Winter is always a challenging time for me, as I know it is for many. The shorter days and gloomy weather can often distract me from my routines, and make me want to put things off that I would normally do. I’m always a big advocate for self-love, but I find it extra vital to my happiness during these colder months. Here are a few ways I help practice self-love in the winter:
1. STAY ACTIVE
Exercise not only helps me de-stress, but it also pulls me out of the house. I tend to gravitate towards yoga in the winter months to stretch out any tight muscles and keep me feeling balanced. I also try and walk more in the winter. If I’m not in a rush, to a subway station further from my home - it is an easy way to add in exercise!
2. GET OUTDOORS
Lack of sunlight can drastically affect mood levels so getting outdoors helps to soak up that Vitamin C always gives my mood a boost. When I am out running errands on the weekends, I take the scenic route through Central Park for a relaxing break from the huddle and bustle. I try to take time to get out of the house and do something enjoyable, rather than only when necessary.
3. MAKE YOUR HOME COZY
Another element that always affects my mood is my surroundings so I tend to cozy up the place this time of year. Some extra throw pillows, house plants, or a refreshing scented candle can help me feel relaxed and comfortable.
4. INVEST IN SKINCARE
I don’t know about all of you, but there’s not much worse than dry, cracked skin in the winter. I always invest in a good moisturizer or hand cream to help combat that. MAVE’s Post-Shave Body Oil is one that helps keep me body hydrated all season long. Pro Tip: Use our oil OVER your moisturizer to really lock in the hydration.
5. GET CREATIVE
The holidays are the perfect excuse to get your creative juices flowing! Making snowflakes with my son or sticking to my journaling routine helps me feel connected and relaxed.
6. SLOW DOWN
I always take this time of year to reflect. Winter is nature’s way of telling us to slow down and to take the time to look at the year I’ve had and the year to come. I can allow myself to feel proud of how far I have come while prioritizing the goals ahead.
I know I am not alone when it comes to getting those winter blues so I hope these self-care practices can help you too. If you have any tips or tricks that I have helped you in the past, we encourage you to share below!