Winter self-care is arguably more important than looking after your wellbeing at any other time of year. When the temperature drops and daylight hours are reduced, it can be natural for your mood to take a dip, so it’s important that you’re doing what you can to look after yourself, treat yourself with kindness and keep your spirits up.
With just a few small lifestyle changes, you can create a winter self-care routine that works for your individual needs to help brighten your winter. Here are just some of our winter self-care recommendations:
1. Make the Most of the Daylight
With limited daylight hours during the winter months, it’s important to make sure you’re getting as much vitamin D (also known as ‘the sunshine vitamin’) as you can.
If you typically commute in the dark, try to get outside for a walk at lunchtime, but if you’re not able to get enough vitamin D through natural daylight, make sure you’re taking a supplement that contains vitamin D instead.
It might be colder outdoors in the winter, but it’s no less beautiful; in fact, winter scenes can be some of the most picturesque of all.
Getting outside for a walk, gentle jog or a cycle will help your body to release endorphins, which are also known as happy hormones, helping to give your mood a boost – exactly what winter self-care should be about.
The vitamin C in these Omega-3 fish oil supplements can help to support normal collagen formation for bone and cartilage function, while the curcumin from turmeric has traditionally been used to help to keep joints supple.
3. Morning Yoga
Starting your day with some gentle yoga can help to put you in a positive, calm mindset for the day ahead, which is what a winter self-care routine should be all about.
Yoga can help to get the blood flowing around your body, helping to warm you up on a cold winter’s morning, easing early morning aches and pains. Meanwhile, taking the time to clear your mind can help you to focus on the day ahead.
We recommend incorporating these poses a few times each into a 15-minute morning yoga flow routine to prepare you for the rest of the day:
Chair pose (utkatasana)
Downward facing dog (adho mukha svanasana)
Low lunge (anjaneyasana)
Sun salutation (surya namaskar)
4. Keep Hydrated
Hydration isn’t just important in the warmer summer months. You might not feel quite as thirsty in the winter, but it’s still vital for your health and wellbeing to stay hydrated.
Aiming to drink eight glasses of water a day can help to support your energy levels, which is a vital part of winter self-care. Staying hydrated can also help to reduce headaches, and support your gut health.
In addition, drinking plenty of water can play a key role in your winter skincare regime, as your skin can become dry and cracked in the winter months. Keep a reusable bottle with you at all times during the winter to remind yourself to keep drinking.
5. Make Time for Yourself
It can be easy to fall into the trap of spending all of your free time scrolling through social media or saying ‘yes’ to too many things, leaving yourself feeling burnt out.
Instead, make sure you’re only saying ‘yes’ to plans that you know will leave you feeling fulfilled, and try not to do too much to prevent yourself feeling exhausted and run down.
Try to make a little bit of time for yourself every day to check in with yourself about how you’re feeling and to address this – the ultimate act of winter self-care. Whether you allocate five minutes, 20 minutes or a couple of hours, remember that you can’t be there for everyone else in your life or give your all to your work if you’re neglecting number one.
6. Eat Well
Eat heartily but healthily as part of your winter self-care routine to make sure your body is getting the nourishment it needs through the more challenging months.
Soups, stews and homemade curries are all wonderfully comforting meals that you can easily pack with plenty of healthy vegetables. Add a teaspoon of turmeric to bring extra vibrancy and nourishment to your meal.
What’s more, nourishing your body with foods containing nutrients such as Omega-3 and vitamin D can help to support your health and wellbeing at the time of year when it needs it most. Try this recipe for a warming kipper kedgeree, which includes both Omega-3 and vitamin D.
Find out more about the benefits of Omega-3 for your health all year round: