Getting the winter blues? Check out these tried-and-true self-care tips to help you make it through winter happy and healthy.
We can learn a lot from plants about how to approach self-care during winter. Plants tend to die off or go dormant for the season before reappearing in the spring.
I think of themes like rest, low energy, reflection, strengthening. I instinctively reach for warming, strengthening herbs and spices like cinnamon, ginger, and ashwagandha.
Winter provides ample opportunities for using plants to heal, provide nourishment, and provide immune support. Use this season to strengthen your self-care routine. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Drink a Lot of Water
The dry winter air is dehydrating and can make your skin dry and flaky. Water hydrates both the inside and outside of your body, so drink it up!
Eat Nutritious Foods
Eat a lot of water-rich fruits and vegetables for hydration and immune-supporting vitamin C. Be sure to check out my collection of recipes if you need them.
Protect Your Skin
Apply a rich, nourishing cream or balm at bedtime for overnight hydration. This avocado serum is very protective.
Avoid Over Exfoliation
Avoid using harsh scrubs, which may irritate the skin in the winter months. Gentle exfoliation is key. If you want something mild, try this DIY Oatmeal Face Mask.
Get Enough Sleep
If you haven't established a solid bedtime routine to wind down, now is a great time to create one. Prioritize rest during this season.
Hygge Your Home
Hygge, the Danish word for coziness and comfort, is all about feeling warm and happy in your home. Stock up on comfort items (think warm blankets and slippers) and warm drinks.
And don't feel like you have to keep this practice in your bedroom or living room, be sure to hygee your bathroom, too!
Wash your hands frequently to avoid catching and spreading illnesses.
Create Natural Products
Finally, here are some of my tried and true self-care recipes for winter:
- Try my homemade vapor rub with only TWO ingredients for congestion
- A reader favorite, my Winter Wisdom Eddential Oil Blend
- Natural Remedies for Cold and Flu Season
And if you're still struggling this winter and need more support, checkout these articles:
- Is it the winter blues or something more?
- Get your nature on when it's freezing outside with these winter nature rituals
- 3 mood boosters for seasonal depression
What are your favorite remedies and herbs to use during the winter?