Hands up who needs a little help keeping up the fresh, good feelings through winter? Just way too easy to feel bogged down and like you just want to hibernate with a continuous supply of warm beverages and at least 3 layers covering neck to toe at all times. Sometimes you gotta give in to those feels. I am writing this from under a duvet, so y’know! Sometimes though, it really pays to keep up the little things that help you feel fresh – the way you do in summer – throughout winter. I’ve seen lots of talk of SAD lately, and whilst I don’t think it particularly affects me (I find something strangely motivating about being inside all cosy whilst the weather’s positively disgusting outside – am I weird?), I do have to make an effort!
The Feel Good Drinks Company asked me to join their #SpreadFeelGoodness campaign, and well, a challenge to share the things that make me feel good is a challenge I’ll happily accept. Here goes!
Comfy but flattering clothes – even on days when I haven’t left the house (which when it’s this yucky and cold and hailstone-y outside, I don’t mind) I make an effort to make myself presentable(ish) anyway. Just does wonders for the mindset, y’know? Having said that, I’m not exactly gonna put myself through the torture of skinny jeans and an uncomfortable bra for the sake of it. Super simple and comfy but super flattering dresses though? Oh yes. This skater style’s from H&M and is both incredibly comfy (<3 you jersey) but oh so flattering at the same time. All hail the nipped in waist, eh?
Fresh fruits – Hands up who could probably live off mince pies, tea and biscuits for the entirety of November and December? Or ‘pince mies’ as they’re affectionately known in my house. No idea why. But yeah, it’s so easy to be like ‘gimme all the comfort food’ in the lead up to Christmas and sometimes that can leave you feeling pretty groggy (and your clothes on the tight side). Much as stodgy hearty winter-y foods taste good at the time, fresh fruits snacks rather than cakes and juice drinks rather than tea and coffee on repeat (guilty) give me a ‘feel good’ boost.
Rereading old books – yep, re-reading a couple of old but gold ones when there are a bajillion on the bookshelves that I haven’t read. A* logic right there. Sometimes you just love a book so bloody much that you have to get stuck into it again though, right? I remember reading The Island for the first time whilst in Germany a few years ago, and it’s right up there with my all time faves. Victoria Hislop convinced me that I NEED to visit Spinalonga in my lifetime. Never mind the beaches that draw most people to Crete, I wanna visit the old leper colony! So yeah, there’s something very ‘feel good’ about re-reading something you know for absolute certain you’re gonna love.
Doing solo lunching properly – OK ok, sometimes beans on toast and a brew just hits the spot, but making myself a really nice lunch is a definite feel good moment. Something feels that tiny bit indulgent about taking the time to rustle up something super tasty to enjoy with a nice drink just for yourself, right? Not even an instagrammable one (hence lack of pictures lol) but just a nice tasty dish to enjoy in your own company. Fresh, fruity and 100% natural juices like these definitely add to the feel good moment too – and if you’re anything like me you’ll understand that glass bottles and paper straws boost the cuteness factor by 10. 🙂 So yeah, some home-alone days I grab whatever’s easiest and eat at my desk, but sometimes I go to the effort of setting the table and cooking myself a proper lunch too, and I gotta say it’s a way better feel good moment than a tin of soup!
Dainty jewellery details – specifically rose gold ones at the minute. All about that rose gold. Gotta love birthday bits and bobs and airport buys too! Little details like jewellery just make me feel so much more put together and any help I can get in that department is much appreciated.
Cosy evening drinks – be it the caffeine, alcoholic, or y’know, soft drink variety. There’s something very ‘Hygge’ about chilled nights with a warm drink. Was only gonna be so long before I slipped that oh-so-2016 buzzword in wasn’t it? 😀 There’s something equally fun about an opposite-of-cosy night out with drinks too, but that’s another topic! My first mulled wine of the year is yet to happen (hoping to make it a Gluhwein at the Hamburg Christmas markets) but I’m liking the sound of the Feel Good Drinks ‘winter warmer’ mocktail recipe in the meantime.
Getting hooked on a series – this one’s probably a regular occurrence for 9 out of 10 people, but it’s a rarity for me so hear me out! The Girl Who Never Watches TV has (wait for it) become 100% hooked on a TV series. The Missing, to be precise. Hardly what you’d call a ‘feel good’ series bearing in mind it’s downright traumatic, but the whole ‘waiting for the next episode then tuning out of everything whilst you watch’ has become a wintery feel good thing for me. Can we discuss The Missing theories now please?
Hope you’re all embracing cosiness as winter creeps up on us!
This post is sponsored by The Feel Good Drinks Company, however as usual, all words and opinions are 100% my own.
lily kate x