The Winter weather is well and truly here, I have definitely be feeling the cold in the past few weeks. So it means a shift in my self care practises, as to what my body and mind need during the Winter months.
Self care is really important. The concept gets thrown around a lot, but at the core taking care of yourself should be a thought you have everyday. You cannot do anything if you are not healthy in every sense. Your health and wellbeing should be a priority for you. When I was diagnose with Fibromyalgia, I had to learn the best self care activities that would help me to take care of my body. During the Winter I tend to experience more pain and fatigue so switching up my self care routine is a must.
Let’s dive into 12 self care activities that I am going to be doing this Winter.
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1. Enjoy more hot drinks
I tend to drink more hot drinks during the Winter as it works quickly to warm me up. The cold weather makes our bodies tense and stiff, with my body even more so. Drinking a hot beverage can help me to instantly unwind and feel more relaxed. My favourite hot drinks are tea and hot chocolates and well Winter gives me a great reason to drink hot chocolates.
2. Soak up any sun
When the sun makes an appearance I am going to do my best to get outside and soak up the vitamin D. Vitamin D is so beneficial for your health and immune system. Nature can be extremely healing and grounding even during the Winter months.
3. Move my body
Moving more can actually help chronic pain. It’s true and as strange as it sounds. During the Winter, there is a lot of rain and so on these days I find it difficult to move, getting cold and wet, which then makes me be in more pain. It can be so tempting to stay warm cosy and stay under my weighted blanket. So, I have been making an effort to move even if it is a small amount everyday. This is a goal that I am going to continue to practise in 2023.
4. Moisturise everywhere
As the weather gets colder my skin becomes dry and chapped. During the Winter I have to moisturise more, I am currently using Soap & Glory body lotion and it is so hydrating and leaves my skin so soft. When I put the lotion on, I also give myself a small massage, this helps the pain in my body.
5. Switch to more hydrating skincare
Like I said previously during the Winter months my skin can get dry and chapped. I like to swap my skincare to products that are more hydrating and moisturising. I also tend to use more face masks to pamper my skin. I can certainly notice a difference when I adapt my skincare to the changing seasons.
6. Bake something
The smell of something baking in the oven can fill the home and gives me a warm cozy feeling. I cannot tell you how many years it has been since I baked something. But, this Winter I want to bake more and learn some recipes. One thing I would love to bake is gingerbread. Baking is a great way to practise following directions and build self esteem. Not only that but the oven will keep you warm whilst it bakes!
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7. Prep for the Christmas holiday
Along with the cold weather, Winter brings the Christmas holidays and amazing family time together. However, holidays brings a lot of things to do….shopping for gifts, decorating, food shopping, food prep, travelling and more. Trying to balance all of these elements can be extremely stressful. It is important that preparations are made to avoid stress. I want out Christmas to be stress-free, so my family and I have been making prep lists. I have nearly finished my Christmas shopping luckily. So that is one stress eliminated for me.
8. A Winter cleaning list
Cleaning can be a productive activity as well as a self care activity. Having a regular cleaning list will help to keep our home/space clean and tidy. When you have a clean and tidy space your mental health improves as well as your self esteem.
I like to have regular declutters and cleans. It makes me feel good when I have decluttered an area and it looks better. I find that when my space especially my desk is clear and clean, I feel less stressed, it is a much more relaxing environment.
9. Watch my favourite Christmas movies
When it is cold outside, I love to get cozy inside. Get under my weighted blanket and watch my favourite Christmas movies with my loved ones. The films not only give me a warm fuzzy feeling, but also get me more into the festive mood.
Some of my favourite Winter and Christmas films are: The Holiday, Jingle All The Way, Love Actually and Home Alone. A Christmas movie night is a great way to spend an evening, relaxing and making time do some things I enjoy.
10. Try daily affirmations
Affirmations are a successful form of behavioural therapy. Practising the repetition of words and belief in those words can create a powerful change. Whether you speak the affirmations out loud or write them in a journal, they boost self esteem and can be a source of motivation. I have tried affirmations before, but I didn’t do them daily, so this Winter I am going to incorporate them into my self care routine. Here are some great self esteem and confidence affirmations or affirmations that will improve your mindset.
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Journaling is something I have done on and off since I was really young. I loved writing in my diary and that continued as I got older. I haven’t been journaling for a little while and I have been meaning to start again, but then life gets in the way. This is something I am changing. I have a huge selection of notebooks and journal supplies to choose from. I am going to start daily journaling and use it as part of my evening routine. When I journal daily it helps me to offload and improve my mental health. I can also use journal prompts to discover more about myself and improve my personal growth.
12. Set goals for the New Year
This time of year is the perfect time to look at the New Year and start exploring what I want to get out of my life in the next year. Self care is also about personal development and growth. I will be taking time to focus on what my goals will be for the first quarter as well as what my focus will be for 2023. It will give me motivation and help me to achieve the goals I want to in the next year.
These are 12 new self care activities that I am going to try this Winter to help take care of my physical and mental health. Self care is something that is super personal and this post is just sharing what I feel will benefit me. You definitely should try different activities to see what makes you feel pampered etc.
What self care activities are you going to practise this Winter? I’d love to hear in the comments.