Do the lack of sun and the cold, grey days get to you during winter?
Do you find yourself getting tired quickly, and not as energetic as usual?
Do you feel moody and unmotivated?
In the winter, it definitely gets more challenging to look after yourself when all you want to do is sit on the couch with a blanket and vegetate in front of the TV. You know what I'm talking about! :) During the dark winter months when we get less sunlight, many people experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a mild form of depression.
People suffering from SAD will start to crave carbs and sugary foods to help deal with the winter blahs. Honestly, this includes me too! I guess that is why people bake a lot in winter.
And this year, with the pandemic, it will be tougher as most of us will not be travelling home to spend Christmas and New Year with our family and friends.
So it is very crucial to look after your wellbeing this winter. To help you get through this season, I put together are some simple self-care ideas. They take between 5 minutes to 30 minutes, so choose one that resonates with you. Even 5 minutes of self-care every day is better than the occasional massage.
1.Take your Vitamin D
Vitamin D called the "sunshine vitamin" because it is produced in your skin in response to sunlight. During winter, it's essential to take your Vitamin D drops for your immunity. Also, research has shown that vitamin D might play a critical role in regulating mood and warding off depression.
2. Make your bed
A messy bed can make you feel anxious and unorganized. Making your bed first thing in the morning can make you feel like you have accomplished something and keep you feeling motivated throughout the day.
3. Listen to music
What's your jam? Is it rock 'n roll, rap or R&B? I have a couple of songs in my playlist that I listen to pick up my mood immediately. Brimful of Asha, anyone?
4. Moisturise your body
Dry skin is so common in winter. Often I forget to moisturise my body after I pop out of the shower. So now I keep my moisturisers at my nightstand and I moisture my hands, arms and legs just before going to bed.
5. Massage your feet
A quick foot massage session before heading off to bed helps improve blood flow and enables you to sleep better. It also improves mood and lowers anxiety.
6. Enjoy a piece of chocolate
Instead of stuffing your face, make it a ritual- stop what you are doing, close your eyes and enjoy the chocolate melting in your mouth, paying attention to flavour and texture.
7. Put a DIY face mask
Mix one tablespoon of oats, half tablespoon of fresh lemon juice, one teaspoon of honey. Rub it all over your face and leave it on for 15 minutes. Then wash with warm water and apply a light moisturiser. Your face will feel smooth and hydrated.
The cold weather might keep you more homebound, so doing 15 minutes of yoga stretches is good for circulation, gets rid of all those winter aches and pains, and boosts your mood.
9. Call a family or friend
Pick up the phone and talk to a family member or friend, sometimes all you need to pick up your mood is to hear a familiar voice.
10. Read a chapter in a book
Being indoors more means you have more time to read the book you've been wanting to finish. As much as I would like to read a physical book, I found it much easier to download a book on my phone and read it while I have my morning coffee.
Writing in your journal can be a great way to release some anxieties and worries that you might have in your head. It's also an excellent way to document some lovely memories of motherhood and life.
How often in a day do you take time to be still? It's hard for mothers to relax, not plan and think ahead. Meditation reminds us to be in the present moment. Download meditation apps like Calm, Headspace or Insight Timer to give your mind some space.
13. Have a dance party
It's a fun way to exercise and improves cardiovascular fitness. It also raises the endorphins or so-called feel-good chemicals, and this can lighten your mood and reduce the risk of depression. So turn up the music and move your body!
14. Declutter one area of your house
A cluttered house can leave you feeling out-of-control and affects your mood. Spending some time to declutter and get rid of things will help you feel more in control and happier. Watch Marie Kondo on Netflix to get you inspired!
15. Head for the local coffee shop
There's nothing like a hot cup of beverage and a small treat to perk up your day! A change of scene is what we sometimes need to get through the long winter day.
16. Take a walk in nature
Yes, I know! Walking in the cold might not sound appealing, but you will be amazed what 30 mins of walking can do for your mood. Get some fresh air and move your body to feel alive!
17. Get some sun when you can
I know it's not always possible, but when the sun is out, drop everything you are doing and get some sun! Close your eyes, feel the warmth on your face and appreciate the sun.
18. Take a hot bath
When was the last time you took a nice, long bath? Make it extra special with essential oils, candles, your favourite drink and something to read or listen to music.
Which self-care ideas will you try today?
Remember your needs matter too, mama x
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