Wellness in Dark Weather: Grace’s Winter Love List
I love our earth, I love the cycles and seasons. But for a while now, I’ve been nervous about the coming winter. Last winter I had two pretty severe lung infections and since then I’ve been nervous about winter, infections, feeling like I can’t breathe and having that awful chest pain. The amount of anxiety is disproportionate to the risk of infection, but every time I thought about winter and endless drizzly grey skies I felt tension.
So we decided to re-frame things, and all summer Linus has been helping me put together a Winter Love List. A list of specifically enjoyable activities for cold or wet weather. Some of them are treats we are reserving for the winter months, some are just good things about damp days.
If the current wet weather is getting you down, feel free to dive into my Love List activities and please add your own in the comments!
Grace’s Winter and Wet Weather Love List
Going to the spa or swimming pool and being in warm water when it’s cold outside
Listening to my favourite audio books
Double duvet days – the ultimate luxury. A high-tog duvet over and under you, for total cwtchy comfort
Camping out in the sitting room
Making warm and nourishing foods, like black bean pot, sweet potato soup with vanilla, smokey tomato lentil stew with spinach and olives and scrummy split pea soup.
Drinking hot gingerbread rooibos tea with a good book
Cuddling up with the dogs
Eating Crazy Sexy Kitchen Avo Toasts
Having snow days inside
Watching the dog play in the snow
Seeing the leaves change colour
Classic FM Christmas music
Decorating the house
Planning the garden
Horses playing in the snow
Grey days are good photography days:
“Cloudy grey days can produce surprisingly beautiful results because the clouds act like a diffuser around the sun, dispersing wonderfully even light across your scene and minimising the risks of harsh shadows and hot spots.” – Instant Love by Jen Altman, Susannah Conway, Amanda Gilligan
Going to the beach with our family
Pickling and preserving vegetables
Making vegan madelines
Decorating the chimney piece with squash and pumpkin boxes from Riverford Organic Farms and then eating them!
Gingerbread – fresh and warm from the dehydrator
Blood oranges in season
Making kale chips
Watching the Christmas lights get turned on in our local town
Wearing my faux fur muff and coat
Deliciously hot showers and baths.
The feeling of coming home when you’ve been outside and it’s cold
Mixed nuts in their shells and clementines at Christmas
Want more inspiration? Check out what Gala Darling and Kris Carr have to say on fun winter activities!
P.S dive into the 500 fun things to do from home/bed in my new ebook, Beyond the Boundaries: Finding Freedom & Fulfilment Within Four Walls. Self-Care Edition. Get your copy today…