Winter is coming! And winter in the Netherlands is rainy, grey and a little cold. Some people love winter, while others (like me) are just waiting for the sun to come out again. If you’re one of the latter, it’s easy to catch the so called ‘winter blues’. To make sure the lack of vitamin D and the overload of rain won’t make you grouchy all winter, I looked up some tips to avoid the winter blues.
- Make your room cosy
One thing I often miss the most about summer is being outside, chilling on my balcony or in an outdoor café. It’s boring to stay inside the whole day, but when you don’t like the rain and cold of winter either, you kind of have to. To make staying in your room more often a little less boring, you can make your room cosier. Winter is the perfect time for candles and fairy lights. So buy a warm, fuzzy blanket, light some candles and put on your best sweater. Besides, you don’t have to stay in alone! Invite your friends over for a movie night and enjoy the cosiness of winter together.
- Plan fun things
During summer(break) everyone is always planning fun things to do. You go to a festival, organise a barbecue or maybe even enjoy a day at the beach. Then, the colder days come and people stay in and don’t plan as much fun activities anymore. It’s quite logical that you don’t go to the beach when it’s pouring outside, but you can still organise some exciting things. For instance, you can plan a big dinner with your friends, where everybody prepares their favourite dish. Or you can go ice skating or visit a Christmas fair, you name it. Just plan enjoyable things. It will be summer again before you know it!
- Make sure you get enough Vitamin D
One of the biggest causes of the winter blues, is a lack of vitamin D. When the sun is shining, our body is able to make its own vitamin D. But when the sun is hidden behind big, grey clouds, our body has to get it somewhere else. Luckily, it’s quite easy to boost your vitamin D levels with certain types of food. Meat, eggs and oily fish are full of it. Are you a vegan? Then it might be necessary to take vitamin D supplements. They are available at most drugstores, so don’t worry!
- Focus on the nicer things in winter
Off course Dutch winter is depressing when you’re only thinking about the rain and the cold! That’s why you should focus on the nicer things in winter. The holiday season is coming up: Christmas dinners, presents, tons of parties to celebrate the beginning of 2018 (or the end of 2017). Furthermore, the city centre of Utrecht never looks cosier than during winter!