What are some of your practical self-care tips and habits for winter?
What self-care really is
Self-care is one of those anthem words and it’s not all bubble baths and buying yourself flowers, though I totally think you should try both–it’s about healing, so you can help others heal too.
Self-care is a practice; it’s not just a thing you can check off the list and never look at again.
- It’s waking up on-time, and maybe even waking up early.
- Choosing foods meant for your body.
- Making your bed.
- Taking a shower.
- Putting on that makeup you love.
- Taking your medicine.
- Spending uninterrupted time with your kids.
- Learning a new thing.
- Spending time alone.
- Spending time with your friends.
- Dressing up with nowhere to go.
- Cleaning your house for ten minutes.
- Processing your emotions.
Self-care is learning to harmony between your needs and the rest of life.
Self-care is whatever you need.
YES, self-care first
Some people mistakenly believe that self-care means you don’t have room for anyone else–that loving yourself is selfish. ⠀
It’s not. ⠀
Self-care is all about loving yourself, TOO. Not loving everyone else except you. ⠀
Self-care is about intentionally making yourself someone you take care of, whatever that looks like to you. Like, the other day, I took a nap even though I “should have” worked while my kiddo was sleeping. For me, self-care was sleeping. Other days it’s getting all the things done during nap time. ⠀
Do what works for you and love yourself, too.
Self-care comes first. This doesn’t mean you negate all of the necessary things in your life or throw people to the curb in an act of “self-care”–we call that “irresponsible”. Self-care first is a reminder to schedule and make time for you.
I have to laugh when people tell me that I’m a bad person for putting myself first–that caring for myself first makes me a bad mother and wife. But let’s pretend that “self-care” is a friend. And one of my kiddos comes up to me while “Self-care” and I are talking–I’m not going to push my child out of the way and be like, “SORRY. SELF-CARE.” while their needs are unmet. I can turn to “self-care” and be like, “Hey, I’ll be back soon” while I help my family.
Winter is the time of year where I pull back from life…mostly because I don’t want to go outside when it’s so cold, lol. But it’s also a time where if I’m not careful I kind of slip into a fog that I don’t love to be in. So here are some of my down-to-earth self-care tips for winter:
My Practical Self-Care Tips for Winter
As we go into the new year and start the winter, these are a few things I try to do as often as possible. If you’re new to self-care I would just choose one or two things to start with (and check out this post on how to create a self-care routine!):
- keep drinking water, eat good foods and lots of fiber. In the winter I usually unintentionally decrease my water intake and up my sugar intake…and while food doesn’t have a moral value, some foods do help me feel better. So lately I’ve been eating oatmeal with cinnamon, apple, and a scoop of fiber to support my digestive system.
- take and maybe even up your omegas. Research shows us that Omega-3 can help our mood and depression…and not just Omega-3, but a balanced ratio of Omega-3 and Omega-6. People with higher ratios of Omega-6 are more likely to have mood chaos. I take an omega supplement that is meant to help balance Omega-3 and Omega-6.
- go outside when you can; it decreases stress and increases focus and creativity.
- speaking of creativity, learn something new during the winter months (let’s be real, I don’t get outside as often as I like to during the winter because I DO NOT like to be cold. But I signed up for Skillshare and I’m learning to art…kind of. It’s a struggle, lol. Get two months premium FREE when you use the link below:
- journal! I used to think journaling was kind of…stupid, tbh. I grew up in a church where it was a requirement for girls to learn to journal so it always felt like a chore rather than a way to process things. But now I use it to process and find good things in every day. I have a post-it note with a few words I want to feel every day (accomplished, satisfied, light, etc) and then at the end of the day, I write down one or more ways in each area. I have this post of 50+ journal prompts that you can use as well!
- go get some coffee. It’s one thing to make your coffee and enjoy it at home, it’s another to get up, get dressed (yes, regular clothes), and go out to get coffee. Turns out it’s a drink that feels like a hug to me!
- also, hugs. make sure you’re getting as many as possible. Hugs make people happy. They lower your heart rate, decrease stress levels and support your immune system., as well as build trust, boost self-esteem, and increases serotonin production. We need 4 hugs a day for survival, 8 hugs for maintenance, and 12 for growth.
- get out with your friends. This probably isn’t the easiest thing, especially if you have little ones or can’t find a babysitter, etc….you probably thought of five excuses like I did, haha. But I try to shoot for once a month (my friends live far away).
- develop a spiritual practice
- oh and I almost forgot, turmeric is GREAT for my mood in the winter months
Feel free to add your self-care tips in the comments!