As the Antipodean winter well and truly begins to bite, everything can seem that little bit harder and less fun.

You know this time of year only too well and you don’t particularly like it. Skipping out of bed for a 6am beach training session at 9 degrees becomes a very different proposition to when it’s a balmy 16 degrees. The work-year seems to finally be kicking in with a vengeance, keeping you back at the office until some ungodly hour (like 5.30pm). Masterchef is back on TV. Yep, winter is here, alright.

So here are some of the key things I’m doing to keep my body and mind on track and avoid a descent into seasonal negative nelly-dom.

1. Practise gratitude

This is a great habit to develop and comes more naturally to some than others; some lucky souls do it without thinking whilst others have to work a little harder at it.

In today’s society, with so much information coming at us constantly through so many mediums, it’s easy to get caught up in what you don’t have but should, what you should’ve done but haven’t, and what you should’ve got