Winter is a restful and reflective time of year. It’s perfect for taking things a little slower and really looking at what your mind, body, and soul needs. And self care isn’t just about taking care of your body. It’s also about nourishing your emotional, mental, and psychological health.
Here are 7 tips to leave you feeling refreshed and uplifted in the colder months:
1) Get An Early Night
Winter can definitely make you more tired. As the days get shorter, our bodies produce more melatonin earlier which makes us sleepier. If you tend to go to go to sleep late, try getting to bed an hour earlier than you normally would. This will help balance your body’s sleep cycle and overall sense of wellbeing.
2) Dry Body Brushing
Cold winter weather can make your skin dry. Dry brushing exfoliates dead skin cells, increases circulation, and detoxes the lymphatic system. Do this every day before you bathe and see how much more refreshed you feel.
3) Go For A Gratitude Walk Every Day
When it comes to well-being, walking has countless benefits. Walking is a great form of low-impact exercise and it helps to reduce stress and improve your mood. It also gives your cells extra oxygen for improved regeneration. Bundle up in your coziest clothes and get out for a walk. While you’re at it, think about what you’re most grateful for.
4) Be Bold
Sometimes changing up your routine is just what you need on a dreary winter morning! Add more color to your outfit, or try styling your hair in a different way. Find some small way to change things up, and see if it makes a difference in how you feel.
5) Drink Water
Drinking enough water each day has amazing benefits for your energy, skin, digestive system, sleep, and concentration. So don’t forget to drink water when you first wake up, and then regularly throughout your day. In winter time, it’s especially important to keep your brain and body hydrated when the air is extremely dry. Remember that your body is mostly water!
6) Schedule Time For Rest
With all the holiday parties and events, it can be easy to pack your schedule with event after event in December. While having fun things planned is great for self care, having time to do absolutely nothing is just as necessary. Resting and recovering helps you replenish your energy, relax, and reflect.
7) Nourish Yourself
Colder weather can take a toll on your energy and immune system. Choose warming foods with lots of colorful veggies and add in a few extra spices to help warm you up. You are what you eat, so remember that good nutrition is key.