Winter Self-Care Tips
By Megan Morrow
Published February 21, 2019
While a few people love the cold, the outdoor activities and the longer nights that winter brings, many others struggle with mood and energy this time of year. It can be easy to stay inside, ignore calls from friends and virtually hibernate until spring. However, a few self-care rituals can help you celebrate the season and yourself, no matter what the thermometer reads.
Pay attention to what makes you feel good this time of year and do more of that; spend less time on whatever weighs you down. In addition, the following can help you enhance your winter self-care routine:
- Slow down. We often feel sluggish this time of year because we are trying to accomplish the same amount with less energy. Our bodies naturally want to slow down during these darker days – metabolism slows and we require more sleep. Rather than fighting this urge, do your best to follow these seasonal cues by going to bed a little earlier, limiting electronics before bedtime, giving yourself permission to say “no,” and partaking in relaxing and enjoyable activities.
- Moisturize. Colder weather typically means dry, itchy skin. Drink extra water or tea on a regular basis and use a heavier moisturizer for your skin – you will look and feel better. Likewise, a humidifier can reduce dryness in your house or office.
- Get outside. This might be the last thing you want to do when it is cold and gray, but fresh air and vitamin D are terrific for the body, mind and soul. A brisk walk around the block, a round of ice skating or a nature hike can bolster your mood and immunity.
- Manage stress. After the rush of the holidays, January and February are not as commonly stressful, but they can usher in depression, exhaustion or simply frustration with the dark season. What brings you peace and calm? Make room for activities and people that reduce stress, rather than enhancing it.
- Say “thank you.” Gratitude has been shown to spark both physical and psychological health, while increasing empathy, self-esteem and sleep quality. Take five minutes each day to reflect on what you are grateful for – even better, write it down.
As we spend more time indoors – and maybe inward – winter offers a chance for reflection, an opportunity to slow down and ample time for self-care. Treat yourself with the things, people and experiences that make you feel good this season.
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