As much as I love fall weather, it’s always slightly bittersweet knowing that we’re just a few short weeks away from winter weather, which I do NOT love. As we approach winter every year, I always spend some time preparing for my self-care because, let’s face, winter can be physically and mentally challenging. Seasonal depression, anyone? These are a few of my favorite ways to practice self-care in the winter.
WINTER SELF-CARE AND FIGHTING SEASONAL DEPRESSION
Don’t Forget Fitness
I’m sure I’m not the only one who finds it harder to motivate myself to work out during the winter! Not only is working out outdoors unavailable because of the cold temperatures in Wisconsin, but it’s hard to motivate myself when it’s already dark when I leave work at 5! It makes me want to throw on a sweater and some leggings and curl up on the couch with a warm blanket and some Netflix. Despite this, I know that fitness is especially important for me in the winter so I don’t get lethargic, and since I’m not already getting my exercise with any outdoor activities I might during the warmer months.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
During the winter, we’re so inclined to eat dense, warm foods to keep us toasty in the cold weather. We bring out the slow cooker and start hitting the soups. That’s fine, but don’t let it drastically change your diet. The extra food will bog you down and you’ll feel a lot more sluggish.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
My skin seriously takes a beating during the winter months. My skin tends to get so dry. Not only is it super uncomfortable, but tends to lead to my skin actually breaking open on my hands (since those get especially dry). During the winter more than ever, I’m extra diligent about moisturizing every single day and using lotion on my hands even more often.
Seasonal depression is no joke. It’s not surprising that so many people suffer from it, given then it’s dark when we wake up in the morning and when we leave work in the evening, and we aren’t spending as much time outside in the sun. The how-to’s on this one will be different for everyone, but find a way to stay positive this winter.
As much as it sucks to be outside in the winter (especially in Wisconsin where we frequently have temps below zero) it’s necessary as well. Getting out in the daylight and fresh air can totally help with seasonal depression. Plus, being cooped up inside with all the germs contributes to everyone getting sick in the winter! Even something as simple as picking the warmest days of the week and going for a quick walk outside can make a huge difference. Bonus points if you can do it while the sun is still out!
Have Cold and Flu Supplies on Hand
At this point in my life, I’ve pretty much resigned myself to the fact that at some point every winter, I’m going to get sick. Because of that, I make sure to always keep the essentials on hand.
Start Planning for Spring
If nothing else will keep your spirits up through March, start planning how you’re going to spend your warmer months. Thinking of taking a road trip with your best friend? Start mapping it out! I can’t think of a better way of surviving the winter blues!
BEFORE YOU GO
Winter is coming every year friends, whether we like it or not. And quite often, it brings that seasonal depression with it. I like to start my self-care nice and early so I have a head start on the cold temps, horrendous amount of snow, and darkness all the time.
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