When the darkness lasts longer than the daylight, how does it make you feel?
Some people love it, for others, it’s the beginning of a very hard time – especially for those living with SAD – a form of depression that is triggered by long nights and short days. One in 15 people in the UK is said to be living with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and many might not even realise.
As I said in a previous post (I think), I’m not a massive fan of Autumn or Winter – it’s too cold, too dark, and the only good thing about it for me is Christmas. My birthday doesn’t even make the list to be honest.
With this in mind, what are the things I find essential to making it through another dark, cold and wet 6 months? None of the links below are sponsored or affiliate links – these are my genuine recommendations:
- Good skin cream to protect against dry or chapped skin from the cold – like these one’s (unashamed self-plug!)
- Vaseline because my lips need protection too – I love the cocoa butter one.
- A good conditioner and moisturiser for my natural hair – the cold can make my hair dry if I don’t treat it with the love it deserves. I love this set from African Pride and even Mr.A loves the shampoo. For a deep conditioner, I always use this one from Cantu. If you’re not a fan of Shampoo, this is the best co-wash I’ve ever had and swear by. I’m currently using Aunt Jackies Quench Moisture Intensive Leave In Conditioner for moisture.
- A very warm, padded jacket that comes at least to mid-thigh for maximum warmth. I’m still rocking my jacket from 2017 that Mr.A bought me from Matalan as requested.
- A sun simulation alarm light. I don’t think that’s the right name for these lights – SAD lamps? Anyways, prices vary from around £30 to £200+ and you can find alternatives by googling “sun light lamp” or “SAD lamps”. Check the reviews and pick one.
- Hot chocolate. Even when I’m working to lose weight, I will never get rid of hot chocolate. I don’t have one every day but whenever I’m feeling super cold and in need of something sweet, I have a hot chocolate. My go to is a caramel hot chocolate and I’m not fussed whether I make it myself or grab a cup from Costa.
- Layers. I like wearing dresses to work but I don’t really like long sleeve dresses so I’m a big fan of cardigans, capes and blazers. I always have a vest top underneath any dress or blouse I’m wearing as well. A light jumper can be paired with a skirt as well and a good pair of boots. Make layers work for your style to stay warm and comfortable.
- Over the ear headphones – seems random right? But over the ear headphones are multi-functional: they work as ear muffs, they act as a deterrent if you don’t want anybody to talk to you and you can listen to music or podcasts or whatever. 3 for the price of 1 – #Winning #Bargain
- TV series – whether it’s Jane The Virgin, Being Mary Jane, NCSI: LA, Killing Eve or Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK – find a few you love for those days when you can snuggle up under a duvet and get your binge watch on. Forget the cold outside and keep it warm and entertaining inside!
I know there’s a tonne of fashion based Autumn/Winter essential lists out there but this one just seemed more relevant for this blog and to be fair, I don’t really know anything about fashion!
What keeps you going through those cold and dark months? Drop a comment below and let me know.
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