NOT YOUR FAVOURITE SEASON? WELL, THERE’S ACTUALLY A LOT TO SMILE ABOUT. THINK EMPTY BEACHES, SELF-CARE, RELAXATION, FOOD AND OF COURSE, SWELL
Can you believe we are just a few weeks from the winter solstice (the year’s shortest day)? How did that come around so quickly?
Maybe you’re becoming frustrated by the shorter days and the frosty dark mornings that chain you to your bed, holding you back from that morning gym class – yes, we know it’s not your fault.
However, as gloomy as winter sometimes may feel, there’s a lot of positive things to come out of the season (and it’s not just because it’s socially acceptable to wear Ugg Boots in public again).
Because of the chillier nights, our bodies can make the most of the prime sleeping conditions. A study by the National Foundation of Sleep found the ideal bedroom temperature to help the body get its most restful sleep is about 15 to 20 degrees.
Plus the beaches become way less crowded and splurging on a pair of matching pyjamas for every member of the family, in our humble opinion, is totally OK.
So, with all these great benefits, the Weekend Magazine thought we’d share some life hacks to help you make the most out of winter.
For all the nine-to-five workers in the region you may be suffering “cabin-fever” because of a lack of sunshine. Spending your whole day indoors to then drive home as the sun sets can be a bit depressing.
So, why not start organising an outdoor lunch break? Sit outside your office, find a park near your workplace or if you’re someone who gets a whole hour for lunch, why not take your food to your nearest beach and eat while sitting in the sun.
We’re lucky enough on the Sunshine Coast that our winter days (which on average sit about 21C ), still offer prime weather to get out in the great outdoors. Just 30 minutes of sun a day can improve your vitamin D levels, improve your energy levels and decrease your levels of melatonin – the hormone we make more of in winter that causes us to feel sleepy.
For all the early morning gym goers, perhaps you could use this season as an opportunity to shake up your routine. At group training franchises, early morning classes can quickly book out or become overcrowded, so why not escape the masses and take on the night classes? If it’s dark on your way home from work anyway, what have you got to lose?
Currently on the Coast, the sun is rising about 6am. This gives most workers at least two to three hours before they start work to get out and about. Use this time to do something more relaxing like walking the dog, some backyard yoga or a morning surf. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of time for the sweat sesh later.
Hands down the best thing about the colder months on the Sunshine Coast is the winter swell. There’s less surfers, more waves and better rides.
Favourable winds usually sweeping in from the west cause for a clean offshore break that gives riders those glassy, long waves. As long as you’ve got a wetsuit to suit, the water temperature this far north isn’t too punishing – just don’t tell anyone else that. After your surf sesh, warm up with a bacon and egg roll and a coffee from a nearby cafe. What a perfect start to the day.
While most Sunshine Coast houses won’t feature grand fireplaces in the living room, we do have houses designed to catch the sun’s light.
So even without a fireplace it’s easy to retreat into a warm corner and settle in with your favourite book.
Find a large glass sliding door or windowsill and cosy up on the carpet.
Let the winter sun wash over you while you escape inside the pages. Just glorious.
Speaking of fireplaces, we lied. There is a place on the Sunshine Coast that actually does have a lot of them – the hinterland.
What a wonderful time of year to book yourself a cabin with your partner, friends or family and have a weekend nestled away in the woods.
There’s a heap of wholesome accommodation options to choose from including farm stays, bed and breakfasts, Airbnbs and old-style hotels.
Check out the hinterland culture, one of its many galleries or surrounding agriculture businesses like Brouhaha Brewery, Maleny Dairy or the Big Pineapple.
Then once night falls, it’s time to pull out the red wine, slice the cheese and settle in for a night of charades or late-night movies. Hmm, that doesn’t sound so gloomy does it?
Tip: If you’re keen to venture out of the Sunshine Coast, why not check out the
The region is just under a three-hour drive from the Coast and boasts six different nature reserves. Guests can explore rainforests, waterfalls or climb up to look-outs showcasing exquisite views more than 1100m above sea level.
Be sure to bring your binoculars because the surrounding parks are home to more than 215 species of bird.
SEASONAL ACTIVITIES: There's no need to let the winter blues get you down with these seasonal pick-me-ups.