I often discuss self-care and its importance here on my blog. I engage in self-care often, as I continue my education. I find it especially useful during the winter season, when the weather is cold, dark, and dreary. In today’s blog post, I’ll discuss the self-care rituals I engage in on a regular basis. I also share ones I’ve discovered that may be useful to you, too, during this season.
Let light in
Winter is the prime season for an increase in SAD (or Seasonal Affective Disorder). This is a seasonal depression that results from the changing seasons. A lack of sunlight can attribute to sluggishness and a general moody feeling, also. To compensate for increased darkness in the winter, I light candles throughout the house. I often light a lavender-scented candle in my office while writing and studying.
Take a bath
Drawing a nightly bath is helpful for many reasons. It relieves stress, detoxifies and helps relieve colds/sinus infections. These conditions which often up during the winter season. A soothing bath can include anything from bubbles to a bath bomb.
When most people think of hydration, summer comes to mind. Drinking water and staying hydrated has health benefits all year-round. Consuming enough water throughout the day helps you stay healthy throughout the winter season. I aim for 6 glasses per day to achieve the following health benefits:
- Keep my skin hydrated – I hydrate from the inside-out to keep my skin soft and supple. I supplement my water consumption with skin-loving products like Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drink of H20 Hydrating Boost Moisturizer.
- Boost my immune system – Drinking adequate amounts of water helps fight off winter colds
It’s okay to take a break
It’s easy to get swept up in the bustle of the season. The winter season can bring pressure and expectations. That’s why it’s never a bad idea to take a step back from your to-do lists and projects to rest and rejuvenate.
How do you engage in self-care during the winter season?