When it comes to self-care, a little goes a long way - especially at this time of year! With the temperatures dropping and the days getting shorter, it’s important to take a little “me” time. Here are some of our favourite cold weather self-care tips to uplift your mind and body.
Create a Cold Weather Bucket List
Appreciate what your city has to offer by creating a local bucket list. Visit a farmers’ market, take the scenic route home, and relish over the simple things. Go apple or pumpkin picking, wander through a cranberry marsh during harvest season, go ice skating, or challenge yourself to a new recipe. Check out some of our favourite lavender inspired recipes here.
15 Minutes of “Me” Time
It’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Balance is key and taking time for yourself, even if it’s just 15 minutes, can help keep your life in harmony. Remember self care is not selfish! Meditate, take the dog for a walk, enjoy a cup of your favourite tea, call a friend, curl up for a nap, read a book, or write in your journal.
Many people spend cold weather months indoors under fluorescent lights and in front of screens, but research suggests it's important to make time to get outdoors. The simple act of being outside will improve your physical and mental health. Venture outdoors to breath in the crisp air, discover new hiking trails, go for a stroll around the block, or relax on a park bench and take in your surroundings.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Prioritizing sleep is the ultimate self-care act. Sleep is essential for optimal brain and body health. Insufficient and inconsistent sleep can increase irritability, moodiness and poor judgment. Try to go to sleep and get up at the same time every day and avoid bright screens 1-2 hours before bedtime. Practice relaxing bedtime rituals, such as taking a warm bath or enjoying a cup of herbal tea. Try aromatherapy by adding a few drops of lavender oil on your pillow or to your diffuser to relieve stress and aid in sleep.
Exercise is not only a great way to get physically fit, but it also decreases stress, boosts your mood, and elevates your energy levels! You don’t have to train for a marathon to be physically active. Take a walk around the block, attend a yoga class with a friend or even spend 10 minutes stretching on your living room floor.
Give your screens and your brain a rest. Whether it be your phone, tablet, or laptop, being constantly connected to your device can contribute to a whole variety of issues including poor sleep quality, low self-esteem and increased anxiety just to name a few. Try to avoid looking at your cell phone first thing in the morning, establish a cut off time at night, and choose a day to go technology free!
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