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Winter Lifesavers

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I’m still hibernating and plan to do so for the foreseeable future! These dark nights and dark mornings are all part of living in the UK during winter time but I do find this season more difficult.

Give me a sliver of sunlight – just a little bit and I’m as happy as you could be. It doesn’t even have to be warm – just light! I am grateful that I work from home, my desk in in our conservatory which lets in a lot of natural light and I also have a lightbox on my desk – one of the ones for SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) that you are supposed to have on for about half an hour a day…. I have it on all day! It can’t be too light for me!

Part of me thinks that I should have been born in LA – year round sunshine I can handle! But I know that I would miss so many things about Britain, it really is a great country with lots of culture, history and business. There is also the fact that I think we need balance in our lives. After dark, comes light. After night, comes day. It is a natural cycle to have high periods and low periods, we just have to be open to riding the wave and embracing whatever comes into our path – good or bad.

As I’m a firm believer in choosing your attitude, I have been embracing these wintry nights rather than allowing them to bring me down, and the best way I have found to do that is to listen to what I need. Sounds simple doesn’t it? Often harder to actually do! Especially when you have a hundred other commitments, things you think you ‘should’ be doing and other people who need things from you. But listening to what I need has given me some comfort and happiness over the last few weeks.

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As it’s so cold outside I’ve been layering up to stay cosy on the school run. This Woolovers Fair Isle cardigan is stylish and warm and made of lambswool. It has been brilliant at keeping out the chill, especially as I teamed it with this Woolovers cashmere & cotton stripe scarf for extra luxe.

Another thing I have needed lately is a lot of early nights! I’ve been taking myself off to bed early (sometimes 7.30pm, sometimes 8pm) and reading a book in bed! This has been so restorative, as I’ve naturally been dropping off to sleep by about 10pm so I’m getting a good quality, long rest, and also the reading is really enjoyable. I am totally disinterested in what we have on the TV at the moment. I couldn’t care less about celebrity houses and who is arguing with whom. I’m not bothered about what the soap characters are up to and I’ve never watched baking shows or jungle shenanigans! I’d much rather lose myself in a good novel or learn about myself with a spiritual book. My Kindle has therefore been a winter lifesaver in January…

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Another lifesaver – literally, is home cooked food. The Christmas period involved a lot of indulgence and eating out, but now we are in a new year I have been back to basics and making sure I cook again. Rather than stick to the few ‘tried and tested’ regular meals that I prepare, I’ve been making an effort to mix things up and try new recipes! This month I’ve enjoyed a slimming Nacho Style Feast which is really filling and warming, and also I made a slow cooked sweet chilli chicken which made a nice change.

All this cosiness is helping me to get through these winter months, rest up and gather strength for the busier spring and summer months as I know my diary is looking really active this year!

How do you get through the winter? Share your strategies with me below.

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Comments to Winter Lifesavers

  • I really don’t think I could live in England anymore because of the winter having been spoilt with the climate in the South of France for 9 years now…we have 300 days of sunshine a year! (Sorry!!) Why not treat yourself to a little break at our gite??? Sorry again, it just seemed the perfect time to mention it!

    Phoebe @ lou messugo 25th January 2016 11:45 am Reply
    • Ooh 300 days of sunshine a year! Lucky you!

      Nadine Hill 25th January 2016 12:15 pm Reply
  • Oh I love that cardigan, looks very cosy. I’m not sure how I get through Winter, I’ve just had flu and it was the most awful illness I’ve ever had so I am really longing for Spring now.

    Sonia 25th January 2016 2:12 pm Reply
    • Get well soon! The cardigan is very cosy but I am also longing for longer days!

      Nadine Hill 26th January 2016 10:38 am Reply
  • Oh yes I need to dress warm too, you look lovely and well done going to bed earlier, its making me proper grumpy having late nights x

    Karen Langridge 25th January 2016 8:21 pm Reply
    • Thank you Karen! I know I am so cranky when I’m tired!!

      Nadine Hill 26th January 2016 10:35 am Reply
  • I love the idea of early nights. I sometimes wish I could get sent to bed early for MY behaviour for a change!

    Lucy Dorrington 25th January 2016 10:03 pm Reply
    • haha I’ve thought this for ages- why do kids moan about being sent to bed?!!!

      Nadine Hill 26th January 2016 10:34 am Reply
  • I need to take a page out of you book and go to bed earlier! I would love to live in LA – oh the light is just amazing

    Jen Walshaw (@Mum_TheMadHouse) 26th January 2016 11:28 am Reply
    • haha let’s sneak off to LA Jen!

      Nadine Hill 26th January 2016 6:35 pm Reply
  • You are looking fab, those early nights are suiting you nadine, I’ve been trying to do the same. Mich x

    Michelle Twin Mum 27th January 2016 6:14 pm Reply
    • Bless you! Thanks for that hun. I won’t get an early night tonight as I’m working but I am definitely having one tomorrow to make up for it!! x

      Nadine Hill 29th January 2016 7:19 pm Reply
  • Wow, you look gorgeous lady! I am a huge fan of cardigans, can’t get enough of them and I was gutted to see a whole on the elbow of my all time favourite after it’s last wash. Boo Hoo, I’ll have to invest in a new one!

    Mari 1st February 2016 11:34 am Reply
    • Aww thanks Mari!

      Nadine Hill 1st February 2016 4:12 pm Reply
  • You look absolutely gorgeous and full of wintery warmth! I am enjoying baths, especially after a long run. My daughter has just discovered Lush bath bombs, they do a lovely bergamont and orange happy one! Thanks for joining happy and home.

    Penny 8th February 2016 9:36 am Reply
    • You’re so sweet! Thanks Penny! My daughter is also a LUSH fan- she always smells so gorgeous, gives me another excuse to kiss her – whether she likes it or not!!

      Nadine Hill 9th February 2016 9:15 am Reply
  • I’ve made the decision to actually take time to cook properly, and enjoy that time, rather than seeing it as a chore. I’ve always cooked, but since having busy children it’s become rushed and a task. Trying to view it as a break from the mundane part of my day makes it much more pleasant and enjoyable.

    Helen @actuallymummy 8th February 2016 12:40 pm Reply
    • Totally agree Helen! Personally I could always find ‘better’ things to be doing than cooking but I realise that if I want the kind of healthy nourishment that my body needs and to know I’m doing a good job by my family, I have to make the time to cook. They appreciate it and I know I’m eating the best way I can! Thanks for commenting.

      Nadine Hill 9th February 2016 9:14 am Reply

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