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Self-Care Tips For Winter

Safeguarding your physical and mental well-being during the colder months is vital. While the temptation to hibernate might be strong, we must all press on and continue with our daily lives, regardless of icy conditions.
Winter can play havoc with a number of things, including your skin, hair, immune system and mental health. Here are some ways you can practise a little extra self-care so you can pull through the shorter days and longer nights with health and happiness.
Skincare
As the weather changes from hot and humid to cold and arid, you may need to adjust your skincare routine. The drop in temperature may cause your skin to become more dry and sensitive, requiring more moisture and less exfoliation. It can also exacerbate conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, so extra care and attention is needed. Switch to a soothing cleansing balm, use a richer moisturiser and consider regular hydrating face masks to combat dryness and irritation.
Hair Care
Like your skin, your hair also becomes prone to dying out during the colder months. Limit your wash days to avoid stripping your tresses of their natural protecting oils. However, when you do wash your locks, replenish moisture levels by using oil treatments and deep conditioning masks and avoid heat styling when possible. You may also wish to invest in a humidifier to add moisture to the air, protecting your hair, skin and lips.
Healthy Eating
During winter, we all crave warm comfort food. Particularly in December, treats are rife and healthy eating habits often take a back seat. While having a little bit of what you fancy can be wonderful for your sense of mental well-being, the importance of nourishing your body with healthy food and plenty of water cannot be overstated. It may be worth purchasing multivitamins to ensure you’re getting enough vitamin D, vitamin C and iron - your immune system will thank you.
Move Your Body
Heading out to the gym on a cold day is probably the last thing on your mind; however, a spot of moderate exercise can do wonders. You don’t need to break a sweat with regular HIIT workouts, but gently moving your body with yoga, swimming, or even a brisk walk will help to boost your mood and make you less susceptible to winter bugs and viruses.
Readjust Your Sleeping Pattern
Readjusting your sleeping pattern is easier said than done. Still, it can be tremendously effective for keeping away the winter blues. Once the clocks go back, don’t force yourself out of bed until you’re ready and gradually adjust your sleep cycle in accordance with daylight hours. Melatonin supplements could also help to keep your circadian rhythms in sync.
Treat Yourself To Some Winter Clothes
Treating yourself to some new clothes can be incredibly rewarding when you’re feeling a little low. The thrill of wearing a new item is made all the sweeter when you know your garment is high-quality, making you look and feel fantastic. Consider weather-appropriate attire in the form of a , cashmere gloves or some durable leather winter boots. When cared for correctly, these natural, durable fabrics will last for years, making them well worth the investment.
Start Every Day With Something Warm
A hug of something hot and steamy is a fantastic way to kickstart your morning. Caffeinated beverages such as tea and coffee can increase your energy levels and give you a healthy dose of morning dopamine. That said, too much caffeine can play havoc with your sleep patterns, so attempt to consume it in moderation. When you’re struck by the inevitable winter sniffles, a comforting hot drink with freshly squeezed lemon and a tablespoon of naturally antibacterial raw honey can soothe your throat and cut through congestion.
Reach Out
While most of us feel a little less optimistic when the days are shorter, feeling especially low during winter could be an indicator of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). The first step in safeguarding your mental well-being is reaching out either to loved ones or medical professionals. Staying connected and spending time with your nearest and dearest could vastly improve your mood. SAD can be treated in several ways, including cognitive behavioural therapy, medication and light therapy, so don’t hesitate to book an appointment with your GP if your mood is persistently low.
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