BEAUTIFUL in these pics H!! I love my Lighthouse jacket; although mine is fairly lightweight — good for showers but not very good in cold weather. I love the thought of a quilted lining!

    And I’m just the same — I run cold too and the thought of rousing myself and going outside on a bitter day is never nice. Although — I always feel much better when I’ve done it! 🙂

  3. November 23, 2017 / 9:54 am

    Love the grey scarf and coat it looks fab on you. What great tips to share beating those winter blues away and feel bright. I love your positivity. #wrc

  4. November 23, 2017 / 2:16 pm

    Yes to all of these, I love this time of year because of being able to wrap up and get out even when it’s cold and definitely when we get to watch Christmas films and light candles. I keep forgetting to go to TKMaxx to stock up on some for Christmas, they do some great baragins. The coat looks fab on you, I love the colour and it looks so warm for this time of year, perfect! xx

  5. November 24, 2017 / 6:54 pm

    I tend to feel a bit down in Winter too. I completely agree with wrapping up and getting outside for a walk (even if it’s not lovely and sunny) – it makes such a difference to my mood. And yes to the hot chocolate!

  6. November 28, 2017 / 5:42 pm

    Loads of great tips here Heledd I’m all for hot chocolates and a gorgeous scented candle 🙂 The coat looks great on you and yes to venturing outdoors in a sunny winter’s day. The fresh air is amazing isn’t it? xx

  7. November 30, 2017 / 8:35 am

    Love this post Heledd. I’m not a huge winter fan so posts with tips on helping me feel more positive about these colder months are very appreciated! x