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Oh, how I love fall! Even though I’m excited about Christmas and the New Year, I honestly don’t look forward to winter. At all. Snow is pretty and all, but I can do without the cold weather – ick!
So whenever winter’s right around the corner each year, I do a few things to prep myself – in both mind and body – for that icky winter weather. Well, I actually do these things all through winter.
As you probably know, winter can be challenging for us physically and mentally. The cold can damage our skin, some of us suffer from depression at this time of the year, some of us gain a little extra weight around the holidays, plus a bunch of other things that add up to a rough time for a lot of people.
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1.) Take care of your skin
My skin tends to be more on the dry side, and winter doesn’t help that at all. The dry, cold winter air can really give your skin a beating, so you’ve got to be sure to take extra good care of it during this time of year. Here are just some ways that you can take care of your skin:
- Be sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
- Use a good facial moisturizer + body lotion regularly.
- Use a good face mask once a week.
- Try to take short, lukewarm showers + use a good soap or body wash.
2.) Don’t forget about your physical health
During the winter months, it’s especially hard to focus on your health and motivate yourself to work out and eat healthily. I normally go jogging when I wake up in the morning, but it’s super easy to slack off during this time of year. First of all, winters are so cold in Indiana that I never want to go outside unless I have to! Secondly, it’s still dark outside when I wake up and it gets dark really early in the evenings too.
Even though you don’t want to, you need to make sure that you’re still taking care of yourself physically during winter! If you really don’t want to go outside to do your workout or go to the gym, there are tons of indoor at-home workouts that you can find online to make sure you’re still being active.
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3.) Make sure you sleep well
A lot of people’s sleep gets sort of wonky during winter. I’m one of these people! Some reasons for this are that the air in your house is too cold and/or too dry, the sun isn’t out yet when you wake up, you aren’t getting enough exercise (see #2!), you’re eating a lot of heavy winter meals – among other reasons. There are a few things that you can do to improve your sleep, though:
- Make sure that you have heat in your room – but don’t make it too hot!
- Drink some hot (non-caffeinated) tea before you go to bed.
- Wear warm pajamas, use enough blankets, and/or use a heated blanket for extra warmth.
- Keep a humidifier or essential oil diffuser in your bedroom – a humidifier to combat dry air or a diffuser to help soothe you and calm you before/as you sleep.
4.) Tell yourself it’s okay to slow down
Like I said before, winter makes most of us feel like we just don’t want to do anything. So tell yourself that it’s okay to slow down a little bit. Use the icky weather as an excuse for yourself to take more time to relax and take a break from doing some of the things you normally do the rest of the year.
Pick a weekend (or two) each month to do some relaxing activities. Take out your journal and work on reconnecting with yourself, pick out some good books and catch up on your reading, have a movie marathon, or do one of your favorite calming hobbies.
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5.) Keep up with your vitamin D intake
In the summer, spring, and fall months, we usually get all of the vitamin D that we need from the sun. In the winter months though, most of us don’t get enough because we aren’t outside very much. Vitamin D is linked to good health, high energy levels, and it helps us fight off depression and illness. So it’s super important that we make sure that we’re getting enough!
You should both take a vitamin D supplement and try to spend time outside every once in a while, even if you don’t necessarily like the cold. Spending time outside is important not only for your vitamin D intake but also because getting fresh air and sunlight is good for your mental health. So don’t stay cooped up inside too much. Try to take a walk at least a few times a week, if not every day!
Do you do anything specific to practice self-care during winter?