5 Easy Winter Self Care Tips
Oh baby it’s cold out there! All that cold weather makes many of us want to hibernate and not come out till spring, but sadly that’s usually not an option. Dry skin, winter weight and the great flu season all make taking care of yourself during the winter months super important. Try these 5 tips to keep you healthy and happy all winter long.
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Try Goats Milk
Not to drink, but goats milk soaps and lotions are great for dry sensitive wintertime skin. A lot of commercial soap products dry out your skin and can make winter skin worse. Goats milk soap, on the other hand, has lactic acid to help slough off dead skin cells and glycerin to help keep your skin hydrated. Goats Milk Stuff is a family run company that has lots of goat milk options and can help guide you to the best lotions and soaps for your skin type.
Drinking water and staying hydrated has tons of health benefits but it is something we think about more in the summer than the winter. Starting your day with a glass or two of water will boost your immune will help you stay healthy all winter.
- Boost your immune system. Help stave off winter colds just by adding a few glasses of water a day.
- Keep your skin hydrated. Hydrate skin from the inside to avoid dry cracked skin.
- Avoid winter weight. Drinking water has been shown to boost your metabolism, which can help you avoid adding weight in the winter time.
Take Up Dancing
We tend to get less exercise in the winter and that can make you feel tired and blah. Dancing is one of the only ways I actually enjoy indoor exercise. Treadmills and stationary bikes don’t excite me at all, but a good beat and I can dance all night. If you want the fun of music but want something a little more structured, try taking a Zumba class. If you are a little shy, you can Zumba right in your living room.
The most important thing here is to find something that will keep you active, even if you can’t get outside.
Love Your Layers
Winter time has this annoying habit of being very cold out and since I work outdoors, I have found that layers are the way to go. If you are going to be outside for any length time it’s a good idea to put on some layers to keep your core temperature up.
Start with a base layer. Leggings can be a great base layer if you are only planning on being outside for an hour or so. If you are planning on a hike or a ski trip, a base layer with wicking properties is essential to keeping you warm and dry. I love Under Armor products but anything that is thin, wicks moisture, and sticks close to the body will make a good base layer.
Your middle layer should be your normal clothes with an emphasis on your chest area. I wear a vest every day in the winter to keep my chest warm. Often times I find the base layers, the vest and a hat and gloves are enough.
If it is really cold I have a pair of Carhartt overalls that I wear as a top layer with my regular jacket. Women’s winter gear is still way behind men’s but they are starting to come out with some cute options. However, in winter time, I am much more worried about staying warm than looking cute.
Don’t forget your hat and gloves! Keeping your extremities warm will help the rest of you stay warmer and you can avoid things like frostbite.
My final tip for surviving winter weather, carry dry socks. If your feet get wet you will be freezing in short order. A dry pair of socks can feel like heaven in the middle of winter.
Take a Virtual Trip
Grab a great book that is set some place tropical. Sit in a warm spot and let that book transport you to the Key West, the Bahamas or any tropical paradise. Much cheaper than a flight and will help you forget about the wind and snow outside of your window.
If you suffer from seasonal depression, check out my post 7 Ways to Battle Seasonal Depression for some great ideas to keep you happy all winter.