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Winter Self-Care Ideas
Life with N,  Mental Health

Winter Self-Care Ideas – 2021

Winter Self-Care IdeasToday I’m exploring some winter self-care ideas that have been helpful for me.

Winter has arrived, and I struggle every year.

So this year, I’m following these steps to help my mental and physical health throughout the freezing season.

Winter can be very hard. It’s cold, and there is less sunlight. So it’s normal to feel more irritable, sad, and even sleepy.

If you struggle during winter this year, I urge you to create a Winter self-care repertoire.

Make tools that work for you easy to access so that you’re more likely to use them.

Recognize things that work for you and things that help you feel good. And know that taking care of yourself does not make you selfish.

So let’s dive in! Here are 10 things to help combat the negative impact that winter can have on mental health.

10 Winter Self-Care Ideas To Try This Year

1. Explore your favorite scents.

Place candles and essential oils in all the rooms that you spend time in and make sure that they’re easily accessible. Scent can be so comforting and help to improve your mood quickly.

I love candles, so naturally, I have some extra blog posts for you to check out.

Burning Candles As A Form Of Self-Care

Summer Candles

Winter 2021

2. Play relaxing music. Winter Self-Care Ideas

I find this one very helpful. I ask Google to play some relaxing background music, and it helps to keep me calm. I find it soothing, and it takes my mind off of whatever anxiety I am facing.

3. Explore creative self-expression.

Even if you don’t consider yourself a creative person, creative expression is beneficial. So explore coloring, drawing, painting, whatever floats your boat! It is fun and calming at the same time.

4. Incorporate movement into your daily routine.

It doesn’t matter what kind of movement. Just keep your body moving. Try new things or stick with what you know and love. Some of my favorites are:

  • Simple stretching
  • Yoga
  • Weight lifting
  • Barre workouts
  • Going for a walk

5. Maintain a good sleep schedule.

Rest when you need to. It’s not selfish; it’s necessary. I’ve written a few helpful posts about sleep and how it is SO important. I’d love if you checked them out!

Sleep Deprivation

Sleep : What It Is And Why We Need It

6. Maintain hydration. (A winter self-care idea that works!)

Drink a lot of water. It’s so good for you, and you can feel a difference when you’re adequately hydrated compared to when you’re not. Check out this blog post for surprising facts about cucumbers and how they help you stay hydrated!

3 Surprising Facts About Cucumbers

7. Set boundaries.Winter Self-Care Ideas

No means no. Don’t feel like you HAVE to do things. Listen to your body. Listen to your mental health. If something doesn’t feel good to you, then it’s a no.

8. Monitor the content you’re consuming.

Notice how often you read the news or what kind of accounts you’re following. If they don’t make you feel great, then it might e time to click unfollow.

9. Stay connected.

Try your best not to isolate yourself. Instead, talk, or even just get on IG and connect with your people there. Stay connected with people.

10. Start a gratitude journal.

I’ve written about gratitude before, and it’s worth incorporating. Please read the following blog post for information about gratitude and my favorite gratitude journal.

Today I Am Grateful For . . 

Winter is hard. It’s cold and, where I live, it’s dreary A LOT. It’s always cloudy and cold. Day after day. These self-care ideas are ones that I actually am using and find helpful. What do you do during winter for your self-care?

Love Always, Enn

 

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