Health & Wellbeing

The Ultimate Winter Self-Care Routine

The Ultimate Winter Self-Care Routine

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:

Morning Yoga

 

Starting your day with some gentle yoga can help to put you in a positive, calm mindset for the day ahead.

 

woman doing yoga outdoors in winter

 

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.

 

 

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.

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 self-care. Staying hydrated can also help to reduce headaches, and support your gut health.

 

woman drinking water in the winter sun

 

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.

Eat Well

 

For many people, cooking can be a calming, almost meditative act in itself, and it’s important to keep your body well-nourished.

 

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 a warming, hearty kipper kedgeree featuring omega-3-packed fish. Find the recipe here:

 

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Hearty, comforting foods are what many of us crave in the colder months, but you can still enjoy these healthily by focusing on seasonal vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, parsnips, beetroot, turnips, swede and butternut squash. For those with a sweet tooth, seasonal rhubarb and pears can be used to create some delicious desserts.

Make Time for Yourself

 

It can be easy to fall into the trap of spending all of your free time online, but this isn’t good for your mental wellbeing. Although it’s important to stay connected with loved ones, focusing on negative news or comparing yourself to others on social media isn’t healthy.

 

Instead, focus on making time for yourself to do the things you enjoy as much as possible. Use the extra time indoors to try a new crafty hobby, to make a dent in your to-read pile or to make homemade Christmas gifts for loved ones, or anything else that makes you feel good away from a screen.

 

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. 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.

 

Find out more about keeping your energy levels up during the colder months:

 

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