A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
As the winter chill sets-in and the season ebbs and flows, sweeping us up in the frenzy of holiday preparations and
depositing us into the denouement of January, WoM presents some of the quieter joys that this often-challenging season provides.
Returning to work after time away with family and friends needn’t be so stressful and in this issue we offer some insight into managing a micromanaging boss. We also explore some must-have apps that are designed to support our mental health, essential in today’s culture of office burnout.
In appreciation of all things winter, we look at how the image of the robin became synonymous with this season. And while we are on the theme of animals, there are more serious considerations, specifically on behalf of those with whom we share our lives; are we treating our non-human companions with the compassion they deserve, or do we need to re-examine our understanding of their needs?
So, while these cold months roll on, there is plenty of culture to explore, with some great examples in our winter photography special. Or, perhaps check out some of the exhibitions on in London, including the retrospective of photographer, painter and poet, Dora Maar now showing at Tate Modern.
Lastly, and perhaps most crucially, this issue looks to nourish our minds and bodies, to get the most out of the season and recognise its more unusual gifts. Winter is not just about the cold and the dark, it is a necessary balance, a call to all of us to return to our quieter selves, to recuperate so we may reawaken in the spring with renewed enthusiasm as the year picks up once again. So, from all of us at WoM, we wish you a delightful and restful winter as we welcome in another wonderful New Year.
Editor Emma Kirsopp
WINTER PHOTOGRAPHY – SHOOTING IN THE COLD, PAGE 9
ITS A DOG’S LIFE DOGS IN WINTER DISTRESS, PAGE 22
NOT A HAPPY BUNNY WHY RABBITS ARE THE MOST NEGLECTED UK PETS, PAGE 26
DRY JANUARY GOING FROM COCKTAILS TO MOCKTAILS, PAGE 30
COLD COURTING SOME GREAT IDEAS FOR WINTER DATING, PAGE 33
FEELING BOXED IN? THE BEST HOLIDAY BOXSETS TO GET COSY WITH, PAGE 37
COLD KARMA THE GIFT OF WINTER PRESENT, PAGE 39
ROBINS IN OUR HOOD HOW ROBINS BECAME A SYMBOL OF WINTER, PAGE 55
WINTER SPORTS WINTER ACTIVITIES AND COMPETITIVE SPORTS, PAGE 57
MIND THE APP- 7 MENTAL HEALTH APPS TO TRY, PAGE 67
IN – CREDIBILITY HOW TO DEAL WITH A MICRO MANAGING BOSS, PAGE 72
THE GIVING GIFT GUIDE GIFTS THAT KEEP ON GIVING, PAGE 85
CTRL ALT DEPLETE THE RISE OF OFFICE BURNOUT CULTURE, PAGE 87