Easy Ways You Can Practice Self-Care in the Winter
The days are shorter. The air is colder. The joy of the holiday season has long gone stale.
Remember when winter was fun? When snow meant sledding and no school, instead of getting up early to defrost the car?
It's easy to get a case of the winter woes. Seasonal changes aren't known for always being the most gentle on everyone's minds. But never fear! There are simple and easy ways you can practice self-care in the winter to make sure you stay sane this season.
1. Worry Less
I know, you probably read that and thought "ugh, if only it were that easy". But let's be real - how productive is worrying? All it does is drain the psyche and make completing the most basic of tasks that much more tiresome. An easy way you can start cutting down on your worrying time is allowing yourself to only stress about things happening today or tomorrow. The 'today and tomorrow' mindset isn't the best in the long run, but it helps turn the long winter into manageable bite-size chunks (especially when you feel like you're running on fumes).
2. Treat Yo Self
The holiday season is always full of goodies and treats. But after? It seems there's a lot of pressure to return to "healthy" lifestyles. New Year's resolutions often center around unrealistic expectations for the body - especially when it comes to weight. So, sure, eat the salad when your body needs it. But eat that pasta when your soul needs it (and stop beating yourself up for it!) Life is all about balance, don't be so hard on yourself. Being mindful of what you're putting into your body also includes knowing when it's time for a treat. Lose the guilt! You're only human.
Treating yourself doesn't always have to be food-related either! Sometimes watching a movie curled up on the couch or turning off your email notifications for an hour can work wonders.
3. Just Say 'No'
It's easy to accept new projects and commitments just because you're afraid of disappointing someone. But guess what? You're allowed to say no! Yes, you read that right. Now go back and reread it. If you're feeling a bit polite you can even say "no, thank you". Gets the exact same message across.
Being a tiny bit more selfish with your time can help calm the burned-out mental state that comes with winter. Figure out what needs to be done, and what you would like to do, and forget everything else - at least for a little bit. That bridal shower for your second-cousin twice removed you haven't seen since you were ten? Maybe use that day to clean out your fridge or catch up on a work project. Once you start seeing the things you do as things you chose to do, life seems a little less out of control.
There is no perfect recipe for self-care (if only!) but there are steps you can take to make sure the winter months aren't so dreary. You can't change the weather or the hours of daylight (or lack thereof), but you can choose how you deal with it.
How do you like to take care of yourself in the winter? Let us know in the comments!
Megan is an English student with a love for bad jokes, watching the same three television shows over and over, and all things beauty. She considers her life to be an extended tribute to carbohydrates and Diet Coke, and genuinely hopes her dog is proud of her. Follow her on instagram & twitter @sweganrussell and check out her blog sweganrussell.wordpress.com