You'd be forgiven for experiencing a sense of looming dread as Northern Ireland again endures heightened Covid restrictions for the first time since spring.
The first lockdown, back in March, was a shock to the system, but people quickly helped each other out and did their best to curb the spread of the virus.
But with temperatures plummeting and the nights closing in, many of us are feeling more than a little fatigued and fearful of what is to come.
On the plus side, we're now old hands at lockdown and we know what works and what doesn't. So, as a famous Narnian lion once said: "Courage, dear heart."
Lockdown has taught us a myriad of ways to give ourselves a little boost in the coming weeks - and here are just some of the things that will get us through.
1. Order a fancy takeaway
While we gave up our meals out in the first lockdown, it was a welcome return to normality to see our favourite restaurants reopening their doors over the summer - not to mention a respite from the endless cooking and washing up. Many of Northern Ireland's finest restaurants launched delivery services back in the spring and are still doing so, including the wonderful Cathedral Quarter restaurant Coppi, delivering At Home with Coppi meals throughout Northern Ireland.
Noble in Holywood is offering its hugely popular Cook@Home packs, with everything you need to create your own fine dining experience, and Bronagh Duffin at the Bakehouse in Bellaghy is delivering afternoon teas for two throughout the province. Check out the 'Who is delivering? Northern Ireland' Facebook page for details of eateries offering deliveries.
2. Embrace hygge
Even without a pandemic, the best way to make it through the winter is to pile on the tartan blankets, get a few scented candles on the go and enjoy a steaming hot chocolate with a touch of mood lighting.
And there is no shortage of local businesses that can help you create the perfect ambience. For example, award-winning start-up Jasmine & Lily Floral Wreaths has really seen demand soaring during lockdown as people decorated their homes with its delicious handmade faux floral wreaths.
3. Discover the new Scandi craze, friluftsliv
While hygge is all about being content and cosy in your home, you may feel more in tune with the new lifestyle mood, Norway's "friluftsliv" (loosely translated as "free air life") celebrating outdoor activities. Now is the time to get the boots on, blow away the cobwebs and kick a few autumn leaves about.
National Trust properties across Northern Ireland are open to visitors this Halloween as long as they pre-book, including the Forager's Trail at Castle Ward and the traditional orchard at Florence Court, not to mention some of its lesser-known walking spots, such as Lisnabreeny Rath and Minnowburn in Belfast.
4. Discover a podcast
Is your daily walk getting a bit samey? Liven it up with a podcast - there are multitudes of fascinating homegrown podcasts that you can immerse yourself in, many of them free to download.
Humorous offerings include Shane Todd's Tea With Me and Boy Town podcasts and the General Banter podcast, with stand-up comedian Colin Geddis. Meanwhile, the Best of Belfast podcast features weekly hour-long unfiltered conversations with everyone from Oscar-winning directors, Silicon Valley CEOs and Michelin Star chefs to 91-year-old park-runners, while Emer Maguire goes head to head with her mum across the generation gap in her Millennial Versus Mum podcast.
5. Spruce up the garden
Just because the nights are closing in doesn't mean you have to shut yourself away from your garden haven. If you got serious about gardening back in the spring, there's still plenty to be done - now is the time to make leaf mould, sow hardy annual seeds for spring and plant daffodil, allium and tulip bulbs, as well as onion and garlic sets.
And you could still get some use out of the garden if you invest in a fire-pit, or infrared heaters and lighting. Hillmount Garden Centre is currently selling the fire-pit coffee table we never knew we wanted until now.
6. Have a home spa evening
Even though the hairdressers and beauty salons may be closed, you can pick up a few luxury items in your local pharmacy and treat yourself to a home spa, complete with hair masks, face masks, body scrubs and loofahs.
And while your local beauty salon may not be able to offer treatments at the moment, you could still treat yourself: Bliss Skin & Beauty in Banbridge is delivering some tempting Eve Taylor aromatherapy sets for body care, including candles and diffuser oils, that will set you up for the perfect night in.
7. Listen to some feelgood tunes
Whether you're lounging on the sofa or out for a walk, take a break from social media and dip into your music collection. There's been a surge in demand for older hits as nostalgic Spotify users turn to the music of their youth to escape the woes of 2020, with the tracks repeatedly hitting Spotify's UK daily top 200 during lockdown including Toto's Africa, ELO classic Mr Blue Sky, Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles and Fleetwood Mac's Go Your Own Way.
Other songs that returned to the top 200 included Wonderwall and Don't Look Back in Anger by Oasis, Snow Patrol's 2006 hit Chasing Cars and Summer of '69 by Bryan Adams.
8. Invest in a coat
It's often said there's no such thing as bad weather, just unsuitable clothing, so dress to make the most of the great outdoors - even if you only make it as far as the local park. Invest in a cosy weatherproof coat, wrap up in a hat, scarf, gloves and layers of clothing and meet up with a friend for a socially distanced stroll and a warming takeaway latte.
9. Look after yourself
With all the worries we have at the moment, it's almost impossible not to feel anxious, but there are plenty of resources to support your mental and physical health. Veronica Ellis of Mindfulness Connected Learning is offering free early-morning meditations via Zoom, while nutritionist Jane McClenaghan offers advice for staying healthy in her blog at vital-nutrition.co.uk.
Mental health charity AWARE is offering a list of mental health support resources on its website ataware-ni.org/covid-19-support, while freelance writer Stephen Donnan-Dalzell has just launched a new mental health podcast, This Too Shall Pass at anchor.fm/thistooshallpass.
10. Help a local business/trader out
Small businesses are feeling the full force of the coronavirus crisis, but one way of helping owners keep their cashflow issues at bay is to buy vouchers for use when things reopen. Keep tabs on the social media channels run by your favourite restaurants, theatres, hairdressers and beauty salons to find out what they can offer while their doors are closed - they may still be offering food, or product, deliveries, or voucher schemes.
11. Support arts practitioners
The arts have been a key factor in keeping us going through the toughest times, with the likes of actor Ian Beattie delivering a daily poetry reading, or Tiberius Minnows' musician Michael Rafferty performing regular acoustic covers on his Facebook page.
But many artists are struggling, as their venues and gigs have been shut down for months on end.
Until they get out onto the road again, you can support your favourite artists by buying their merchandise, either directly from their own websites, or at bandcamp.com.
Meanwhile, the Lyric Theatre in Belfast is still offering brand-new work from Northern Irish writers via its Listen at the Lyric series and the Ulster Society of Women Artists has just launched its first online version of its spring exhibition, which had to be cancelled earlier this year. Visit uswa.co.uk.
12. Buy comfort books
We've discovered so many amazing authors over lockdown and we could still support our beloved local bookshops from afar as the likes of Little Acorns Bookstore in Londonderry, the Secret Bookshelf in Carrickfergus and No Alibis in Belfast offered delivery and collection services.
Lesley Price, of Bridge Books in Dromore, was overwhelmed by the response after launching a new delivery service during the first lockdown - customers can order books by phone, in-store, or via social media and her supplier will ship any book to the customer.
Lesley recommends Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell, Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty, English Pastoral by James Rebanks and Dear Reader: The Comfort and Joy of Books by Cathy Rentzenbrink.