Insight: Embrace Autumn/Winter

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We are well and truly into Autumn now, Summer is gone, forget it, new seasons are upon us.

Most people love/prefer summer; sunshine, suntan, short skirts, sandals, long evenings, beer gardens, music festivals.....the list goes on. But you know what, we equally love autumn/winter here at Laundry. Let's not get all doom and gloom about the dark evenings approaching and the weather getting colder. Embrace the seasons, live for the moment, in other words stop wishing your life away!

Experiencing four seasons in the year is truly a wonderful thing. I especially love October when the weather turns crispier, the leaves start to fall but you can still quite often get dry sunny weather, despite the temperatures dropping. I love getting out my jumpers and scarves but not quite needing my gloves and hats or winter coats. I get a really cosy feeling about getting settled into the darker evenings. And equally when it comes back round to Spring, it's like we're coming out of hibernation, our batteries re-charged and we're ready to make the switch again.

There are only two things I don't like about winter so let's get them out of the way first; it plays havoc with your skin, and if summer hasn't brought good weather it's not easy to say “hurrah, let's wrap up for winter!”. I don't think we did too bad this year, I spent quite a lot of time relaxing in the garden.

Now for the good things:

Winter clothing is so much better, warm wooly jumpers, jeans, scarves, hats, coats, boots, all covered up is great. Summer vests and dresses are great but unless you are naturally tan coloured, it takes a hell of a preparation to get a skirt on. Winter, you get up, decide what you want to wear and just put it on, no prep needed. You can even put on that mini skirt you love with black tights and you don't have to think about it 3 days before (one for waxing, one for exfoliating and one for tanning). And faux fur is just divine!

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Next, you don't feel guilty about wasting away Sundays. Sunday roast dinners are not for summer, you want to be out and about. Winter Sundays are all about getting up (it's compulsory not to get dressed until lunch time, if at all), watch Sunday Morning Live and instigate an intelligent conversation in the household or just catch up on Saturday Kitchen Best Bits instead, getting tips for Sunday roast. And then settle down to an afternoon movie! On Sundays that we don't want to cook or stay in, best plan is to get wrapped up (see, winter clothes are great!) go for a seaside or country walk and stop off at a lovely pub/restaurant and have someone else cook for you.

Baths!!! Nothing is more relaxing than locking yourself into the bathroom and spending half an hour soaking in the bath, with candles burning, glass of wine in one hand and a book in the other. And then taking time to apply your favourite body lotion. Perfect recipe for a good nights sleep! 

Xmas! Not just xmas itself but everything it brings, shopping, new fragrances, new makeup collections, new winter skincare products, new books, all of which must be released in time for xmas. And then there's xmas parties and lunches, a new outfit for this occasion, to hell with the healthy eating for this occasion, log fires in country pubs (we're such romantics!). All good stuff!

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Enjoy the warmth of Autumn/Winter, instead of moaning about how cold it is outside, create an ambience at home by lighting lots of candles and get the log fire going if you have one. Cook hearty meals and get the family together. No more salads, it's all about winter stews and bowls of soups. But don't be afraid to go outside either. There is so much to see this time of year, don't dismiss it, the turning of the leaves, the ground frost that can look beautiful over the hills, the way snow lights up the landscape and creates a wonderful togetherness with kids (and adults) playing together. There's nothing more invigorating than a walk in cold weather, it gets the blood flowing and releases happy endorphins.

So, let's get into it! If you need your SAD lamp to get you out of bed in the morning, then go for it. But that's it. No more moping around after that. Autumn/Winter is a lovely time of the year, embrace it, live it, love it!!