4 Things We All Forget About Winter

We all think we know what to expect from winter. After all, it happens every year.

 

We know we’re going to see a spike in our home energy bills. We know we’re going to feel more lethargic– but we also know we’ve got the delights of Christmas to look forward to. We know we’re going to need scarves and woollen hats if we want to step outside. By the time you’re an adult, you probably think you’ve got winter sorted.

 

Yet somehow, it always manages to surprise us.

 

So, in the hopes of making this the year in which you’re ready for everything winter has to throw at you, here are a few valuable thoughts you’re going to want to keep in mind.

 

 

#1 – It’s Harder To Get Hold Of Everyone

From the beginning of December through to mid-January, everyone in your life will be harder to contact. This is even more of a problem if you’re trying to hire a company of service; the holiday patterns vary, and you could find yourself stuck for assistance if you need it at the wrong time. If you have any big jobs you want doing around the house, book them in ASAP to avoid this.

 

#2 – It’s Not Going To Be Permanently Freezing

When you think of winter, the images that come to mind are likely to be very, very cold. Snow-capped houses, the windows of your home covered in ice, snowmen being built in the backyard. These images mean that most of us spend fall in a frenzy of fixing and planning for the cold, from buying throws right through to undertaking furnace repairs so we don’t have to freeze in our own home.

 

Sure, there’s a good chance those images are absolutely in store for you this winter, but the winter isn’t guaranteed to be freezing. There will be stretches throughout winter when it’s quite mild; you won’t need to spend every evening wrapped in every blanket you own just to keep warm. So while it’s a good idea to get all of your home heating needs sorted prior to the onset of winter, it’s worth bearing in mind — for your sanity as much as anything — that you won’t constantly be freezing right through to March.

 

#3 – The Lack Of Daylight Can Damage Your Mental Health

The lack of daylight during the winter can have a catastrophic impact on mental health, potentially even resulting in a condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder. Try to spend 10-15 minutes outdoors each day, even if it’s cold, so you can get your daily dose. If that’s not possible, then consider a lamp designed to mimic sunlight; you’ll be surprised how big a difference these can make.

 

 

#4 – Winter Officially Ends Later Than You Think

It’s true; winter won’t officially end until the 21st of March– but there’s good news, too. Winter doesn’t technically start until December 21st, so if you need to do any prep, you’ve still got plenty of time!

 

While winter might, in some ways, be the most difficult season, it also has a number of high points that make it worthwhile. Focus on the points above, and the good days to come, and winter won’t be able to surprise you this year!

 

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