Typically, this is the low point of the year for me. Unfortunately for poor old August, this month conjures up feelings of gloominess, shades of grey (err... not those particular shades) and mundane and repetitive moments.
I'm not sure why this is. It's probably the fact that the bitterly cold weather has finally gotten to me, and I can't even muster up any enthusiasm over wearing a pair of woolen tights and my beloved boots. I'm desperate for the sun, and I'm trying valiantly to keep my Seasonal Affective Disorder at bay. Term 3 is always a killer- the freezing weather makes the weeks feel so loooong even though it's incredibly busy too.
I'm pushing myself to get through August so I can reach out and grab the combination of Spring and September by the fingertips. What have I been doing in an attempt to beat the Winter Blues?
❤ Grabbed a tall hot chocolate from McCafe to take on the long drive to work. Perfect for those frosty mornings.
❤ Found refuge in the cosy cinema. Saturday morning found myself with some girlfriends watching Magic Mike. I may have just been a little excited when Channing came out with Pony playing in the background.. *cough*
❤ Deon has an aversion to electric blankets. He's a mutant who doesn't seem to feel the cold, and claims he overheats badly if a blanket is switched on, even if it's just on my side. To compensate, the trusty hot water bottle is my new best friend.
❤ Exercise. Seriously. Forty minutes of a Jillian Michaels workout and I'm covered in sweat and hurting like a bitch. The results make the pain so worth it though!
❤ Curled up on the couch under my woolen throw and pinned to my hearts content.
❤ Winter is a minefield when it comes to comfort food, so I've been searching for dishes that are both filling and healthy. My favourite so far? The Lemon and Garlic Spaghetti that I made last week. I'm going to make it again tonight, but tweak it slightly by adding a couple of prawns.
If you're living in what feels like Siberia like me, and you also hate the feel of the cold, how do you combat it? Tell me all your little tricks and tips! I need them to survive August!