I read a blog post by My Anxious Life called Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn. In it, the blogger talked about how the changing of the seasons triggers her anxiety. I could completely relate. Even when we go from Winter to Spring, it causes a change in my mindset, and I find that my anxiety plays up. I have no idea why it happens, but I have started anticipating it each time.
To combat those feelings, the blogger started talking about all the things that she was looking forward to in the Autumn/Winter, and I thought this was a great idea, so that’s what I’m going to do in this post! Generally, I’m a glass-half-empty type gal, so I’m always thinking about what I’m leaving behind when the season changes rather than all the lovely things I could look forward to.
But first, I am going to talk about all the reasons why I’m actually glad that the Summer is now over (even though it is my favourite season!)
You have a nice chilled shower, dry off, get dressed, and before you know it, you’re a horrible sticky mess again. There is nothing you can do to stop it. You sweat in places you didn’t think it was possible to; your knees, ears, nose. I’m sure the outside of my elbows sweated at some point this summer.
Sweating just makes me feel uncomfortable. There are so many things to worry about; ‘Can you see my sweaty pits?’ ‘Am I going to leave a sweaty bum print on the seat?’ ‘Do I smell?’ It’s not fun.
As an (ahem) ‘slightly larger lady’, I am not blessed with a thigh gap (is anyone in real life??), so my thighs touch. If I want to wear a skirt or dress in the heat, you can guarantee that in a couple of hours, those thick thighs are going to be redraw. So I have to wear a little pair of shorts underneath. Yes, it makes things more comfortable, but it adds another layer of clothing!
I am pathetic when it comes to any kind of bug. Even just picking a picture for this post made me shudder! I like bees, but I do not want to be near one. And do not get me started on wasps. They are mean little shits whose only purpose in life is to make everyone’s life a misery and make me look like a twat when I run away. It’s even more difficult now that I have a child. He’s still too little; I have to try and protect the both of us!
I constantly feel like I should be doing something when we have nice weather. We should go to the farm, beach, park…I want to make the most of the nice weather, but once I’m in it, I can’t wait to get back inside in the shade with the fan going. And this leads me to my next point.
In an attempt to try and keep cool, I put the fan on. But this only blows slightly cool air at you. But, you know, you like it because it’s slightly cooler than no fan. The only trouble is, it constantly blows all my hair and all those little tiny baby hairs all over my face. I am forever itching my bloody face and attempting to find that little tiny hair that is tickling it.
Trying to sleep in the heat is just torture. Some people sleep naked, and that’s fine for them. Personally, I can’t stand my skin touching. So I have to wear PJs. Then there’s the blanket issue. Everyone knows that you need your blanket to protect you from the monsters, but it’s so bloody hot, so what do you do? Sweat under your blanket, or risk the boogeyman coming to get you. I know what I’d rather choose…
What I’m looking forward to this Winter
Now let’s look at the positive things!
Big cuddly jumpers
I just love bundling up in an oversized cuddly jumper. And then struggling to do my coat up over the top 🤣
I’ve really missed snuggling up under one of my fluffy blankets! There’s nothing better than snuggling under the blanket when you’ve got the rain and cold outside, and you’re all warm and safe under your blanket. It’s so good any time of the day.
Now that Baby J is walking, I’m looking forward to taking him out on some fun walks. I plan to crunch through the leaves, splash in puddles with our wellies and possibly even play in the snow.
Winter drinks menu
I absolutely love love LOVE Pyjamas. I wish that I could wear them all day. Somehow it just feels more acceptable to wear your pj’s the second you get in the door in the winter. I keep seeing a thing on Facebook about how great it would be to have a monthly pyjama subscription. I would totally sign up for that!
I love food. And it’s totally acceptable to put on a few lbs over winter!
And obviously Christmas and New Year
I love Christmas. Not the stress leading up to it, though! Getting together with family and friends, food, presents, all sitting around the Christmas table and maybe a drink or 6.
I think that this just about covers everything that I’m looking forward to this winter! I might even be looking forward to Halloween this year too! I would definitely recommend this to anyone else who suffers from the seasons’ changing. When you actually write it all down, it really does help. It’s made me realise that there are things to look forward to, and it’s not all doom and gloom!
Let me know in the comments what you are looking forward to this winter!