10 Ways to Keep the Winter Blues at Bay

The winter blues are like a horrible Harry Potter villain. You use up all your strength trying to avoid them, and just when you think you’re in the clear they pounce, locking you into a state of perpetual misery. They finally caught up with me last week, and in an attempt to shake them off once and for all I’ve put together a simple 10-point plan. So if you’re also suffering from a gloomy state of mind here are a few things you can try…

1. Reread your favourite novels

I always reread my favourite books when I’m feeling low. Sometimes I go cover-to-cover again, and other times I’ll just dip into certain chapters. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and Tina Fey’s Bossypants are my two go-tos.

To Kill a Mockingbird

2. Make a feel-good playlist

Jump onto Spotify or iTunes and create the ultimate feel-good playlist. I suggest Happy by Pharrell Williams, Shake it Off by Taylor Swift, Stronger by Britney Spears, Roar by Katy Perry, Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield, Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson, Bang Bang by Jessie J and Bootylicious by Destiny’s Child.

3. Treat yourself

Sometimes retail therapy really is the best medicine! And you don’t need to spend major $$$s, because little treats have the same mood-enhancing powers as luxury items. Put aside £15 for a new lipstick, an H&M top, a bestselling novel, delicious-smelling bubble bath or a glossy magazine and you’ll instantly get a hit of positive endorphins.

Essie Nail Polish

4. Have dates in the diary to look forward to

Last week I booked tickets to see Taylor Swift on her 1989 tour, which naturally I’m super excited about. Bring on June 27th! Here are some more UK-based ideas to book now: #Grazia10 talks; Savage Beauty at the V&A; Kylie, Grace Jones, Chic and Nile Rodgers live at Hyde Park; GROW London, the contemporary garden fair; Edinburgh Festival Fringe and The London Coffee Festival.

5. Step into nature

I’m not an outdoorsy person at the best of times, so during the winter it takes a lot to get me to leave the house. However, even I have to admit it’s worth the effort because a quick walk can totally clear your mind and set you on a more positive path. So get those UGG boots on and step outside!

Tree Tops Nature

6. Dial a manicure

If you’re in London the LeSalon mobile app needs to be on your radar! It’s basically Uber for manicures! Simply select whether you want a mani or pedi, chose when and where and the app will match you to available nail technicians in your area who will come to your home or office. They also offer discounts for group bookings, so it’s a great way to spend an afternoon at home with your BFFs.

Le Salon App Manicure

7. Plan a ’90s movie night

Gather your best friends and have a screening of one (or more) of the following: 10 Things I Hate About You, Clueless, She’s All That, Cruel Intentions, Never Been KissedBring It On and Drop Dead Gorgeous. It was a prime decade in Hollywood history, that’s for sure!

Clueless Quote Purple Clogs

8. Set yourself a challenge

Try wearing lipstick every day for a month. Purchase a Jawbone fitness tracker and see whether you can top 10,000 steps a day. Attempt to cook two new recipes every week. Sign up for that charity race you always say you’ll do “next year”. Learn how to code. Whatever it is – big or small – give yourself a goal and a distraction from the cold.

9. Send an e-card

Reach out to good friends you’ve lost touch with. Everyone loves to receive a Paperless Post e-card (especially if it’s from the Oscar de la Renta or J.Crew collections), so why not whiz a free “Hello Dahling” card over to your uni buddies? And Tory Burch’s “Big Kiss” GIF is also sure to brighten up any inbox too.


10. Eat cake

And if all of the above fail to cheer you up the you know what you have to do… eat a giant slice of cake! It always works!

What are your tricks for keeping the winter blues away? Leave a comment and let me know…

First photo by Kylie Martin



  1. Lola Byatt says:

    Winter walks are definitely a great way to get exercise and are very enjoyable. It’s one of those things where you’re like where it does require a great deal effort of getting coat on and heading outdoors but once fully committed it turns out to be really enjoyable. I am trying to read more often but my brain seems to be fried in evenings and i just end up going for box sets. i just started watching downton abbey and i am obsessed! x

  2. Yukova says:

    Such a good post. I feel like I do same things when I’m low.

    In addition to this, I love sauna…

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  3. DreamInLace says:

    Great ideas…especially booking summer concerts. It is kind of crazy how far in advance tickets go on sale these days, but it gives something to look forward to. A manicure service? That is incredible!

    xoxo – Kelly

  4. alice says:

    Love this! Have been doing a lot of these already. I also find having lots of lamps on different levels in your living room and candles really helps! Am currently reading the Miniaturist and I think it will definitely become one that I re-read 🙂


  5. Migle says:

    I really loved this list, all of these ideas sound super nice and since I have some serious winter blues at the moment, I will try at least some of these things.
    Aaand you’re going to see Taylor Swift?? SO jealous!
    Migle // Meet Me On The Balcony


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