Four things you can try for self-care this winter

Sometimes winter can make it seem hopeless, especially with the dark nights. This can be a great time to review your self-care routine and see what you can do for yourself to feel better.

You can start to enjoy winter, instead of dreading it, if you are able to identify what is working in your life. Here are some ideas to help you improve your self-care this winter.

Find out what you are looking for

It can be difficult to admit what you want and what you need. However, it is a good place to start when managing your mental health. It can be helpful to take the time to write down your thoughts and identify the things that work for you.

You can use this to your advantage during the holiday season when there are many demands on your time. While you may love to see your friends, it is important to know your limits. You can be honest with yourself. Knowing your limits will help you to make sure you’re there for the events you have committed to, and not burn out.

Get a coach for your life

A life coach can help you hold yourself accountable for your resolutions. A life coach can help you determine where you want to be in the future. Then you will need to work towards these goals. They can help you set healthy boundaries.

Keep exercising

It’s tempting to stay in and avoid the colder weather. However, it is important to make sure you exercise regularly throughout winter. It doesn’t necessarily mean you should run in the freezing rain. However, it could mean getting warm and taking a walk or doing an indoor activity.

You don’t have to be a slouch to get moving. You should make it a habit to go for a walk after work or even at lunch. You could find a friend or join a class to encourage one another to go to a class.

Do not fight the season. Accept it.

Don’t mourn the end of summer; embrace the cozy winter season. Crafts like knitting and painting can be a great way for you to keep your mind busy and also learn new skills.

Spend more time reading, making your favorite foods, and cooking. Relax in a blanket and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate or coffee. Then, take the time to slow down and notice all that is around you.

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