Winter self-care ideas are vital for those blah gloomy days.
When you’re stuck inside due to bad weather it can weigh on your emotions.
Just the lack of sunshine can bring on depression and SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).
If you find yourself isolating, gaining weight or can’t seem to shake that blue feeling during winter you may need some self-care.
If you are feeling down, it may be time to take care of yourself with these fun and helpful winter self-care ideas.
Here are Best Winter Self-Care Ideas
Start up your diffuser
Science has shown that different smells can drastically play with your emotions.
You can use this to your advantage by diffusing mood lifting essential oils into your home.
We love and trust Eden’s Garden Essential Oils because they are just as high quality as the MLM oils without the high price.
These essential oils have been shown to improve mood:
- Wild Orange
- Ylang Ylang
Consider Artificial Light Sources
Some areas of the country are very gloomy and dark in the winter.
Simply adding in a light that mimics sunshine can drastically improve your mood.
The Happy Light Daylight Lamp is a full spectrum light without the UV rays.
Used during the day, the extra light tells your brain to create mood-boosting hormones.
Light therapy has shown improvement in mood just after a few days of use.
This study shows the power of light therapy for treating the winter blues or Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Brightening up your living space with additional light and even some flowers can do a lot for your mood.
Keep Your Skin Moist
The dry cold air of winter is hard on anyone’s skin.
It’s important to keep your skin moist so it doesn’t start itching and even cracking.
I love Dr. Bonner’s All In One Organic Lotion in Orange Lavender.
The bright orange brings an uplifting mood and there are never any harmful chemicals in Dr. Bonner’s brand.
Being careful to not take super hot showers will also help your skin to stay moist.
It’s hard to go outside in the winter, especially if you are dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder or depression.
Sometimes you have to force yourself to get outside even if it’s just for a few minutes.
Getting sunshine on your skin is so good for your circadian rhythm.
Take a walk, go shopping or meet a friend for dessert, just get outside.
Drink Hot Liquids
I’ve started drinking tea before bed and it’s been a great addition to my bedtime routine.
It’s nice to take some time at the end of the day and sip on some hot tea while reading a book or just watching tv.
You can treat yourself to a nice new tea set like this one.
Schedule a Massage
A massage will release mood boosting hormones such as serotonin and dopamine and it will also force you to get outside the house.
I always feel so refreshed after a massage and believe it’s vital for releasing tension we carry around in our bodies.
If you’re short on cash you could ask your loved one to give you a massage with this oil.
The eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils help penetrate sore muscles and improve circulation.
Start a Journal
Journaling is so important for your mental health.
If you are dealing with depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder you don’t want to keep those dark thoughts swirling around in your head.
It’s vital to get those thoughts out on paper so you don’t have to carry those around.
The Start Where You Are Journal gives you uplifting prompts every day if you are not sure how to journal or need some additional help.
Invite People Over
Hosting people over at your house is a smart way to boost your mood. People need people.
You don’t have to plan a huge meal, you could just invite someone over for dessert or drinks.
When people isolate themselves it increases risk for depression.
Step out of your comfort zone and invite your friends or family over to your place.
Take Care of Your Lips
Chapped lips are the worst.
Waking up to dry cracked lips that peel all day is common in winter if you are not taking care of your lips.
To prevent peeling lips you can try Lip Balm in refreshing Peppermint.
Winter Self-Care Ideas are only needed for a season.
As dark winter days hover overhead, make sure you take time to take care of yourself the best you can.
What Winter Self-Care Ideas do you practice?