Brisbanites got excited over the weekend with a run of very spring-feeling days but as all expected of mid-July, the cold weather is back upon us. All the talk of “how hot is summer going to be if this is winter?” is long gone.
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Dark mornings are my least favourite thing about winter. It seems my whole family thinks the same. I have actually been complaining about sleeping in! Unheard of. Late risers send our busy mornings into an even bigger spin. Note that I haven’t actually started setting an alarm to stop the issue though. The first step is recognising I have a problem though.
There is always the positive outlook on winter of warm hearty meals, slow cooker smells and bolognese for days. Though with that comes a few extra kilos and tomato sauce speckles on your favourite top.
In a recent consumer survey by Accor Hotels, 70% of respondents said that they watched more TV in winter than summer. I wonder if this stat directly correlates with the release of a new season of Game of Thrones that happened just as the days turned chilly? I think so. Orange is the New Black anyone?
My incidental exercise regime has flown out the window, which doesn’t help my waistline pairing that with slow cooker delights. Yes, cold dark mornings started it but now magpie season has taken over. I don’t leave the house often during magpie season. I have panic attacks over those black and white lunatics just going to get the mail! Perhaps they are simply over winter and there are no eggs in their nest at all.
If you live in Sydney though, a little cold weather (or magpies I might add) won’t stop you! The survey results found that 32% of Sydney-siders exercise MORE during winter. Bucking the trend! It would have to be the runners, wouldn’t it? Not that I have personal experience, I just have Instagram. So many events on the circuit – Beach Bolt, Bay Run, City2Surf, Cabramatta2CoffeeShop! Ok, I just made that last one up but it could definitely be a thing.
In a nutshell (a chestnut by an open fire in this case), winter has a tendency to turn ones mood to gloom. Be kind to yourself. Eat all the comforting foods but push yourself to throw on a jumper and go for a walk too (not near trees though, magpies live in trees! *crazy eyes). Don’t hibernate in your home, short breaks or weekend escapes are the perfect way to enjoy time with your family and friends.
And if all else fails in turning that frown upside down, move to Queensland, only 38% of us feel more irritable right now!
Do you love winter? What about Game of Thrones?
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*All stats are from the Accor Hotels/Google consumer survey – May 2016