The Winter Solstice may be the shortest day of the year, but that’s no reason to cut yourself short on self-care. Instead, it’s the perfect time to revamp your routine to match the new season.
There’s no need to stress over getting into a cold-weather slump. Follow these 4 tips to experience how “winter” and “wellness” can go hand in hand.
1.Get Some Extra Sleep
Think of this time of year as the natural season to rest and restore the mind, body, and soul. Instead of complaining about fewer hours of sunlight, embrace the extra hours of darkness. Just think of it as getting some more much-needed downtime.
It’s normal to feel tired and lethargic when there’s less sunshine. Give yourself some grace and go to bed a bit earlier, sleep a little later, or even indulge in a nap when you need one.
2.Soak in a Warm Bath
A relaxing bath is therapeutic any time of year. But nothing beats sinking into that soothing, warm water on a cold winter’s day.
Start by shifting your mindset around your bath from just getting clean to performing a purifying bath ritual. This trip to the tub isn’t just about freshening up. It’s a sacred time to relax, unwind, and decompress.
Unlike the quick shower you take before rushing out the door, you can’t have too many extras for this wintertime bath.
Light some scented candles like Angels and Sages Positive Vibes candle to help usher in an extra pop of feel good.
Play some beautiful music.
Pick out the perfect soak or scrub, if you don't already have one, we recommend Tranquility by Angels and Sages.
This season can be filled with a lot of joy. But it can also come with a never-ending to-do list. Make this a bathtime event you look forward to rather than just another task you have to get done.
3.Move Your Body
Some animals hibernate during the winter, and it can be tempting to follow their lead. But the cooler temps are no reason to skip your workout.
A regular exercise routine isn’t just about working on your summer body. It also helps to keep the winter blues at bay by improving your mental health.
So even if you’d rather snuggle than hit the gym, trade in your fuzzy slippers for your favorite pair of running shoes. You won’t regret it.
BONUS TIP: Switch things up! This is a great time to try something new, like hot yoga, ice skating, or skiing.
4.Enjoy a Cup of Tea
This tip is a wintertime life hack because you can enjoy multiple perks at once. First, the temperature will warm you from the inside, no matter how chilly it is.
Next, you can cater your cup to the time of year with favorite seasonal ingredients like those in this delicious chai tea.
Finally, you can make this cup of tea a meditative experience by slowly tasting each sip rather than gulping it down. Try drinking the tea while focusing on a beautiful winter landscape and contemplating everything you are grateful for this year.
There might be a chill in the air, but you can use these tips to heat up your wellness routine this winter.