We don’t know what you think, but Spring seems to be teasing us – peeping its head out only for us to wake up to a rather chilly morning! And don’t even get us started on all the wind and rain. If that hasn’t got you feeling as fed up as us, then the Insta-spam of your mates’ summer holidays around Europe might just tip you over the edge. But do not worry. We are here for you beautiful people. We got together with some of our besties to find out how they’re ridding themselves of the winter blues. So read on to find out how to recharge, revive and get ready for summer!
But first – the science behind why we feel how we feel at this time of year
If you’re a follower of our blog, then you’ll know we love a scientific fact here and there; so sit tight, here it comes. If your get up and go and got up and gone, then here’s why. During winter, the reduced level of sunlight caused by the shorter days, can disrupt your body’s natural circadian rhythm (AKA your internal body clock) and lead to a drop in serotonin, a neurotransmitter (brain chemical) that affects mood, and so makes you feel a bit glib.
“But we live in Australia” I hear you cry. Well even us antipodeans can suffer from a case of the blues during our short winter. So if you’re feeling sleepy, are craving carbs, have lower than usual energy levels and a lack of concentration then we are pleased to share our winter lifestyle tips to lift your spirits for the final few weeks before daylight saving time fi-n-ally ends!
Get outdoors and exercise a little
When the temperature is falling as fast as your mood, it can be more than just a little hard to get outside to play! But exercise is an amazing antidepressant. We promise! You only need to spend 35 minutes a day, five days a week to improve your improve focus, reduce symptoms of low mood, and lower stress levels.
As a wise friend once said to us: “there is no bad weather just bad clothes.” So if it truly is too cold to get outside then perhaps it’s time to treat yourself to some new gear so that you can enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather.
Warm up your PMA
This little life hack can be short cut to a more positive mental attitude. Keeping a gratitude diary can be a real mood booster. The entries can be brief or long and include whatever it is that you happen to be thankful for in any given moment. Don’t stress about making sure they’re really profound. One of our favourites was getting some free sunflowers from the florist once! Keep it written in a note in your phone so that you can take a quick peek at it whenever you need an immediate mood boost.
Eat well, sleep well
Food impacts your emotions in a big way. Shopping seasonally for fruit and veggies is a good starting point. Our fridge is full of these at the moment:
It also has some Haighs dark chocolate frogs – for emergencies!
Let all the light in
When your body is craving more daylight, sitting next to an artificial light can work wonders. If you hot desk at work then try and snag the one by the window for an extra dose of sunshine. At Hammamas HQ, we cleaned our windows and pruned back some leafy branches to let the maximum sunlight into our space.
Other pals of ours swear by their dawn simulator, a nifty little thing that causes the lights in your bedroom to gradually brighten over a set period of time; apparently making it easier to get out of bed in the morning!
And Marie Kondo starts her day by opening a window. So throw open those blinds and curtains and let some fresh air into your lungs.
Plan your next vacay!
Maybe dreaming up a grand plan for your next summer vacay will lift your mood. You’ve probably had plenty of inspiration from all of your friends’ social feeds; but if you need some other ideas then here’s what’s made it to the top of our list:
- Peru – the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, the Peruvian amazon and Cusco
- Western Australia for a closer-to-home outback adventure
- Europe – Croatia, Italy, Spain, France…sorry we can’t actually choose one!
- Bali – not to far, not too close – juuuuusssst right.
Sing and dance to your favourite playlist with friends
And while you’re waiting for that holiday to come around, invite some mates over for an indoor BBQ and pretend like it’s summer already. Grab your Hammamas and use them as picnic blankets, mix up some winter Pimms and turn up the sound on the tunes that make you feel like dancing. At the moment, we’re listening to these:
- Dance Monkey – Tones and I
- Beautiful people – Ed Sheeran featuring Khalid
- Sunflower – Post Malone and Swae Lee
With love and summer almost-springtime vibes from the Hammamas team x