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Special Needs Parenting: How to survive the change in seasons

Special Needs Parenting: How to survive the change in seasons

I’m not great with the change of seasons. I love the sunshine.  It lifts my spirits and makes everything much brighter, including my mood.  But no matter what we do, autumn will be here officially before we know it and then the winter and those dark cold nights will set in again.

We all moan about the weather in those long seasons but as the seasons change it is important to remember all the wonderful things that these winter months will bring us.  Bonfires and fireworks, festive fun, woolly jumpers and delicious winter comfort food.

Here are a few ways to try and ease the change of seasons and make it a little easier to bear.

  1. Make the most of the good days.  If an unexpectedly sunny day arrives, don’t waste it. Go for a walk or have lunch or dinner outside. Soak up the vitamin D we lack so much in the UK while you can.  Make some memories in the sunshine so you have something good to look back on when it’s dark and rainy.
  2. Write a bucket list of everything you want to do during the autumn and winter months.  Then spend the coming months ticking them off the list.  Whether it is places you want to visit, people you want to spend time with or things you want to do, this is a great way to plan some things to look forward to.
  3. Use the winter months wisely.  Whether it is to get fit for the summer or to learn a new skill, those dark evenings can be spent in better ways than simply watching TV under a blanket. When the spring arrives, you’ll be glad you did it.
  4. Many people associate smells with seasons so think about what makes you feel good in the winter and light a scented candle to make you feel good.  I like cinnamon scents which are very autumnal and festive so I have my house filled with those kinds of scents in the winter.
  5. Bake or cook some of your favourite recipes. Foods that remind you of happy winter memories are a great way to lift your spirits when you are feeling seasonally sad. I’d bake gingerbread or cook a delicious roast to share with my family.
  6. Book a holiday.  The winter is the best time to book a holiday as it gives you plenty of time to plan and gives you something to look forward to.

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Laura Moore

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Mum to William, the coolest kid in town (who happens to have quadraplegic cerebral palsy). Campaigner, blogger, baker and general fixer.

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