Self-care is more important now than ever. Thanks to shorter days and long nights, it can seem like we’re racing against time. Plus, the cold weather causes more of us to stay in this season. This is all a concoction that can really throw us off in various ways.
Not only is this the perfect time of year to refresh—or even finally start—that self-care routine, it’s also the most crucial time for one. I get it, if there was one more hour in the day, of course, you’d use it on yourself. But even 10 minutes a day to do something that you love can change your life for the better.
Slow It Down
For those of you that go from office to home at the end of the day, the torture may seem far from over when you’re stuck in your car in traffic. You can’t magically change everyday traffic patterns, but you can certainly change your reaction. You know it’s coming, so use the extra time in your car productively. Make yourself some tea before you leave the office, and throw on that podcast you’ve been saying you were going to get into.
Oh, I get it. This is probably the last thing that you want to hear this time of year, but getting outside as much as you need right now is crucial. Getting vitamin D and fresh air is one of the best ways to de-stress after a long meeting while getting what you need to bump up your mood.
Take Care Of Your Skin
I’ve never needed hydrating products more than I do right now, and I bet most of you are on the same boat. In the evening, I like to unwind with a hydrating face mask. I’ll usually jump in the shower, or wash it off. But always use a moisture-locking, hydrating sleep mask afterward. Moisturizer sometimes just doesn’t cut it. Taking care of my skin and myself makes me feel instantly better after a long day. I like to sneak in a glass of wine every now and then, as well, to add to the relaxation.
Manage Your Stress
The stress this time of year is real! Everyone stresses out over things in their life. It’s how you handle it that counts. Yes, your to-do list seems endless, but what can you do to ensure this doesn’t get in the way of a relaxing evening? For starters, write all of the things that you’re worrying about down. Get it physically on paper so you can take a look at the mess in a real way. Then, every day, pick something that you will tackle the next day. Planning will cut down stress, and make you feel like you’re actually in control—because you are.
Embrace the fact that you’re spending so much time inside. And I don’t mean tackle household chores. I’m talking about embracing the lovely practice of hygge. Bundle up in layers, make that hot cocoa that’s been sitting in the back of your pantry and curl up with a good book. Or start that guided journal you bought earlier this year that you tossed to the side. There is such a thing as ‘cozy contentment,’ and now is the time to try it.
You should also check out How To Make The Holidays Personal When You Can’t Be With Family and 5 Cozy Wellness Tips To Get You Through The Holiday Season!