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#WednesdayWisdom: 5 Ways To Take Care Of Yourself This Winter

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Posted on December 12 2018

As we start to move towards winter, the days are shorter and the weather’s getting cooler. It’s totally normal to want to curl up under a blanket and hibernate until spring. But self-care is more important than ever during this time of year. Not only will it put you in a better mood, it’ll also help you de-stress and maintain balance. Here are some self-care tips to help you get through winter.

1. Use essential oils.

Incorporating the use of essential oils into your daily winter routine can have many benefits. People are more prone to catching a cold or the flu during the winter season and while essential oils aren’t a substitute for the flu shot, they can still aid you when you’re feeling under the weather. Try a blend of eucalyptus and sage to open up your sinuses. If you’re having trouble waking up in the morning, take a citrusy essential oil, like lemongrass or grapefruit. Mix it in a spray bottle with warm water and spritz it into your shower in the morning.

2. Make a DIY body scrub.

Did you know winter is the best time to exfoliate? It helps shed the old dead skin from the summer and help with blood circulation. You can make your own scrub with a blend of sea salt or sugar, a drop or two of essential oils, and some coconut oil.

3. Take a warm bath with Epsom salt.

Warm baths help you relax and unwind at the end of the day. Not to mention, nothing feels better after a cold, winter day. Epsom salt helps with muscle soreness and tension. A warm epsom salt bath can even aid in post-workout recovery. Be sure to follow up your bath with a body butter or hydrating lotion, as soaking in water for too long can stip your body of its natural moisture.

4. Stretch for 5 minutes.

Your muscles are more prone to tension in colder temperatures. Plus, most people stay indoors watching television or on the computer, which also causes tight muscles. Taking just five minutes out of your day to stretch can make a huge difference. Whether it’s the first thing you do in the morning, the last thing you do before bed, or somewhere in between, stretching allows your body to wake up and wind down.

5. Do a guided meditation.

While it may not work for everyone, guided meditation helps some people feel more calm and present. And if you’ve never tried meditation before, winter is the perfect time to start. If you don’t know where to begin, start with a small book of meditation quotes and play soft spa music. There are also a variety of apps and websites that lead guided meditations. Incorporate meditation into your daily routine to help you feel calm and at ease.

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