We are now fully into autumn and although I’m trying to enjoy it as it is my favourite time of year, it definitely comes with it’s struggles. As the evenings get darker and I work the classic 9 to 5 job (I actually start at 8:30 to be exact) I’m only ever home when its dark and when the suns actually out I’m shut away in an office. Any blogger or photographer will know how hard this is to produce content when you’re so restricted to natural light. Now may be a good time to invest in some lighting but for now I’ve come up with a routine that seems to be working for me.
Just before I go to work I manage to capture enough light in my room, this does mean waking up half an hour earlier than usual which I’ve been happy to sacfrice to stay on top of my blog. I usually wake up just after 7, I get ready for work and set up my area. At about half 7 the light starts coming through, theres no bright sun which is great because you don’t want shadows. So I have about half an hour to take some photos which is long enough for me if I’ve prepared what products and props I’m using. I adjust the lighting so it’s nice and bright but not over exposed , I don’t really have set settings as it always changes but I always use manual. The camera I use is the Canon 700d, I do recommend a DSLR for all photography but I know many bloggers that use their iPhones or more compact cameras like the Panasonic CSC Camera which work just as well. Lighting is the most important thing for your content, you don’t want images to be over exposed but they need to be bright and not grainy.
Aside from autumn and winter affecting my blog it also can affect my mood, this is extremely common and most people refer to it as the winter blues but I’ve recently discovered the proper term for it is SAD (Seasonal affective disorder). Even though a/w is a lot of peoples favourite time of year I can completely understand why so many people suffer with SAD around this time. The days are getting shorter and people are loosing motivation to complete day to day chores. I’m sure no one looks forward to getting out of a nice cosy bed and going to work in icy dark weather.
Currently I’m not doing so bad, I’ve still got motivation and I’m trying to spend my time out of work as wisely as I can. Going for walks is a great way of getting out of the house and I always feel motivated and good about myself after. If you work full time you can go outside on your lunch break or sitting by a window helps a lot, my office is tiny but luckily it has a large window that lets in a lot of light so I don’t feel quite so shut off from the world.
I don’t think anyone likes to exercise in winter, why would you go for a run when you can curl up on the sofa and watch a film? If you do then hands up to you for being so motivated. Myself and my sister have cracked down on an exercise routine that fits around our work lives and is good when its dark in the evenings. We only do two sessions a week, one being a class at the gym and the other an hour doing home workouts. I really recommend Lucy‘s youtube channel, if anyone is looking for a quick and easy way to incorporate exercise into their lives that costs nothing. Exercising can really help winter blues, personally it makes me feel much better about myself, more motivated and I don’t quite feel as bad when Christmas roles around and I dive into all the chocolate and pigs in blankets.
I’d love to know what others do to try and combat the winter blues this time of year.
*This post is sponsored but all opinions are my own