Mental Health Awareness


Winter Self-Care

January 19, 2024

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If you’re already feeling the overwhelm (ahem, tax season is coming) I’m going to need you to take a moment to re-evaluate. Maybe you need to do a time audit. I have to do this every now and again, just to make sure I’m putting my time to use where I want it to. 

Here are some things to consider-

  • Set reminders for everything you need to get done. (yes, even cleaning the toilet)
  • Create or start using a daily planner. You know I’m obsessed with this one. If you’re not into paper planners, you have a digital one on your phone!
  • Give each task a time limit- Be honest with yourself and ask, how long should this actually take me? Then stick to that.
  • Block out distractions- Turn your phone on Do Not Disturb mode, seriously.
  • Establish a routine- Research has shown that if you have a routine you don’t have to think so hard about the littlest of things, reserving your energy for bigger decisions that need to be made. (Have you noticed more and more people simplifying their wardrobe to a few staple items, and sometimes just wearing the same thing?)

Seriously, winter is supposed to be a time of rest anyway. So don’t be so hard on yourself. Our natural rhythms should match that of nature. Right now everything is dormant and researchers are reporting that humans need more sleep and more deep sleep in the winter than in other seasons. 

In a world that’s all about hustle, winter kindly suggests we hit the brakes. Nature takes a breather, and we can take cues from it. It’s not about being stagnant but recharging our batteries.

Think about those cozy evenings with a good book or simply staring into a crackling fireplace. Those moments of quiet allow us to recharge and kick off the new year with a fresh burst of energy rooted in self-care.

Since winter sets the stage for us to dive deep into taking care of ourselves I want to elaborate a bit more on the need to slow down during these months, throw in some tips on skincare, and discuss a few tweaks our routines might benefit from.

Here are my top tips for you this winter-

  1. Go outside, really. You need vitamin D and natural sunlight is one of the best ways to get it. While you’re at it, go for a walk, even if it’s just for a short breather. Let the crisp air wake you up.
  2. Keep a gratitude journal. Take a moment each day to jot down things you’re grateful for. It could be as simple as the smell of coffee or a chat with a friend. 
  3. Hydrate!!!! People think summer is the time you need to focus on this, winter is just as important. You might not feel as thirsty, but your body still needs hydration. Sip on warm herbal teas, comforting broths, and, of course, lots of water.
  4. Treat yourself every now and again to something that will truly make you feel a sense of joy. Give in to the little pleasures that winter offers. Whether it’s a cozy movie night, a bit of chocolate, or a warm cup of cocoa, just do something to brighten your mood.
  5. Take a bubble bath. Do I need to elaborate?? Seriously, toss in your favorite essential oils, light some candles, and let the warm water wash away the day’s stress.
  6. And like I keep saying…slow down. Winter’s pace is slower. Embrace it. Find joy in quiet moments and give yourself the freedom to move at your own pace.

How to Care for Winter Skin:

I don’t know about you but winter does not play nice with my skin. I get so dry and so I have to switch up my skincare routine a bit to take better care of it. And the closer I get to 40, the more I want to make sure I’m doing all I can to prevent any fine lines and wrinkles.

And dry skin is the worst for making those babies show up! 

The thing is during the winter months, we have so much going against us when it comes to our skin. As if the cold air isn’t enough, running the heaters or fireplaces creates dry heat that takes moisture out of the air, causing our skin to become even more dry and irritated.

Hydration is key during these months. Find a good moisturizer to combat winter dryness. Consider throwing in some hydrating face masks to give your skin the pampering it deserves.

And yes, sunscreen is a year-round thing! Even in winter, those sun rays are playing hide-and-seek. Shield your skin for a healthy glow all through the season.

You can read more here if you’d like about the topic. But I put together a list of some of my fave skin care products in case you’re looking to switch things up. You can find that list here.

As we savor the hushed magic of winter, remember that self-care isn’t a luxury but a necessity. It’s a way to be kind to ourselves, ensuring we can show up for others with a full heart.

So, my friend, let this winter be your time to recharge. Share in the comments– how do you take a breather during these winter months? Any skincare secrets or routine tweaks? 

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