It’s important in the gloomy winter months to have a survival plan. A plan to get through the days with very little actual sunlight, the days where you wake up and it’s dark, you leave work and it’s dark . . . the days where the sky has been grey for weeks on end. It’s important to do things to keep you happy and productive until the days get long, the evenings get warm and the sun shines almost every single day!
Obviously a big thing for me is baking. Baking keeps my kitchen warm, it fills the house with delicious smells and it gives me a little sugar rush. I made my chocolate chip cookies and went a little crazy by subbing a 1/4 cup of vegan margarine out for a 1/4 cup of vegan cream cheese. It’s winter, we’ve got to get a little crazy, a little adventurous with our baking.
Another big thing for me is body butter. The heat being on constantly really drys out my skin. I was given this body butter as a Christmas gift last year and I am obsessed with it. The company is vegan, cruelty free and Canadian and the body butter smells incredible. It’s really thick and creamy so you only need to use a little bit at a time, which is how it’s lasted so long! I am in love with it but I can’t seem to find it in any stores! Anybody out there know where I can find it?
My nebulizer is another big thing. I bought it just before Christmas from saje. I am obsessed with saje, I just love walking in there everything is so beautiful and smells amazing. The nebulizer is part humidifier part diffuser. You fill it with water and a few drops of your favourite essential oil and it humidifies, cleanses and fills the air with scent. A great thing when you have a dog, the best air freshener around without any of the awful chemicals.
Liquid sunshine is probably my favourite in the winter, it’s a light citrusy blend that really perks me up. The Fiancé is partial to rain forest. If I feel a cold coming on I’ll toss some immune in the nebulizer and (knock on wood) it really seems to stop it in it’s tracks.
Tea is one of my favourite things in the entire world. I drink way too much of it. But I don’t know if there is anything in the world so comforting as a hot cup of tea. I usually go with a simple black tea in the morning (honey black is my current favourite) and then switch it up later in the day with a green tea.
The one thing more comforting than a cup of tea? Having a squishy faced bulldog snoring next to you. My dog is definitely my number one weapon against the winter blahs, you’re forced to go outside, forced to play and you get to have all the cuddles. He’s the greatest.