Self-Care for Winter
The winter months can be a tough time when it comes to our physical and mental health. I often hear from my clients that they dread the change to colder weather as they struggle with anxiety surrounding the holidays, experience a lack of motivation to carry out their regular routines, or struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder (also known as SAD).
So to all of my blog readers, if you consider yourself to be one of those people who struggle in these winter months, I am going to invite you to think about winter a little differently this year by doing the following:
Celebrate something cool that you can only do in the winter
Get outside and try a new winter activity
Share a fun winter experience with your loved ones
When we shift our mindset to consciously expressing gratitude for new experiences, we create a space for positivity and self-love. You and your body deserve to feel this love all throughout the year, even when it can feel like a struggle. Outlined below are a few ways that you can practice self-care during these crazy winter months:
Invest in some cozy socks and wear them when you start to feel chilled.
Drink your favourite warm drink (tea, hot chocolate, coffee).
Take a warm bubble bath or hot shower.
Make the time to do an indoor or outdoor workout.
Eat a balanced diet (I know that this can be tough around the holidays but excess sugar and alcohol don't make our bodies feel good in the long run).
Make sure you are getting enough sleep! Keeping in mind that if you are struggling with your mental health you actually need some extra ZZZ's.
Create boundaries with your loved ones and acquaintances. We often commit to extra social activities during the holidays or make commitments that can feel draining, make the shift to taking care of YOU this winter by only taking on what feels manageable for you.
Listen to your favourite playlist.
Get outside and try a new winter activity by yourself or with your loved ones!
The winter months can be an amazing time to experience the beauty of new experiences SO get outside and have some fun while doing it!