Some people love winter and the festivities it brings, but for others it can feel long, drawn out and isolating. Practicing self-care is essential all year round but pressures and tensions are high around Christmas, so it’s important to take good care of yourself.
Some of these tips are bigger acts of self-care than others, but they’re all valuable and will brighten up those darker days.
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Get Your Comfy On
Invest in some new fluffy pjs or slippers. Primark have some gorgeous sets which are perfect for lounging around on the sofa and watching a good film.
Find Yourself a Winter Hobby
All the cold and rain usually means we spend a little more time indoors during the winter months – so you might as well make the most of it! Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Read a new book
- Colouring in – adult colouring books are surprisingly fun!
- Arts and Crafts
- Baking winter treats – Pinterest has endless recipes for Christmas cookies etc!
Enjoy the Outdoors
Going outside in winter is often one of the last things you want to do. I’m a serial complainer when it comes to going out in the cold. HOWEVER, I know that fresh air is good for your body and for your mind, so wrap up warm and enjoy the outdoors as much as you can. Winter walks are also a great way to work off those extra few mince pies!
If you’re struggling to get motivated, invite a friend along and let your conversation distract you from the cold.
My favourite winter scent is “Red Apple Wreath” by Yankee Candle – it makes me feel really cozy and Christmassy! As well as smelling amazing, candles create a lovely ambience in the home and adds a bit of extra warmth (albeit a little bit!)
Look after your Skin
Skincare is, of course, important all year round but the harsher weather can really take its toll. I don’t know about you, but the cold weather completely dries my skin out. My skin is generally quite dry, especially around my nose but it’s at its very worst in winter.
I’ve been trying out a new moisturiser/face cream recently which was kindly gifted to me by Eyewake and it’s genuinely done wonders for my skin in terms of keeping it hydrated. As well as being a really effective product – all of the Eyewake range is vegan, cruelty free AND they make a donation to Women’s Aid for every purchase.
Eat Well and Stay Hydrated
All the sweet treats come out around Christmas. By all means indulge and treat yourself but make sure that you eat plenty of fresh vegetables and drink lots of water too. Healthy eating and hydration will keep your immune system stay as strong as it can be, which brings me to….
Stock Up Your Medicine Cabinet
This isn’t the most exciting self-care tip by a long shot but it’s SUPER important. Nasty colds and flu spread like wildfire in the winter months and you’ll be so glad to have a full cabinet if you do end up getting sick.
Take Some Time Out
Winter can be the season of socialising with Christmas parties, family parties and get togethers all around. By all means make the most of it, but make sure to take some time out to re-charge your batteries. Don’t feel pressurised to be on the go all the time. Stay in with a big mug of tea and have a Netflix binge – your body will thank you for it!
If the thought of Christmas is making you uneasy – why not have a read of my Christmas-specific self-care tips:
What are your best winter self-care tips? I’d love to hear them in the comments section below!