Self Care for Winter
Winter… Temperature drops and blankets start stacking up on beds, hot water bottle sales go through the roof and everyone has a day of the blahs… I love reading during winter! A warm blanket, a cup of coffee and my dog snuggled up to me, you get lost to time and have not a care in the world.
Here are some non reading related tips to help you during winter
HOT DRINKS GALORE
Select a mug or cup that’s special or comforting to you. Have one that’s special in this way both at home and at work. Fill it with soup, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, warm milk – and enjoy the moment.
RUG UP AND KEEP WARM
Blankets, warm fluffy socks, dressing gowns and slippers all make for the ideal warm environment needed for winter. Flannelette Sheets and PJ’s always have a need this time of year! Rug up and keep warm any way you can.
BRING THE TROPICS TO WINTER
Buy candles, room sprays or essential oils with scents that relax you. Leave them in your bedroom, bathroom, or work space – so they’re just a grab away. During winter I always have a beach scented candle, or a tropical flower one going, the scent always takes me away from the cold!
Plan for self-soothing by having preset radio stations that play relaxing music or iTunes playlists that bring spa-like surround sounds. Also keep a stock of beauty and health products, like sugar scrubs, bath salts, shower fizzies, masks, and lotions so you can relax in the bath or a hot shower and let the cold drift away.
Winter is always the time for comfort foods, I always make a big pot of soup for winter, and love baking during cold days. Stock up on baking goods and hot meal ingredients during winter when all you want is comfort food
Being indoors and out of the cold can lead to boredom, it’s always handy to have adult colouring books, coloured pencils and arts and craft supplies to pass the time. Also board games and puzzles with the whole family can deter boredom. If you are feeling extremely creative have a look at Robotime miniatures.
Don’t forget to keep the body active during the colder months, use the simple art of moving, stretching and walking to awaken and soothe your body during winter months