Winterize Your Self-care

I Heart Oils Winterize Your Self-care
If you live in a climate that includes cold winters, it is important to winterize your self-care routine. Winter can wreak havoc on your hair, skin, and lips. If you are a runner or a walker, outdoor conditions may disrupt your exercise routine. And, winter can be rough on emotional well-being. A little bit of thoughtful planning can keep your wellness goals on track all season long.

Winter Self-care Suggestions

  • Drink lots of water. It is important to stay hydrated in the winter. It will give you an immunity boost, help keep your skin healthy, and can even help you feel warmer since proper fluid intake helps regulate body temperature. Add a few drops of Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, or Wild Orange to your water for a burst of citrus that will remind you that warmer days are not too far away.
  • Keep moving. There are tons of exercises you can do right in your own home with little or no equipment. When the weather is good, head outside for a walk or run. Remember to bundle up in layers that can be removed as your body starts to heat up and always be careful of slippery sidewalks and roads. When it snows, workout by shoveling instead of using a snowblower.
  • Try a winter sport. Cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and even downhill skiing can burn a lot of calories and give you a great cardio workout. If your kids like sledding, join in on the fun. Walking up that sledding hill is great exercise.
  • Fill your plate with fruits and veggies. Great nutrition is important all year round. In the winter, getting the proper nutrients to boost your immune system can help you fight off seasonal threats.
  • Make skin care a priority. Cold and wind can both contribute to excessive dryness for your skin. Staying hydrated and getting good nutrition will help, but you'll want to make sure you are moisturizing frequently as well. Also, just because it's winter doesn't mean you can stop using sunscreen. While their intensity may be lessened this time of year, the sun's rays are still damaging.
  • Protect your lips. This one is simple - keep lip balm with you at all times and apply it often. I also recommend using a lip scrub weekly or as needed.
  • Protect your hair. Wear a hat to protect your hair from the cold, wetness, and wind. Use a good conditioner on your hair and give your scalp an olive oil massage once in a while. Warm some olive oil, add a couple of drops of Roman Chamomile, and massage it into your scalp. Leave it for 1-2 hours and then rinse with water.
  • Get plenty of rest. Let's face it, winter can be a little dreary at times. Proper sleep can contribute to a positive mood and outlook that will help you get through those long, cold months.
  • Take time to relax. Whether it's through mediation, yoga, listening to music, reading, or working on a hobby, make sure you find time to do things that help you relax. This can be especially important in the first part of winter during the holiday rush. Relaxation is important to your mental and emotional wellness.

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