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Self-Care Ideas to Survive Winter


Winter is a love-hate season for most of us. Some people crave the excuse to get festive, while others are summer babies through and through. That means the shorter days can take their toll on some people's mental health. That said, a little self-care can go a long way to improving your wellness. This article will explore some self-care ideas to make you feel your best during these cold months.

What is Self-Care?

It's easy to view self-care as skin regimes and bubble baths, albeit they are enjoyable! The depth of self-care spans your entire lifestyle, from how you interact with others, your physical health, how you manage your thoughts and worries, and so many more. In simple terms, self-care is choosing to live your life in a way that promotes your health, happiness, wholeness and inner peace. What's more, self-care will be different for everyone, as it involves making decisions from a place of love and care for oneself.

Winter Self-Care Ideas that'll Help You Thrive

With this in mind, we have created a list of self-care ideas that are perfect for the colder months and will help you feel energised, joyful and happier as we make our way through the end of the year.

Movie Bucket List

When we think of cosy nights, our minds may wander to movie nights with loved ones. So, why not make the most of it and create your very own winter movie bucket list. All the films that make you feel warm and put a smile on your face, including Christmas classics like Elf!

Lean into the Seasonal Spirit

Whether you're an Autumn lover or your Christmas decoration was up on November 1st—lean into the spirit of the season to spark joy in your life. Having something fun and lighthearted to focus on may lift your mood and make this time of year feel a little less lonely. Christmas markets and nights by the fire make a perfect way to catch up with your family or friends!

Bake Some Sweet Treats (and share with family/friends!)

Seasonal baking is a joy for many. Gingerbread, cinnamon and apple scents filling your home throughout winter are sure to put a smile on your face. Try baking some tasty treats this month and maybe even give some to your loved ones!

Stock up on Supplements 

The days are shorter, darker and your immune system may need that boost. Naturally, many people's vitamin D levels fall when there's less sun, something that may affect mental health and immunity. 

Alongside increasing your vitamin D intake, many people also enjoy taking CBD for mental health and general well-being. CBD (cannabidiol) is a hemp-derived compound that has made its way into skincare, supplements, muscle rubs and even edibles like CBD oil gummies. Many people utilise CBD to promote better rest and relaxation in their self-care.

Mindful Meditation

If you're keen to develop a mindfulness practice, or you've fallen off the wagon because it's too cold to leave your bed, try adapting your routine to suit your changing needs. The great thing about meditation is that it can be done anywhere - including your bed! And you don't need to miss out on these healthy habits because winter is approaching. Make your routine work for you, and don't be afraid to make a few changes! Moreover, many people have adopted mindfulness techniques into their day to manage stress and lift their moods.

Stay Warm and Cosy

The temperature may be dropping, but staying warm is good for your well-being. Pull out those blankets, fluffy socks, hot drinks, and a good book. In case your idea of a perfect evening is wholesome and quiet, grab these essentials and get comfortable.

Declutter Your Space

Since you'll naturally spend some more time indoors, use this time wisely. Start small and strategically. Decluttering your home can be a great method to start fresh, clear your mind and do something good for the planet. You may find some old clothes that you'd love to wear again, some gifts to send to charity or pass on to a close friend! If you are decluttering, try to find ways to repurpose, recycle or rehome your items before simply throwing them in the bin.

Easy Exercise

Some people's worst nightmare, no matter what time of year it is—especially in winter. It's cold; even the idea of changing into workout clothes sounds unpleasant. But similarly to meditation, you just have to make it work for you! Exercise is what you make it. A simple 10-minute yoga routine will suffice for some people, while others prefer to do an hour of running. Experts attribute regular exercise to better mental well-being and a core part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Ask for Help

While the seasons changing may be joyful for some, others find it tedious. Especially after the December festivities when the new year is approaching. If you're struggling with this time of year, try reaching out for help. Your friends will want to support you, and even if they don't know how to help, they can support you in finding a professional who can.

Tips for Maintaining a Self-Care Practise

As you can see, self-care is multifaceted and weaves its way into every area of life. What's more, it doesn't have to be "all or nothing"; in fact, self-care is best when done in small, consistent amounts. Even 10 minutes of an activity a day can transform how you view your life and the way you feel. For example, 10 minutes of meditation every day is a small commitment from some potentially significant outcomes. 

Alongside committing to small activities daily, you can maintain your self-care rituals by prioritising them. This may look like planning out what tasks you'll do, putting them on your daily to-do list or even scheduling them in your diary to make them a non-negotiable time in your day. 

We hope this winter self-care was useful and that it's inspired you to take extra care of yourself during this winter season.

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