Not to dampen your enthusiasm for fall’s beautiful foliage, sweater weather, and pumpkin spice everything, but winter is just around the corner.
Some of us can’t wait to pull out our snowboards, enjoy the snow, and celebrate the holidays. However, for many people, the winter months are filled with dread as they endure the cold, short days and the strain of hosting extended family.
Regardless of where you stand on this issue, it’s common knowledge that our wintertime bodies have unique needs.
Setting aside some time for self-care will provide you with the mental, emotional, and physical strength you need to not only make it through the winter, but thrive. You can get going with the help of these guidelines.
When the temperature drops, it’s tempting to warm up with a mug of coffee, tea, or cocoa. However, staying hydrated is more important than ever, so don’t skimp on water.
Even if you don’t feel as parched as you do in the summer, it’s important to keep drinking water to keep your body running smoothly.
Foods like coconut water and smoothies are great ways to increase your water intake, and a humidifier can help you sleep better at night.
Naturally, our bodies slow down when the days are shorter and the air is colder. However, when we don’t move around, our bodies feel heavy and tired.
Put on some warm clothes and go for a walk, sign up for a restorative yoga class, or just do some light stretching at home. Do your best to get some exercise every day without overdoing it and adding to your stress levels.
Comfort food and fast food from the drive-thru become our go-tos during the winter months as we rush from one commitment to another.
Make it a priority this season to practice mindful eating. Eat more berries, leafy greens, and nuts to increase the effect even further.
Good nutrition not only strengthens your immune system but also gives you the stamina you need to get through your day.
Whether you look forward to or dread this time of year, the extra activity and crowds can add pressure.
Take 10–30 minutes out of each day to relax and do something you enjoy, even though you’ll likely be busier than usual. You could do something like take a long, relaxing bath, sip some tea, or read a book you really enjoy.
Learn what calms you down, and then make sure you have the time and space to do that.
For those who prefer quieter pursuits, the holiday season can be a trying time. Notice how social events affect your mood.
If you need some time away from your loved ones, don’t feel guilty about saying so. Taking a break and recharging your batteries will make your return to the activities that much more satisfying.
Reduced stress, enhanced mental clarity and focus, and physical relaxation are just a few of the many benefits of regular meditation and mindfulness practice.
Try guided visualization, walking meditation, or even just deep breathing if the thought of sitting still for an extended period of time fills you with dread.
Learn to cultivate an attitude of gratitude that you can carry with you not just on Thanksgiving but throughout the entire colder months.
You should give thanks for something every day. Ponder for a second the ways in which that one thing has made your life better. You’ll be happier, have better relationships, and have higher self-esteem if you adopt this practice.
One of the best ways to get your feet on the ground in the winter is to slow down and focus inward. Write in a journal regularly. Your innermost thoughts, good habits, and aspirations can all be explored in this way.
Thinking about your past and planning your future is a great way to get ready for spring. If you do this, you’ll be in a great position to reap the benefits of a “fresh start” in the New Year and emerge from hibernation in peak form come spring.
Homeowners insurance is a must all year long, but it is especially crucial this time of year to make sure you are covered in the event of damage from severe weather.
The cost of accidental fire damage, flood damage, and the cost to rebuild your home from the ground up should all be covered by your home building’s insurance.