Staying positive as the days get darker

This post is a paid collaboration with Matalan. All opinions are my own.

 Ali Hemsley wearing a Matalan outfit - yellow coat and floral dress, feeling positive

The clocks have gone back and I am not happy…

You’ve guessed it. I’m a summer gal – bring back long days lounging on the beach and all the cute summer dresses imaginable. Winter is always a hard time for me, as the cold exasperates my chronic illness, and I find it so hard to stay positive. But it’s not just me!! So many of us suffer as the evenings get darker and the days feel shorter. Whether you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or just feel a bit out of sorts during winter – here’s what you can do to improve your wellbeing during this time.

 

Dress for success.

For me, feeling positive starts with my outfit. Autumn and Winter can often mean shapeless knits and a lack of colour – let’s change it up! My go to outfit this year is a bright, statement coat with a floral dress. They’re both from Matalan and have a really affordable price point. The coat is only £30 – an absolute steal! (It also comes in red – which I’m very tempted by!)

It was quite warm until this week so I’ve been pairing the outfit with some simple heels, but it would also look great with over the knee boots as the days get colder. You can shop the full range of Matalan’s coats and jackets here.

 

 Ali Hemsley wearing a Matalan outfit - yellow coat and floral dress, feeling positive

– shop the coat –
– shop the dress –

Exercise for a positive mind.

It’s so tempting to flop on the sofa and hibernate for winter isn’t it? But this definitely won’t help you feel like your best self. If you’re feeling brave, a brisk walk along the sea front will provide you with some serious fresh air that’ll blow away the cobwebs. If (like me) you’re not a big fan of the cold, perhaps try an exercise class or look for an indoor pool you could swim in. Remember – exercise releases endorphins!

Looking for some little pick me ups? Check out my post – ‘Staying Healthy Over The Winter’

 

Watch what you’re drinking!

A simple one but very effective. Put down the Baileys / red wine / gin (so much gin!!) and pick up a soft drink! My drink of choice is a lime and soda – refreshing but low in calories.

 

 Ali Hemsley wearing a Matalan outfit - yellow coat and floral dress, feeling positive

– shop the coat –
– shop the dress –

Plan for the future. (Mentally and financially!)

Get inspired by Pinterest or browse Instagram for potential summer holiday locations! Use the cold nights in under a duvet to think about your goals and how you can achieve them!

It’s important to mind your money over winter too – with Christmas coming up, December can turn into a bit of a money black hole. By planning your finances and spreading the cost of Christmas shopping, you won’t get that feeling of dread when your credit card bill arrives in January!

 

Stay connected.

Call your mum, your gran, your friends!! Even if you don’t feel like going out in the cold, human interaction is so important. We live in the age of instant connection – make the most of it. FaceTime means you and your bestie can catch up whilst both staying in your respective homes and dressing gowns. (And it means you don’t have to share your snacks – priorities!)

 

 Ali Hemsley wearing a Matalan outfit - yellow coat and floral dress, feeling positive

– shop the coat –
– shop the dress –

Sending you all lots of love and warm hugs as we head into November! If you have any tips on how to stay positive this winter, please do let me know in the comments or drop me a DM on social media.

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Ali Hemsley

Ali is a 24 year old lifestyle blogger. She combines her advocacy and awareness work for chronic illness and mental health with her love for fashion. You can follow Ali on social media @alihemsley

This post is a paid collaboration with Matalan. All opinions are my own.

1 Comment

  1. October 29, 2018 / 10:31 pm

    Hi Ali, nice post with some good simple points. I won’t obviously share your great fashion sense but certainly make sure I get in a brisk walk.

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