Finding Joy in the Everyday This Winter

This time last year I was dreading the winter season – imagining days stuck inside (often sick!), with two little children. But fortunately, it wasn’t the case at all. I loved winter (mostly)! Yes, there were definitely more bugs about, and yes, more days indoors - but it was a season that allowed for more rest, rejuvenation, creativity, home comforts, and that came with so much magic too.

You see, winter has a unique way of inviting us to slow down, to find comfort in stillness, and to uncover joy in the little moments. As the days grow shorter and the nights longer, it's the perfect season to turn inward and reconnect with the simple pleasures that often get lost in the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives.

Here are 8 simple ways to find joy in the everyday this winter.

1) Rediscover Warmth in Togetherness

While the cold weather naturally brings us indoors, it creates a perfect setting for gathering and togetherness. Use this time to reconnect with loved ones; perhaps cosy nights chatting around the fireplace, playing board games, or inviting people over for a hearty homemade meal. Host a potluck dinner, call an old friend for a lengthy catch-up, or snuggle with your favourite people for a movie night. When we share in conversation, laughter, and stories, these moments of togetherness remind us of the simple joys in moments shared.

2)  Get Creative

Creativity fuels our souls. As a mindful pursuit, creativity helps us to slow down and recharge. It inspires us, helps us to continue learning, and allows our imagination to flourish. This winter, dust off that neglected hobby or try something new. What are you curious about? Whether it’s writing, photography, playing a musical instrument, painting, knitting, pottery, or cooking - let your creativity flow. Take up a hobby with a friend, or dedicate some solo time to dive into your passion. Engaging in creative activities not only brings joy but also provides a sense of accomplishment and inner peace.

3)  Embrace the Outdoors

Don’t be afraid to bundle up and venture outside, even if just for a short while! Last year, I visited the local beach a few times per week with my children. Rugged up with hats and winter woolies, we spent so much time playing in the sand, running around, and getting in amongst the beauty of nature. Wherever is accessible for you, and whatever is your favourite place in nature - make sure you still find the time to go there over winter. If you are short on time, try making it to a local park in your lunch break, or stop off somewhere on your drive home from work for a ten-minute nature immersion. In the weekends, take a drive somewhere new. Explore local trails, drive to the snow, go forest bathing, see if you can find a hot springs nearby, or experiment with nature photography! Nature has a way of grounding us, of reminding us to appreciate the present moment. You'll return with rosy cheeks and a heart full of wonder.

4) Allow Space for Rest, Reflection and Gratitude
Just as nature doesn't blossom all year round, neither do we as human beings. We need periods of rest and rejuvenation to make life wholesome and allow space to recharge. Winter is a great time to embrace early evenings in bed, immersing yourself in a good book, podcast series, or perhaps starting a new journaling ritual. Spend time re-connecting with yourself; reflect, re-set, and listen to what your heart is trying to tell you. Reflection time increases self-awareness, which in turn helps us to live a life well-lived. 
Think about the year so far—what you are proud of? What have been your highlights? In what ways have you grown? What do you hope to achieve in the coming months? Give thanks for your life and all the wonderful things that have happened this year. If you would like to begin a new journaling ritual, and like the idea of a prompted framework to guide you—browse our range of gratitude, well-being, and mindfulness journals here


Winter allows space for self-reflection, introspection, and looking forwards – use it to your advantage! 

5) Enjoy Cosy Comforts, Snuggles, and Hygge Living

The Danish concept of hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) is all about embracing cosiness and contentment. Create a hygge atmosphere in your home by lighting candles, snuggling under soft blankets, and indulging in comfort foods. Make your space a haven of warmth and tranquillity. Simple acts like listening to soothing music, brewing a warm mug of tea in your favourite mug, or taking a relaxing bath (perhaps with a glass of Pinot Noir in hand!) can add glimmers of joy to an ordinary day. Slip into your cosy slippers and home clothes as soon as you return from work to fully embrace the comfort and peace of hygge living.

6) Find joy in small rituals

What does your morning ritual look like? What about your evening ritual? These are perfect times to ensure you incorporate small elements of simple joys into your life. Wake up a little earlier to savour the morning calm with a cup of your favourite coffee or tea, enjoying the warmth and quiet before the day begins. Engage in a short online movement class or meditation to centre yourself and start the day on a positive note. Dedicate time to a leisurely breakfast, perhaps sharing it with a loved one, or listen to uplifting music that sets a cheerful tone for the day. In the evenings, unwind with a soothing bath filled with Epsom salts and essential oils, or cosy up with a good book. Practice journaling to reflect on your day and express gratitude, which can help cultivate a positive mindset. Enjoy a warm mug of herbal tea and disconnect from screens to prepare for a restful night’s sleep. These small moments of mindfulness and self-care can transform the most ordinary of days.

6) Notice the magic around you 

When we slow down a little, it allows us space to notice, and there is so much magic to be found in just noticing. In winter, the sun is lower in the sky, creating beautiful morning light that streams through windows and provides fairytale-like backdrops. The sky often displays gentler hues, offering a soothing palette of soft colours. Observe the bare trees and the leaves piled up, each telling a story of the season's change. Marvel at the vibrant colours of a winter sunset, painting the horizon with rich, warm tones. Notice the intricate patterns of frost on windows, capturing the essence of winter’s charm. By taking the time to appreciate these simple elements - and using our five senses to observe - we can find a deeper sense of connection to the world around us.

8) Plan for JOY

Finally, it must be said that to bring more joy into your life, you need to plan for it! Take some time to brainstorm a list of activities and experiences that bring you happiness, and schedule these into your coming weeks. Whether it's a cosy movie night, a visit to a local park, or a creative project you've been wanting to try, make sure to carve out time for these joyful moments. You can use a journal like our YOU journal to help with monthly planning, ensuring you're allowing space for self-care, play, and well-being goals. By intentionally planning for joy, you create a life that feels more fulfilling and balanced.


Embrace the beauty and magic in winter, and you might find it becomes one of your favourite seasons too. By slowing down and appreciating the small, simple joys, winter offers a unique opportunity for rest and reflection. Become intentional about creating joy and embracing creativity and quiet moments, and you'll discover that winter can be a time of deep connection and renewed appreciation for the world around you.