Winter is coming. (Whether you choose to accept it or not.) Sadly, there’s no John Snow to protect you from the cold, but there are a few other ways you can enjoy the chilly nights ahead. Sure, all you want to do is hibernate under a blanket, drink hot chocolate (with extra marshmallows) and binge on Netflix. And although that sounds like a wonderful idea (erm, not) – we’ve got some simple tips to get you through the winter blues, and actually embrace the cold. Winter blues? Hardly. Winter happiness? Absolutely!

How to “hygge

Consider yourself lucky Aussies.  The average temperature in Denmark in winter is 0 degrees! But although the Danes spend months of the year in darkness and well, freezingness – Denmark is said to be one of the happiest countries in the world. Why? Letting us in on their secret of happiness, ‘Hygge’, pronounced ‘hooga’ can be translated as creating an intimacy to cosiness of the soul, and taking pleasure in the good things life has to offer with good people. To be specific: lighting candles, drinking cocoa by candlelight, bringing plants indoors, or even just spending time with family and friends. In short, the Danes don’t fight their winter blues, they embrace them. So, get cozy.

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And speaking of indoor plants…

Unless you’ve been living under a rock these past few months, you may have noticed the current obsession that is: indoor plants. Ever wanted to grow your own herbs? What about some strawberries? Or maybe you just want a Fiddle Leaf Tree like everyone else on the interweb. With the right resources, you can grow practically anything inside. Despite the health benefits of working your green thumb, you can sleep easy knowing you did something good for Mother Nature.

Workout indoors

Too cold to run outside? We hear ya! With all the nose dripping and ears freezing off – who would want to. This may be the perfect time to invest in a gym membership (if you don’t already have one). And if you’re not a fan of the fitness centre, our guide can be done almost anywhere, and there are a whole bunch of at-home-yoga classes or indoor fitness classes (cyyycling) you can do to stay fit throughout the colder months. No excuses, babe!

Healthy is Happiness

There’s no denying that winter is our least favourite season. Mostly, due to the fact that you’re more likely to get the flu during the colder months. With the hibernation of bacteria and germs at a total high, the best thing you can do is to prepare your body. Pump up on vitamins like Vitamin C (that fights cold and flu symptoms), and Echinacea (that boosts your immune system). To find out more ways to avoid the flu this winter… Click here.

Get Creative in the Kitchen

The beauty of winter? Soups, casseroles and roasts. (And now we’re salivating). Winter brings some of the best produce to your plate – think: beets, pumpkin, potato, carrots! Instead of dreaming of summer salads, embrace the winter veg by getting creative in the kitchen with heartwarming, healthy root vegetable recipes!

TLC for your Skin

All those layers of long sleeves, scarves and socks don’t let your skin “breathe”. We’re not suggesting taking any of these off to embrace the cold, but we are suggesting you give your skin some TLC when you get home. Avoid scalding showers (they open up your pores), and be sure to use natural oils like coconut the lather your body before hopping into your PJ’s. Dedicate one night a week to giving yourself a proper facial, and invest in a nice mask to soothe your dehydrated skin. It’ll do you wonders come Spring!

Exercise your mind

Ever wanted to knit your own blanket? What about crochet your own coasters? Use the long, cold nights to find a hobby that you’ve always wanted to do. Maybe you want to learn how to sew? Or, even attend some creative writing classes – either way, winter is the time to DIY! Don’t let the cold subdue you to TV dinners… embrace your winter blues by snuggling up in the blanket that you knit all by yourself.

Chase the Sun

And if all else fails, chase the sun. Nothing feels better than the warmth of the sun on your skin (while you’re wearing sunscreen, of course). Why not book a winter getaway to somewhere sunnier? You can book a week away to tropical Fiji, or even spend a month walking through the cobble stones of Greece. Whatever your budget, it’ll sure be the highlight of your winter.