Saturday, July 11

5 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

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Winter is here, and that means cooler mornings, shorter days, and, of course, the arrival of colds, flu and allergies. This winter season, the risks of Covid-19 have not only made avoiding getting the sniffles a top a priority, but they’ve also forced people to stay indoors and self isolate. Anxiety is at an all-time high for many people this winter

But it’s not all doom and gloom. We’ve found a few tried and tested ways to help lift your spirits and beat the winter blues:

1. Exercise:

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While you may be tempted to cut back on exercise during winter, there are loads of benefits to breaking a sweat in the cooler months. Studies have found that working out in winter burns more calories than exercising during the warmer months. During winter, your body uses more energy to heat up its core, so bring on the cardio and start working on your summer body now.

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2. Comfort food

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One of the best things about winter is comfort food. Lockdown has given us the time to work on our culinary skills and become the ultimate home cooks. Now that it’s a bit colder, we can start cooking our all-time favourite winter warmer comfort foods. Think stews, soups, freshly baked bread, and roasts.

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3. Snuggle up with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate

Now is the perfect time to start reading all those books gathering dust on your bookshelf or to buy a few of the best-sellers you’ve been putting off reading when you didn’t have time. Shop for books online and have them delivered to your house so you’ll be ready whenever the reading bug strikes.

4. Nesting at home

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Going on adventures in summer is great but there’s nothing quite like nesting at home in winter. Get ready for cold winter weather by making your home warm and cosy using heaters, thick winter blankets, microwave bean bags, fuzzy slippers, and more. Having these winter warmers around the house will help set the scene for cold days spent relaxing at home on the couch.

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5. Watch your favourite TV series or movie

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If you are not too keen on reading, there’s always a binge-worthy series you can catch up on or a new a Netflix movie you can enjoy. If you’re not in the mood to watch something new, an old-favourite movie or a much-loved TV series can also help lift your spirits and bring comfort in the form of familiarity during these difficult times.

Also read: 5 New Netflix Original Movies to Keep You Busy During SA’s Lockdown 

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