It’s coming to that time of year when the nights are drawing in and the mornings are, well, a bit meh. Our bodies and mind really do need more extra care and love as they are more susceptible to illness, stress and fatigue. Like everything in this world, we operate in cycles so for each season I would recommend revamping your self-care routine so your needs are being met.
Rest and Recharge
Firstly look at what nature is doing, animals start to hibernate, the trees are stripped of anything that they don’t need, the Earth is literally only using her energy on what is absolutely needed. Let yourself do the same, slow down a little, give yourself plenty of time to sleep, nap and rest. I know that we still need to go about our daily life but its important to find a balance that works for you which may be different to the summer months. If you feel run down, let yourself rest, have an early night, take pleasure in a long hot bath, a good book and a cuppa. How many times do you feel like you are starting with a bug or a virus but when you let yourself rest you feel better. Your body and mind is telling you to slow down, so just listen to it.
There is so much delicious food at this time of year, the potatoes are fluffy and tasty, satsuma season is officially open, so get stuck into trying different foods, which in turn will provide your body with different nutrients and vitamins. Indulge in some comfort food, get out your slow cooker (if you don’t have one, then stop reading this and go invest in one immediately) stews, casseroles, soups, curries and the odd pie is what good wholesome food is all about. All of these can be healthy and nutritious.
It can be harder to get outside for long walks in the country due to the weather in this country. You probably won’t feel like going to the gym after a long day at work which I totally get. Why not change your work out routine to a more gentle routine, yoga, pilates, swimming are good all over work outs. Try and fit in some time outside to keep your vitamin D levels topped up.
Journal / Practice Gratitude
Practicing gratitude is always a good habit to develop however never more so than the winter months. Even if it is just one or two things a day or week, give yourself time to reflect on what is going well for you. It could be catching up with a friend over coffee, a good work day, having a lie in.
Do you change your self-care for the different seasons?
How do you practice self-care in winter?