Ahh winter has come for most of us here in the states! For some of you, “winter” may mean a slightly cooler 60-70 degrees. Winter may mean you get to wear a sweater and booties and a cute little scarf. You may never see a snowflake all season long! Well, for the rest of us, winter means below freezing windchills, icy snow covered roads, and dark evenings. But winter isn’t all that bad! The peacefulness and serenity of a fresh snowfall, the sparking lights as you make your drive home, and, regardless of where you live, it’s a time to retreat inward, reflect, and give your body some extra TLC.
I can already feel myself wanting to wrap up the day at 5:30pm when it starts getting dark, go jump in my most cozy winter PJs and fuzzy socks, grab a bowl of warm soup, and curl up on the couch for a movie and early bedtime.
That scene isn’t being lazy, it’s allowing surrender into the season of rest and self-care. During these winter months, it’s so important to allow your mind, body, and soul to get in sync with the slower, more restful season and use it to your advantage.
Here are my top 7 Self-Care Tips everyone needs to indulge in this winter season! My favorite is #4, what’s yours?!
1. Dry Brush.
If you don’t already have one, get yourself the gift of a natural dry brush with bristles made from animal hair or natural plant fiber like this one and love your body crazy with it! Dry brushing detoxes the body, exfoliates and removes dead skin cells, reduces cellulite, increases circulation, and stimulates the lymphatic system. Start with the soles of your feet and work upward to the neck. My favorite times to dry brush are first thing in the morning to wake my body up and get my circulation going, and again before bed to exfoliate and detox from the day!
2. Cycle Circadian Rhythm.
In the winter, days become shorter. In order to keep our circadian rhythm in sync with that of the sun’s, it’s recommended to allow yourself an earlier bedtime than you have in the summer. When it gets dark outside, it signals to our cells that it’s time to get ready for a night of resting and healing. Our melatonin starts to increase in preparation for the night ahead, and our body starts to wind down. It’s important that after the sun goes down until bedtime time we keep all artificial blue lights dimmed (or off!), and instead light your room with 100% beeswax or battery powered candles or red tinted lightbulbs like these ones. Before bed, read a book, relax with your loved ones, or stretch and dry brush to really wind down.
3. Get Outdoors.
Staying cooped up inside with only make you sick and tired. It’s critical that we get outdoors, breathe in the fresh air, and look at nature even during the coldest of days. In fact, being very cold is actually super beneficial in many ways to the body!! On that note — be sure to open the windows in your home at least 3 times/week during the winter to bring in fresh and circulated air. This is absolutely critical in the quality of air you breathe, and therefore keeping you healthy during this season!
4. Rest And Reflect.
Who are you in this world? What legacy do you aspire to leave? Are you the person you desire to be? Winter is the perfect time to really go inward with these types of questions. If you’re not living to your fullest potential and leaving the impact you want to leave in this world, then it’s time to put specific people or things in place to make that happen in the coming months.
Ohhh do I love this one. Closing the loops in your mind by de-cluttering the home, workspace, and car is one of the biggest tips I can give to creating a life of ease and boosting productivity. I assure you that once you take care of that pantry, donate clothes and shoes you don’t wear, and organize those closets, there will be an instant lift of stress from your body. You’ll feel less anxious, more motivated, and be able to show up more fully in all areas of your life by doing this simple act.
6. Daily Face Massage.
Ok, I know I’ve said this before but THIS may be my favorite winter self-care practice. Apply some warm organic face oil to your face each morning and rub it in either with a jade roller using outward motions. This will not only make your skin super soft and glowing, but with flood it with anti-oxidants and fatty acids it needs. Facial massages increase circulation and promote lymphatic drainage to help decrease puffiness and bloating, too!
7. Fruits And Veggies.
Load your plate with seasonal fruits and vegetables for a winter comfort meal. Roast a variety of squashes and sweet potatoes with drizzled oil and a savory herbal blend. Mash up steamed rutabaga with turmeric for some mashed “potatoes” filled with anti-oxiants, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging goodness. Have fun with the seasonal foods and give your body all the nourishment it needs to thrive.
Implement these 7 Tips and you’ll feel, and look, amazing all winter long! Remember, YOU determine who you are in this world. Let this season be a time of self-care, self-love, reflection, and looking inward to become the you you were designed and destined to be.
PS. Share these tips with any other friends or family who value living a healthy, happy life of bliss!
In Health & Wellness,