Self-care is more important than ever in the winter, and especially at the end of what’s been an unprecedented 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 self-care routine that works for you this winter. Here are our recommendations:
Starting your day with some gentle yoga can help to put you in a positive, calm mindset for the day ahead.
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 routine to prepare you for the rest of the day:
- Chair pose (utkatasana)
- Downward facing dog (adho mukha svanasana)
- Low lunge (anjaneyasana)
Embrace the Outdoors
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 job or a cycle will help your body to release endorphins, which are also known as happy hormones, helping to give your mood a boost.
To give your joints a little extra support, try omega-3 supplements, such as our MorEPA Move fish oil formula, which also contain vitamin C and antioxidant curcumin to help to keep you moving.