5 things to do in winter for your self-care

5 things to do in winter for your self-care

Are you one of the many people who struggles with the dark, cold days of winter?

Self-care is important for surviving winter because the colder months can have a significant impact on both our physical and mental wellbeing. In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of self-care for winter survival and learn 5 simple things to do in winter to improve our overall wellbeing.

The benefits of winter self-care

Here are a few reasons why self-care is crucial for winter survival:

  • Boosts your immune system: Taking care of yourself means maintaining a healthy immune system. This includes getting enough sleep, eating nutritious foods, staying active and managing stress levels. A strong immune system can help protect you from common winter illnesses like colds and the flu.
  • Supports mental wellbeing: Winter can bring shorter days and less sunlight, which can contribute to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or the winter blues. Engaging in self-care activities – such as practising mindfulness, spending time outside during daylight hours, socialising and engaging in hobbies – can help improve your mood and overall mental wellbeing.
  • Wards off winter-related health issues: Harsh weather conditions can lead to various health problems like dry skin, chapped lips and respiratory issues. Implementing a self-care routine that includes moisturising your skin, using lip balm, staying hydrated and avoiding prolonged exposure to cold temperatures can help prevent such problems.
  • Promotes overall wellbeing: Self-care is an essential component of maintaining a healthy lifestyle year-round, including during winter. Engaging in activities that bring you joy, relaxation and fulfilment, such as reading, practising yoga, taking warm baths or trying new hobbies, can help combat stress, improve energy levels and increase overall happiness.

Remember: self-care is not a luxury but a necessity. Prioritising your wellbeing during winter can help you stay healthy, resilient and better prepared to navigate the challenges of the season.

5 important things to do in winter

These are my 5 favourite self-care activities to help you thrive in winter:

1. Give yourself a hygge!

Hygge is the Danish concept of creating warmth, cosiness and comfort in everyday life. During winter, focus on creating a hygge atmosphere at home by lighting candles, using soft blankets and enjoying warm drinks like hot chocolate or herbal teas. Surrounding yourself with comfort and practising presence can contribute to your overall wellbeing.

5 things to do in winter for your self-care

2. Shine a light

With shorter daylight hours during winter, light therapy can help combat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and boost your mood. Consider using a light therapy box or lamp that simulates natural sunlight. Sit next to it for 20-30 minutes each day to receive the benefits of artificial light and improve your energy levels and overall mood.

I recently bought the Lumie Halo lamp which is like having the sunshine at my desk when it’s grey outside. Light therapy is also one of the recommendations on our Sleep is Magic course at SPACE to improve the balance of melatonin and serotonin in the body.

3. Stretch it out

Incorporating yoga into your routine can promote better sleep and overall relaxation. Before going to bed, try practising gentle yoga poses that focus on stretching, deep breathing and mindfulness. This can help release tension in your body and calm your mind, allowing for a more restful and rejuvenating sleep during the winter nights.

Winter is a great time to join a yoga class, especially in our cosy yoga studio where we offer a whole range of daily classes and gorgeous special events for those dark, cold evenings when everyone wants to stay indoors.

4. Improve your sleep

Winter is a good time to improve sleep quality and overall wellbeing through a combination of yoga and relaxation techniques. When it’s so dark and cold outside, it’s a great time to visit the tranquil SPACE yoga studio to join one of our Sleep is Magic courses.

Each session focuses on different aspects of sleep, addressing common sleep-related issues, and offers valuable insights into sleep hygiene, neurobiology of sleep and lifestyle adjustments that can contribute to improved sleep patterns.

Sleep is Magic Course at SPACE Yoga Studio

5. Pamper yourself

Winter can be harsh on your skin, so taking care of yourself is important. Treat yourself to warm bubble baths, use nourishing body oils or lotions and indulge in a weekly face mask or hair treatment at home. Prioritise self-care by carving out dedicated time for pampering yourself. This can help you relax, rejuvenate and combat any winter blues you may be experiencing.

Keep warm and rest well

Self-care activities can be customised according to your preferences and needs. Why not adapt these suggestions to best suit your personal wellbeing goals and enjoy a cosy and fulfilling winter season!

I love the concept of thriving in winter rather than purely winter survival. Winter is the time to hibernate and rest, so take it easy, keep warm and relax.

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