We’ve talked autumn blues recently – but we all know that it is not the greatest threat to our happiness and productivity that the coming months will throw our way. No. The autumn blues is just a prelude to something much worse; to the worst of worst nightmares that the lack of sun brings along. The winter sniffles.
Yes, I know, it’s still a good month until winter is officially here – but the winter sniffles do not care for our puny human calendars. As soon as the days become darker, and the air colder and colder, it creeps into our lives – making us slow, lazy even, ready to just sit under a blanket with hot chocolate in one hand and an apple pie in the other.
Is there a good, safe way to defeat the winter sniffles forever? I’d say no. Every year it returns to me again and again, no matter how hard I try to resist it. But there are some things we can do to ensure we don’t just lose a few months of our lives to endless, idle slumber.
Be a busy bee
The number one tip I can give to anyone fighting the winter sniffles is the toughest of them all – be busy at any cost.
As soon as you give up, as soon as you give in to the I-cannot-be-bothered-to-move feeling, you’re done. There is no coming back till spring. Once you slow down and let everything go, you will not find the strength to start something new.
Think about it. Just keeping up with life is hard enough – how could you possibly start a brand new adventure? Just stay under your blanket. You lost already.
Look forward to something
On the first weekend of December I always put up my Christmas tree – but usually I have all my gifts bought and wrapped by mid November. It is partially because this way they are both cheaper and easier to obtain; but also, because when it gets cold and miserable, Christmas keeps me going.
I do feel sorry for people who loathe Christmas. Not only do they have to go through the world’s Christmas craze, misunderstood by everyone around them – that must be bad enough. No. They also miss out on the number one thing to get excited about in December.
Nothing keeps the winter sniffles away as well as hype for something fun – and winterish at the same time. Singing Christmas songs works miracles. But so do skiing trips if that is what tickles your fancy. Or snowball fights. Pick your poison and stick to it.
Don’t let yourself be too comfortable
We all like a good day of rest and doing nothing, but if we do suffer from winter snuffles, there is no one day of bliss. No. Once you start, you will never get out of it. See point number one.
Comfort is the number one enemy when it comes to the winter sniffles. It will pretend to be your strongest ally though; a wolf in sheep skin as they call it. Comfort kills change and it kills any productivity in the winter. It makes us want to sleep. Sleep is also our enemy.
Well, to some extent.
As much as it pains me to say it, a day spent in the super cold outside can be… fun?
But achieving the task of getting out of bed and getting out of the house on a late autumn/winter day can be pretty rewarding. Cold makes one think better, I have heard. Or something. It clears my mind to some extent and makes me appreciate the inside quite a lot.
Try to keep healthy
Looking after oneself is particularly hard at this time of the year and can become a job in itself. But it is also so much more important. Not only because, you know, it is crucial to stay healthy or something; being ill or generally unwell can ruin the best anti winter sniffles crusade.
Catching up after a bad flu is tough enough without feeling like the entire world is just about to die and there is no hope for love or warmth ever again. Trust me. You do not want to do that. So, stack up on vitamin C and some tea with honey and lemon, and do not let some petty germs take you down.
Don’t be scared to ask for help
The final and most important advice comes for all of us who struggle with being a tad too strong and independent – ask for help.
Chances are there are plenty of people in your life ready to make this time of the year way more pleasant. People who care about you. And people who also may suffer from the winter snuffles too. Wouldn’t fighting it together be more fun and more efficient at the same time?
Our families, friends, even coworkers and neighbors, and all the other people we pass on the streets every day, they are all just as vulnerable to the winter snuffles. Strength in numbers, they say. Why not give it a go, in that case?
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