7 Small Ways to Feel Happier, This Winter

Everyday Autumn Outfits

{This blog post is sponsored by Replay Jeans} | I love this time of the year, because there is so much to feel excited about. But, as magical as autumn may be, it’s also a time of increased stress. There are only 10 weeks left to wrap-up projects before the end of the year, everyone is starting to catch colds, and the dark mornings and evenings can sap at your energy.

So, to counteract all of this, I thought I’d share 7 small ways that we can all feel happier in winter…

1. Refresh your capsule wardrobe: It’s impossible to feel like your best self when you open your wardrobe every morning and feel ‘blah’ about your selection of clothing. So, this fall, carve out an entire afternoon where you can go through your autumn/winter wardrobe, and note down all of the key pieces you’re currently missing.

I’d been without a pair of dark-wash skinny jeans for such a long time, and I think they’re an absolute essential for A/W. So, with this in mind, I recently filled that gap in my wardrobe with a pair of Replay skinny jeans. I went for the skinny, high-waist ‘Luz’ jeans in blue/black, because they’re a classic style that will go with everything. I ordered one size up – because dark-wash jeans tend to have a little less stretch and always feel tighter – and they fit like a dream!

Replay Skinny Jeans

2. Experiment with seasonal recipes: I’m always excited to try new recipes, during autumn, because I love pumpkin, butternut squash, parsnips and all of the other seasonal veggies. I recently made a vegan, butternut squash spaghetti carbonara, which was so good!

Bring more excitement to your weeknights by mixing things up, and experimenting in the kitchen.

3. Fill up your calendar: Now that the days are getting shorter we’re less likely to be out and about in the evenings, or making spur-of-the-moment plans after work. And, if you’re an extroverted person, that can have a negative effect on your energy levels. Shield yourself from autumn-isolation by booking in lots of fun friendship dates weeks ahead of time. Here are a few fun after-work activities that are perfect for autumn/winter: go to the cinema, check out a comedy club, book tickets for an evening talk at a museum, investigate the upcoming author events at your local book store, go ice skating.

Everyday Fall Outfit Feel Happier in Winter

4. Spend more time outside: Make the most of any autumn sunshine (because it can be rare), and spend as much time as possible in green spaces. The vitamin D and fresh air will act as an instant energy boost, plus the colours in nature are SO beautiful at this time of the year. You’d be a fool to miss it!

5. Lean into the festivities: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year… there are so many festive occasions coming up. And who doesn’t love a reason to celebrate?! If you’re usually a bit cynical about the festive season, lean into it this year. Decorate your home, find an excuse host friends and family, take on a seasonal baking project… Your enthusiasm will be contagious, and make everyone around you happier.

Ways to Feel Happier in Winter

6. Reach out to friends you’ve barely seen, throughout 2019: How is it October already? This year has flown by. And, if you’re anything like me, there will be certain people in your life that you adore, but have barely seen throughout 2019. Take a few minutes to write a list of all of the friends and relatives you’d love to spend some quality time with, before the year ends, and reach out to them ASAP.

7. Start a Christmas savings fund: Money can feel like a huge stressor, during November and December. So take the initiative to start squirrelling away a few extra £’s each week. Your future self will thank you, when you have a little extra tucked away for your Christmas shopping or holiday travel.

How to you plan to feel happier in winter? Comment below to have your say…

~ This post was sponsored by Replay Jeans ~

Photos by Victoria Metaxas

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  1. Steph says:

    This is such a wholesome post. Winters are definitely gloomy and dark. But I personally love winters. Also loving those jeans with that cute sweater!

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