It’s definitely feeling like winter over here in LA, for many of you around the country you’ve been battling the winter season for months already! This is my favorite time to stay in and snuggle up with my family, but life still needs to happen. Philosophie babe, Cloe shares some of her favorite simple and easy self-care tips for navigating the long winter season. I’m definitely implementing these tips into my daily routine!
For many of us, winter brings increased stress, dry skin, and a general impulse to count down the days until things get a bit more summery. But since we can’t be wishing away the chilly months every year, we’ve got to find ways to get through the season healthfully and happily.
It’s time, in other words, to implement those winter self-care regimens. Don’t have one quite yet, you say? Then now is as good a time as any to start giving yourself some TLC. Following these self-care tips can help you keep your body, mind, and soul in tip-top shape this cold season.
Carve some time out of each day for pampering
Even if it’s just five minutes, finding some time in your day for some winter pampering will do wonders for your mood and self-image. Winter is notorious for stripping skin of moisture, and the decreased hours we spend soaking up the sun’s glorious rays don’t improve matters either (hello, paleness!).
Using a deep-moisturizing mask or nourishing face oil are great ways to rectify scaly, sullen skin – and who doesn’t love slathering deliciously-scented products on their faces in the evening? Many skincare enthusiasts also recommend dry body brushing in the winter, to exfoliate the skin and to increase circulation.
Get enough shut-eye
In winter, the days become shorter, and our bodies begin to crave a little more rest and relaxation (it’s one of those annoying evolutionary tendencies). To avoid midwinter exhaustion, ensure you’re getting a good 7-9 hours of sleep per night.
Just because it’s not summer anymore doesn’t mean you should let go of your balanced diet. In fact, it’s perhaps even more critical in the winter to eat healthy and mindfully. To ward off all of those unwanted colds and flu, choose hearty, tummy-warming foods such as vegetable stew which will keep you satisfied and energized through lethargic winter days.
Remember to stay hydrated, too – all those cold winds can really whip the moisture out of us! To steel your immune system further, you might also want to supplement your diet with a multivitamin, if you’re not taking one already.
Move your body
Winter tends to bring out the worst in the couch potatoes among us: as soon as the weather drops, we’re in front of the TV refusing to budge. Unfortunately, that’s possibly the worst thing we could do for our bodies and minds in the winter.
Since we need endorphins all year round, we’ve got to keep up our exercise in the colder months. Whether it’s a crisp winter walk or a group yoga class done in the comfort of a studio (or even at home), getting your body moving is vital.
Find the thing that relaxes you
It’s so important to keep sight of the strategies and habits which curb our stress levels in the winter. For you, stress release might mean writing in your journal, or listening to music, or taking a long stroll on the beach – whatever it takes to get your mind off everyday stresses.
Make sure you’re got fun breaks to look forward to
Winter is so much harder to handle when we feel as if we’re staring down weeks and weeks of being cold and working too hard. To make it more bearable, make sure to plan in some “pit-stops” along the way.
Every once in a while, schedule into your calendar something you can really look forward to – like, for example, a skiing trip or an island vacation with friends or family. Those grey weeks will go by so much faster when you know that good times are coming.
Cloe dwells in the charming South Island city of Dunedin, New Zealand. She enjoys penning articles for various sites and blogs and especially loves working with career sites such as Working in NZ. After long days in front of her computer, she always looks forward to spending time walking by the beach and watching sunsets. Check out more of Cloe’s work on Tumblr.
What are your some of your favorite self-care tips in winter? Share yours with me in the comments below!