Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) can really get us down in the winter. Cold, dark, gloomy weather can leave us feeling a little down in the dumps. Why not try one of these activities for a precious opportunity to catch up with friends and catch some rays.
Visit a sunshine lounge
There are places up and down the country that offer light therapy treatments. Our favourite is The Sunshine Lounge here in London, back for another year. Housed in a giant igloo behind Paddington Station, this place is a cosy light loving spot perfect for grabbing some lunch or enjoying a hot cup of herbal tea to help beat the winter blues.
See some outdoor art
A great excuse to get outdoors on a sunny crisp Winter’s day with friends. Our favourites include Jupiter Artland in Edinburgh, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the Barbara Hepworth museum and sculpture garden in St Ives Cornwall. Wrap up warm and take in a bit of culture. (At the very least the pics will look good on the gram) Check out the ArtFund website for events across the UK.
Take an outdoor swim
This may seem completely mad but outdoor and wild swimming is on the up in the UK. Reported health benefits include: a supercharged metabolism, improved fitness and a boosted immune system. Check out the Outdoor Swimming Society website for events across the UK. With swims happening in lidos, park lakes and seaside locations there are lots of options. Just remember to have some hot chocolate on stand by for afterwards.
Play shuffle board
Timeout magazine described Shuffleboard brilliantly: “Like a mash up between ten-pin bowling and curling, only with better shoes.” A chance to wrap up warm and socialise with friends. Back in the day it was an old school game played on the decks of transatlantic cruise liners; nowadays cool groups like The London Shuffle Club are opening hipster locations. You can even enjoy pizza and cocktails whilst you get those precious rays. SOLD!