1/ Eat your oats. This is one of my favourites as it's all about starting each day right. I have porridge on the stove most mornings for my little ones anyway, and I can switch the toppings between banana and honey, raspberries and nuts (or whatever else takes my fancy) to keep it interesting. This, and a really good cup of coffee, gets me ready for the day.
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3/ Plant bulbs. It's not too late to plant up hyacinths or paperwhites, and they are such a hopeful sign of spring. Failing that, a new bunch of flowers never fails to lift my spirits – such a simple thing, but then, sometimes the very best things are, aren't they?
4/ Have a bonfire. Irresistible to adults and children alike, the combination of comforting nostalgia and simply being outside in the fresh air is good for the soul. It's also a great opportunity to invite friends round for sausages and hot chocolate...
5/ Bake. It doesn't really matter what – cakes, biscuits, scones, bread – I find baking incredibly soothing and meditative (the process, the warmth, the waiting), and try to find time for it pretty much every weekend during the winter.
7/ Fly a kite. It’s such a simple thing, but weirdly uplifting.
8/ Keep it cosy. Light some candles, gather blankets and good, woollen socks, pour a glass of wine or make some hot chocolate, run a hot bath – whatever it is is that makes you feel warm, nurtured and at peace.
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9/ Make plans for your garden. Whether it's a new patch or border of flowers or a different vegetable that you'd like to try growing, gather some gardening books and get inspired. (I love The Low Maintenance Vegetable Garden by Clare Matthews.)
10/ Tackle a small decorating or styling project. Sort out your bookshelves, clear a surface and curate a new collection of favourite things, make or buy new cushion covers, reframe some pictures and create a simple gallery wall. I find that anything which doesn't involve picking up a paintbrush is pretty soothing. The paintbrushes can wait until spring...
What makes you feel good in these midwinter months?