Editor's Letter: "How I Went from HATING Delhi Winter to Really Liking It"

Use this mind trick to feel better about (almost) anything!

Confession: I've always kinda hated months November to January. I know, I know, that sounds rather melodramatic, but just hear me out. I don't know when or how or why it happened, but for as long as I can remember, I've greeted the change from summer to winter with a feeling that can be best described as 'a sinking heart'. Each year, as winter approaches, I find myself becoming anxious and cranky, dreading the cold and sun-less evenings, the inability to look good in a dress without catching pneumonia, and cold, wet sleeves that come with doing something basic like washing your hands. Recently, I discussed this with my best friend, and mournfully told her how I couldn't WAIT for February to arrive. She was puzzled. 'But I LOVE winter!' she enthused. 'I associate it with fabulous parties and festivities and barbecues and hot chocolate, and just thinking about all those things makes me happy!'

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

Later, back home, I thought about what she had said. And I decided to embark on a little experiment. Over the next few days, whenever I felt heavy-hearted seeing woollen scarves or browned leaves or sniffing that 'winter smell' (you know what I mean), I reminded myself of all the wonderful things that were on their way—Christmas trees, Santa Claus, sunny brunches with mulled wine, and a New Year's vacation with friends. As the evenings became nippy, I thought about my recently purchased 'coat wardrobe'. And when my mind worried about frozen hands and winter flus and food that needs to be re (re) heated, I ordered it to think about movies in bed and how lovely it was that velvet is a big trend this season. And then something strange happened—I actually felt 'anticipation excitement'! After years of hating winter, I was actually looking forward to it. I learned an important lesson here—perception can totally change your life. When you approach something with negativity, you're not even giving yourself a chance to enjoy or experience it properly. But force yourself to think about the positives, and you may be pleasantly surprised.

Cosmo Editor Nandini Bhalla has too many obsessions for own good (mostly involving clothes, shoes, and bags). Follow her on Instagram: @nandinibhalla

What do you think?

Life
Share
5 Quick and Easy Tips to Lose Back Fat
We've all faced the stubborn 'bra-overhang'...
Life
Share
6 Insanely Awesome F.R.I.E.N.D.S Mashups You Need to Watch RN!
Bye-bye, mid-week blues.
Life
Share
This Multitasking Mom Found a Way to Breastfeed DURING Workouts
She's feeding her way to fitness 🙌
Life
Share
The ONE Exercise You Need to do to Get That Bikini Body
According to Blake Lively's fitness trainer Don Saladino...
Life
Share
10 Divorce Lawyers Reveal the Most Insane Secrets Couples Have Hidden from One Another
"For a while, she concealed that she'd accidentally burned down their kitchen."
Life
Share
The One Easy Hack That'll Help You Lose More Weight Than Cardio
And you don't even need to move!
Life
Share
Twinkle Khanna Speaks About Workplace Sexual Harassment
Safe to say that Mrs. Funnybones did not find it funny AT ALL
Life
Share
5 Easy-Peasy Workouts You Can Do WITHOUT Getting Out of the Bed
Thank us later!
Life
Share
5 Easy Ways to Get Rid of That Spare Tyre Around Your Waist
Know more ways to beat the bloat and get a toned waist.
Life
Share
A Cosmo Girl's Guide To Doing Dubai Shopping Festival Right
#ShoppingIsMyCardio