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Don’t hibernate!- In the winter it can be very easy to hibernate…cozy up indoors and snooze through the rain and cold. As comforting as this may be it’s important to remember to get outside when you can, breathe in the cold winter air and feel the elements. Go on a walk for the sake of walking, wrap up warm and get out into the cold. If we’re lucky enough to have anymore of those crisp, sunny autumn days go out and enjoy the sun. Exposing yourself to the sun allows your body to produce melatonin, the sleep hormone, and allowing your eyes to be exposed to the suns rays will make it easier for your body to receive the signals for sleep later in the evening. Plus sun is a great mood booster!
Warming foods- one of the best things about the cold of winter can be getting out of it. Ducking into a warm café in your local area can be a great way to get out without having to stay outdoors. Grab a book and go settle in for the afternoon. If you’re lucky enough to be spending the winter in oxford you have a wide array of corner cafes to suit every mood- one of my personal favorites is Will’s deli on Woodstock road which offers fresh seasonal foods at very reasonable prices!
Explore- now we’re no longer spending our days lazing outside in the summer sun it’s time to explore what your local area has to offer. Try going on lonely planet guides for your area, it can be fun getting out of your comfort zone a bit and seeing what other people think your area has to offer. If you’re in Oxford why not swing by the Ashmolean, which has a huge array of artefacts and art laid out in a beautiful setting. Or if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous check out the Pitt Rivers museum, a treasure trove of the weird and the wonderful.
Hobbies- it’s easy to become apathetic during the winter, what with the short days and drizzly weather. Why not try signing up to a new activity? Whether it’s a dance class or a life-drawing class, now’s a good time to keep yourself busy with new activities to beat the winter blues.
Layers- so it’s not exactly an activity per se, but getting to change up your wardrobe when winter comes is always fun! Bring in warmer tones and textures to soften things up a bit, winter doesn’t have to mean boring…if anything it’s a time when we need those cheery colors around us, now that nature is no longer providing! For fashion tips this winter head to one of our favorite blogs: http://blog.anthropologie.com/