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Winter is such an interesting time of the year. After giving thanks in November, we’re flanked on all sides with endless marketing and advertising, persuading us to spend our hard-earned money and time on things we likely don’t need or didn’t even think of buying.
It’s my favorite time of the year, but I consciously choose to steer clear of the madness that comes with the season as best as I can by prioritizing self-care and the things that matter the most. In my case, that’s friends, loved ones, experiences, and moments rather than things and stuff.
Here are 27 self-care ideas for winter to get you through the cold months and inspire you to do the things that matter to you most.
27 Winter-Inspired Self-Care Ideas To Get You Through The Cold Months
Do Some Holiday Baking
Baking during the holidays is actually one of my favorite past-times. It makes your home or apartment smell warm and really gets you in the Christmas spirit. I love making eggnog cheesecake and I swear by this classic pumpkin bread recipe… it’s old so you know it’s a good one.
Take A Warm Bath
If you have this option, you should totally take advantage of it. Baths are luxurious, indulgent, and soothing and cleansing for the body and soul. Here’s an easy how-to for drawing the perfect bath.
Go On A Day Trip or Weekend Getaway
Probably my favorite thing to do any time of the year, but especially during the winter. I live in the Sacramento valley where snow is uncommon, so day or weekend trips up to the Sierra Mountains are a must for me. There’s something about taking in the scenery of pure snow, so white that it’s almost blue.
Stuck in a wintry region? Consider a weekend getaway or micro vacay to get some sunshine.
Have a Holiday Movie Marathon
Binge-watching holiday movies is a totally acceptable form of self-care during the winter. Some of my favorites include Home Alone 1 and 2 (3’s not bad, 4’s not worth mentioning) and Love Actually. Harry Potter isn’t exactly Christmas-themed, but it always fits the bill this time of year as far as I’m concerned.
Drink Plenty of Water
This tip is included on a few of my list posts already like my morning self-care post and this recent post about not overindulging during the holidays. That’s because drinking water is that important though, especially during the winter. We tend to drink less water (and more eggnog and holiday cocktails) when the temps drop.
You can stay hydrated by keeping a (preferably reusable) water bottle nearby. I got this one on Amazon and fill it twice a day. Try water that’s room temperature or warm if that helps. The following tip is helpful too.
Drink a Soothing or Calming Tea
I’m one of those who enjoys a cup of cream with sugar and some Lipton. I’ve been drinking more herbal or soothing teas lately with just a touch of honey and am so glad I’ve finally reached adulthood. Tea is great.
Bundle Up & Stay Warm
There’s nothing more comforting than wrapping yourself in a big, soft blanket and cozying up in front of a fireplace or heater. Winter’s a good time to whip out the weighted blanket and just be.
Get Enough Rest
Winter season is also cold and flu season. Germs are rampant and you’re likely to catch a cold or two yourself. Keep your immune system strong by staying on top of your zzz’s. Should you get sick, getting enough rest helps you heal faster and can shorten your cold or flu.
Go to Bed and Wake Up Earlier
Daylight Savings throws a lot of us off during the winter, especially when the solstice starts approaching in December. It’s pitch black outside and you look at the time thinking it’s super late. Nah, it’s 5:37pm.
Follow the rhythm of nature and consider going to bed earlier to wake up more refreshed. If you’re not used to getting 6-8 hours of sleep, strive for that during the winter to wake up feeling better.
Journaling is a great way to stay mindful, be more productive, feel happier and more fulfilled. Try journaling every day for one month and reflect on how you feel afterward. I’ve been eyeing The 6-Minute Diary and can’t wait to give it a go.
Keep Winter Essentials In Your Handbag
Combatting dry skin is never fun times. I always keep a thick hand lotion or cream in my bag during the cold months; I’m a germaphobe so frequent handwashing dries out my hands. I also keep something on my lips and spare mittens or gloves just in case.
Create a Cozy Corner or Sanctuary
I’m all about creating corners or sanctuaries in the home to get away from it all, de-stress, and decompress. If I’m not enjoying the snowy outdoors or wintry events, I’m probably in my room and sanctuary, catching up on some reading under a blanket with a diffuser or lit candles. Create your own safe space to be calm, comfortable, and at peace during the holiday madness.
Reduce Your Social Media Use
Too much social media definitely has its drawbacks, but especially so during the holidays. Everyone is pushing a Black Friday or Cyber Monday deal and it gets to be too much for me. I temper down my use and use that time for the things that mean a lot to me.
Spend Quality Time With Friends & Loved Ones
Some of that time saved by decreasing social media use definitely goes to friends and family. While the holidays are a notorious time for arguments and political debates when everyone congregates, I actually look forward to it and use it as a time to remind everyone of what’s truly important.
Tell The People You Care About How You Feel
Tell your friends how much they mean to you and how lucky you are to have them. Tell your family how much you love them. If you have strained relationships or toxic people in your life, this time of year can be a good time to let them know how you truly feel and how their actions affect you.
Keep A Positive Attitude
The cold months get a bad wrap and understandably so. It’s frigid. The heavy rains or snow can be discouraging or an outright pain in the ass. Considering that winters can be long depending on where you are, maybe changing your attitude this time of year can make it all the difference.
Get Your Body Moving // Prioritize Working Out
With the weather and all the comfort foods, it’s easy to slack on your fitness or health routine during this time of year. Make it a goal to get up and/or get out 3-5 times a week to keep the body warm and active.
Find Ways to Enjoy Winter // Embrace The Cold
Get creative during the winter season and try new things to enjoy the colder months. Participate in holiday parties and lighting events in the city or neighborhood. Go to local holiday concerts to get in the spirit. Give your time and attention to those in need by volunteering at a soup kitchen or donating to charity.
Light Holiday or Winter-Themed Candles
One of my favorite self-care go-to’s during the cold season is lighting candles. I’m a huge fan of Voluspa candles and love that they carry scents for the holidays too.
Try A New Home Workout
Running or walking outside gets difficult when the temperatures drop and nature’s elements take over. Some of my go-to home workouts have been Kayla Itsines’ Bikini Body Guide (commonly known as BBG) and Brittne Babe’s 21-Day Challenge. Yoga w/ Adriene’s also a staple of mine.
Diffuse Essential Oils In Your Home or Room
I finally jumped on the essential oils wagon and am loving the effects so far. My sister introduced me to it and now I have essential oils for the daytime, as well as a CBD essential oil to help me sleep soundly at night. Definitely consider adding this to your self-care routine if you’re late to the game like me.
Soak Up The Sun As Much As You Can
This is hardly a problem during the summer and that’s why we have higher energy levels in the warmer months. While it’s harder to maintain this in the winter, just 15-30 minutes of sunshine a day can make all the difference. If you have this option, take advantage of it.
Carve Out Dedicated Me Time
With the busyness that comes with this time of year, dedicated me-time should be a non-negotiable of yours in the winter. Be intentional with your self-care and create a routine or have time that’s just for you and don’t compromise it.
Experiment With Outdoor Winter Sports
Embrace winter to its fullest by trying new outdoor sports. Take advantage of ski and snowboard deals and hit the slopes. Not into the extreme? Tubing and sledding are also great. No snow? Find a local ice-skating rink!
Wear Soft Comfortable Clothes
There’s no greater feeling than pulling your comfy winter clothes out of their hibernation. I literally enjoy putting on soft fluffy sweaters and the comfort my onesie provides. It brightens my mood.
Make a Winter or Holiday Playlist
Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” will inevitably remain as one of the most popular holiday songs in history and should be on every holiday playlist, but “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” is one of my faves. I also enjoy BandAid (“Do They Know It’s Christmas?”), Wham! (“Last Christmas”), and the Beach Boys (“Little Saint Nick”).
Prioritize Self-Care to Make Your Winter Special
Winter is a sacred season and time for me and it takes deliberate and intentional action for me to block out the noise and enjoy this time of year on my terms. Try some of these self-care tips to make it through winter and come out feeling good as new!
What are some of your favorite self-care ideas for this time of year?
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