How to Overcome the Winter Blues

How to Overcome the Winter Blues

Winter in Australia might not be as harsh as in other parts of the world, but it can still bring a case of the blues. Shorter days, chilly weather, and a longing for the sun can be enough to put a dampener on anyone’s mood. 

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to stay warm, cosy, and uplifted. From cosy social setups and nourishing food to keeping your home and self nice and toasty, these are our favourite ways to ditch those winter blues.



Winter warmers for your bedroom

Nothing beats snuggling into a warm, cosy bed on a cold winter's night, especially when it's made with organic materials. Organic bedding, such as sheets and quilts made from organic cotton, wool or linen, not only feel great but are also free from harmful chemicals and pesticides. These materials are naturally breathable and help to regulate your body temperature - more than their synthetic alternatives, where you wake up overheated and sweaty. 

If you’re trying to save on electricity, these kinds of natural fibre quilts and comforters also make the perfect couch covers to warm you up while you’re bingeing Bridgerton. And bonus - they’ll be nice and toasty when you transfer them to your bed later on! Sharing the couch or bed and need an extra blanket or throw? We’ve got you covered there too!


Winter warmers for your belly

Winter is the perfect time to indulge in hearty, warming meals that nourish the body and soul. Think soups, stews, and casseroles packed with seasonal vegetables, legumes, and grains. Not only are these meals cost-effective, they’re also easy to prepare in bulk, ensuring you always have something wholesome on hand. Use whatever veg you’ve got in the fridge or whatever’s in season at the shops, chuck everything in your slow cooker before work, and come home to a satisfying meal and delicious smell right through the house. 

Comforting drinks are also essential during the colder months - and can be the simple ritual that boosts your mood at the same time. Warm up with a mug of organic herbal tea, hot chocolate, or a golden turmeric latte. These drinks are not only delicious but also provide health benefits, from boosting your immune system to reducing inflammation. 

Here’s a few fab recipes to get you started…


Winter warmers for your body

When it comes to staying warm, natural fibres are your best friend. Unlike synthetic materials, natural fibres like wool, cotton, and bamboo are more effective at retaining heat, while allowing your skin to breathe. Wool, in particular, is excellent for winter, as it provides insulation even when wet and is naturally moisture-wicking. If you were considering a little wardrobe audit, this is your sign to seek out all your natural clothing friends! 

Layering is key to staying warm. Start with a base layer of merino wool or bamboo, add a mid-layer of organic cotton or fleece, and finish with an outer layer of wool or a sustainable down jacket. This way, you can adjust your clothing to stay comfortable as the temperature changes throughout the day. 


Winter warmers for your commute

Staying warm on your way to work and in the office can be challenging - and it’s no secret that when you’re cold or uncomfortable, your mood is going to suffer as well. First off, get familiar with layering so you can easily adjust to the changing temperatures between indoors and outdoors. Invest in a good-quality, sustainable coat that provides ample warmth without the bulk, then add your accessories like scarves, gloves, and beanies to keep you warm from house to office. Hot tip - take a thermos or reusable coffee cup on your commute to warm your hands and your belly at the same time!

In the office, consider bringing a small, energy-efficient space heater for your personal area or a warm throw blanket for your chair. You can also use a hot water bottle or a microwavable heat pack to keep your hands and lap warm while you work. And never dismiss the hardworking winter socks that keep your toes toasty on your commute and under your desk. We recommend keeping an extra pair on hand in case of wet weather emergencies. 



Winter warmers for the soul

Winter can sometimes feel gloomy, but there are plenty of ways to keep your spirits high. Natural light is a powerful mood booster, so make the most of it by opening curtains and blinds during the day. If natural light is limited, consider using a light therapy lamp to mimic the effects of sunlight. 

While you’re at it, why not dress your home for the season. Make it cosy with extra throws and blankets, light lush candles that bring good vibes and warmth to your space, and lean into your favourite winter activities like movie days or sleep-ins while the season allows for more rest.

Staying active might not be top of your winter warmers list, but it is a great way to lift your mood. Whether it's a brisk walk, a yoga session, or a home workout from YouTube, physical activity releases endorphins that can help combat feelings of sadness and lethargy. 

The same goes for social activities, which sustain your sense of connection with your loved ones. But when in winter, why not bring these outings indoors? Host a cosy movie night, a virtual hangout with friends, or a game night with your family. These small gatherings can help create a sense of community and warmth, even when the weather outside is chilly.


Work with winter, not against it

Winter might not be your favourite season, but when you find the right hacks to stay warm and bright - from your bed to your workplace and beyond - it can make these months far more bearable. 

Apply what works for you and embrace the season with sustainable self-care values in mind. And listen to your body, mind, and overall energy for signs you need to rest or skip that social event or workout. You’ll survive winter much better when you enjoy it for what it is.