How To Brighten Dark Evenings
Winter evenings, there are days when I embrace them and find the darkness comforting yet there are days where I feel defeated, struggling with the darkness. One thing I have learnt in the last few years is that you can let any emotion especially the more negative feelings manifest inside you and slip into it like an old habit. We all deserve better than that. Many people, myself included suffer from SAD and it's part of nature for winter to be darker than the other seasons. Finding ways to help make the days feel brighter and feel better in yourself can make such a difference.
Ever since it has become dark when I leave work I have been trying to make more of an effort to do things for me that will make me feel good inside and out. There will always be days when I want to go straight home, put on some comfy clothes and do nothing significant. And honestly, that's okay. It's important to just rest and let yourself be. Here are a few things you can do to brighten your evenings. You deserve it.
Go to a gym class
For some people this is the last thing they want to do after a long day at work. At least twice a week I go to the gym or a class or even do something at home. YouTube is amazing for finding a sequence/workout, I love Yoga With Adriene, I find I can connect with her and there is something for all abilities. Find what is right for you or Find What Feels Good. Getting out of the house and being around other people can feel motivational and good inside, mix it up.
Every now and then I like to spend a bit of time, usually on a Sunday evening, to treat my skin, hair, nails and body. Running a hot bath, putting on a face mask, get your nails painted and anything else that makes you feel more refreshed for the rest of the week. My favourite mask at the moment is the Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque, after a bath I like to put it on and my skin feels so smooth afterwards.
Indulge in hot drinks
Coffee is my vice and in autumn and winter it is so easy for me to drink cup after cup. In the evenings I try to switch to something with little to no caffeine. Hot chocolate is a classic favourite and satisfies the sweet cravings. Meeting my friends at a coffee shop in the evenings always enriches my day, I tried the Apple Mulled Fruit drink from Starbucks, and it was honestly delicious, try it if you like chai, cinnamon and apple.
Get cosy with a book or tv show
When I'm feeling a little more tired than usual I'll put on a tv show, I don't watch a lot of tv except my favourites at the moment like Made in Chelsea, Grey's Anatomy and The Vampire Diaries. I'm currently reading After You by JoJo Moyes, the sequel to Me Before You, I'm really enjoying it and want to make more of a conscious effort to read before my eyes get too tired and I end up falling asleep after reading a few pages. If you have a cosy fleece blanket to wrap yourself up in that's even better.
Do something you've always wanted
One thing I have discovered since working a nine to five is that it's important to use your time wisely. If you have had ideas of things to do, DO IT! I need to take my own advice with this but there is always another day. Anything you want, try a new creative hobby, go somewhere new for dinner. It can be as simple or as adventourous as you desire. It's your evening, your life, do what makes you feel happy.