Taking care of your mental health is super important all year round.
But, the winter can see your mental health deteriorate due to the cold weather, darker days and increase in social occasions during the holidays.
So, this makes self-care for mental health during winter super important!
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Self-Care For Mental Health During Winter
Self-care is a necessary part of life for everyone!
You must take care of yourself to be happy, healthy and energized.
Without self-care you will feel tired, unhappy, low mood, unwell, like you just need a break from it all.
This may be how you feel right now?
Ultimately, self-care is what you have to do to take care of your everyday needs to feel happy and healthy.
So, let’s take a look at what you can do during the winter to care for your mental health.
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During the winter I know you don’t feel like going outside as much. But it is important to get daylight onto your skin and breath fresh air.
During the winter daylight/sunlight is lacking which causes a reduction in Vitamin D and Serotonin in the body. This reduction causes you to feel tired with a low mood.
So, get outside for the health benefits it will bring you.
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To counteract the low sunlight in winter you can use a light therapy lamp.
The light therapy lamp works by easing symptoms of seasonal depression and increasing energy.
You can get light therapy lamps on Amazon, like this one here.
Exercise produces the feel good hormone serotonin.
It is important to keep active throughout winter to boost serotonin and to keep fit and healthy.
Exercise is not just to lose weight but to keep your body functioning optimally.
During the winter you will notice you start to crave more carbs and sugar laden foods. This is normal during the winter, but reach for the healthy carbs.
Go for foods like oats, beans, quinoa and fruit. And don’t eat too much chocolate and pastries.
A junk food diet has been linked to poor mental health, so be sure to reduce your processed food consumption.
There are many supplements that can help with your mental health. But during the winter months it is a good idea to take supplements that help with your immune system, serotonin and magnesium.
Please consult with your Dr before adding any new supplement to your diet.
Take hot, relaxing baths filled with magnesium flakes or epsom salts.
The hot bath and salts will relax your mind and body making you feel refreshed.
I like these magnesium flakes here.
If you have ever had a massage you will know how good it makes you feel without knowing the actual benefits.
Massage is a great form of self care for your body and mind. If you can’t get someone to give you a massage you can do one yourself.
Buy a lovely essential oil infused oil and spend time massaging your legs, arms, shoulders, stomach and neck. Light some candles and make it a weekly ritual for you.
Take care of your body and use a delicious face mask, body scrub, foot soak etc.
When you take care of your body you value it and yourself.
Spend at least 30 minutes per week dedicated to you.
Spending more time indoors can get boring and you may find yourself binging on t.v, Netflix and social media.
All that blue light from t.v and your phone is no good for your brain and mental health. So, opt for a good book and take the opportunity to learn more about mental health, mindset and personal growth.
Put on your favorite music, sing and dance around your house! This is sure to raise your vibe to make you feel good and also to get you moving.
I made a playlist called “high vibes” that I listen to daily to make me feel awesome.
Hot, warming drinks are perfect in winter for digestion and comfort.
But, stop and think before you buy the sugar laden drinks from the coffee shop, they are no good for your health. Opt for sugar free Matcha latte, hot cacao, turmeric latte and herbal teas.
Herbal drinks are a great way to support your health and well-being.
Candles are a great way to relax and unwind in the evening. Light them in the bath, during massage or when reading.
My favorite candles are always non-toxic, as candles can burn off toxic chemicals into the air which you then inhale.
I like candles like this one here.
Wrap up in fluffy blankets, pajamas, jumpers and slippers. It feels so good to be cozy and warm inside on a winters day.
Feel the fluffy material against your skin and take deep breaths to relax into your sofa.
Take advantage of the down time during winter to plan out your goals and dream for the year ahead.
Planning your goals and dreams gives you something to work towards and be excited for.
Plus writing down your goals and dreams makes you more inclined to achieve them.
During winter your body can be lacking in nutrients which can lead to fatigue and depression.
A great way to assure you get enough nutrients is to drink daily juices. My favorites are; carrot, celery, carrot and ginger.
Essential oils have so many benefits for mental health and well-being. They can really help you to relax and de-stress.
I like to carry essential oil blends in roller balls to apply them when I need them most.
Meditation is a proven way to relax the mind and body. When you meditate your stresses melt away and you become present in the moment.
There is plenty of time to meditate during the day, even 5 minutes will help you!
Mindfulness techniques are a great way to train the brain into thinking positively.
By practicing mindfulness you are becoming present in the here and now, which decreases anxiety and depression.
I am a huge advocate of mindfulness as it is what helped me most in my recovery from depression and anxiety. Which is why my guide, Free Your Mind, teaches how to use mindfulness to create a positive mindset.
It goes without saying that sleep is so important for your health and well-being.
Make sure you are going to bed early enough to get 8 hours of solid sleep.
Sleep is a time when your body recuperates and rests, so please don’t skimp on it.
Social connection has been proven to increase happiness and health. So, make sure to schedule time for friends and family even though all you want to do is curl up indoors.
So, there you have it…