It’s not always easy to change gear when the months go from bright to brrrr, especially in this crazy time. So here are our FIVE TOP SELF-CARE HABITS to help you neatly sidestep any seasonal depressions that may be laying in wait for you.
Yes, things have been rough for everyone - the bottom line is that it is up to you, to do what you can with what you have from where you are right now. In other words, just because the weather is miserable, doesn’t mean you should be! But you do need to allow your body to slow down a little bit, as it is a natural cycle of life and fighting it can never do you any good in the long-term, as it only harms the body.
If you go with the winter flow, you will find yourself naturally surviving the cold, until you can get into the spring flow again!
Selfcare Suggestion #1: SLOW DOWN
It is natural as the weather cools, to feel a little slower than in the warmer weather. Learn to listen to your body, and instead of pushing it with caffeine and so-called discipline, allow yourself to be a little more gentle with yourself, and to go a little slower.
Your body is wonderfully in tune with the seasons, and as the days get shorter there are a number of natural changes that occur:
• The metabolism ratchets down a little
• Energy levels drop somewhat
• The body benefits from more sleep.
There are some simple changes you can make which include:
• If your body feels a little less strong, take your cues from what it is telling you, and take your exercise routine down a little notch. You’re allowed!
• Be aware of the blue light emitted from your devices in the hours before bedtime. Perhaps get blue light blockers, and if you cant, then use the golden night-light on all your devices.
• Go to bed a little earlier.
• And allow yourself to sleep a little longer.
• And winter is the time when your body may ask you for more fats, and to eat more in general – this is a good thing, and the little bit of extra weight in winter, will naturally fall off towards the spring.
Selfcare Suggestion #2: STRE-E-ETCH!
Take a cue from your pets, and stretch. Stretching daily helps the bones and muscles from weakening during the cold weather and its natural periods of inactivity.
Not only when you rise in the morning, or before exercising, but generally and throughout the day. And the deep breathing that accompanies stretching is also vital, not only while stretching, but all the time.
Do some basic Yoga stretches IN BED, like this one, online in a great guide by Stephanie Mansour of CNN.
Lying-Down Starfish Pose:
Similar to standing goddess pose, lying down in a starfish position opens up the chest, lungs, back and torso. To perform this pose, simply reach your arms overhead while lying in bed, and stretch your legs out long. Open your legs wider than your hips, and open your arms out further than your shoulders. Stretch through your fingers and toes as far as you can.
Click here for more wonderful wake-up stretches in the rest of this article!
Selfcare Suggestion #3: SIP!
Fatigue, headaches, and just generally feeling sluggish often come hand in hand with drier or older looking skin, and ALL of those are signs of dehydration. So… get your liquids in! Dehydration in winter is something to be avoided and it is easy and delicious to do so when we can get what we need through easy teas!!
NOTE: while we should hydrate morning, noon, and evening, we do need to be aware that the mornings are especially important as the body dehydrates during the night.
Turmeric tea is one awesome way to hydrate, as well as bringing numerous other self-caring benefits...
And Turmeric Itself Is Highly Effective To
Boost Your Whole Body Through Winter:
1) Turmeric is a potent pain killer
Current research indicates that inflammation contributes in some part to nearly every major disease, so preventing inflammation is a significant health practice. Turmeric, or rather the curcumin it contains, has anti-inflammatory properties that relieve symptoms from conditions caused by inflammation.
2) Turmeric detoxes the liver
Turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic practices for centuries as a way to help cleanse the liver as well as the digestive system. Both need to be functioning well in order to eliminate toxins from the body. Overconsumption of alcohol, insufficient water intake, and an imbalanced diet can really take a toll on the liver. Luckily it is a resilient organ designed to heal quickly when treated right. Turmeric has remarkable liver protective and regenerative properties, which aid your wellbeing.
3) Turmeric improves Digestion
Turmeric has been used for years to help the digestive system. It also acts as a natural diuretic, so it will help your body purge any excess fluid, including excess sodium, which can help with your blood pressure and overall weight.
Click here tread more about the golden magic of this healing root.
Selfcare Suggestion #4: SOOTHE YOUR SKIN
Talking of hydrating from the inside AND getting your daily dose of turmeric, lets think about taking some me-time to care for your skin, in a way that is natural and cost-efficient.
Have you tried turmeric for your skin-care routine? It is wonderfully effective!
Being an excellent exfoliating agent, turmeric can help renew the skin, and eliminate signs of ill care, and of aging. Turmeric powder has been used for centuries as a part of a beauty regimen. Even today In India, brides and grooms undergo a ceremony where they are scrubbed with turmeric to make their skins glow.
You can make a paste by mixing besan (gram flour) and turmeric powder in equal proportions with water. This paste can also be prepared using raw milk or yoghurt. Apply it evenly on your face and body and allow it to dry. Scrub your face gently in circular motion. Rinse off with lukewarm water. Read more of these tips in our blog post “Beautiful Turmeric, Beautiful You.”
Selfcare Suggestion #5: SWITCH OFF
Yes, this is probably the most challenging one for all of us but it may also be the most important: we need to switch off from our devices and allow our eyes and minds to rest from all the texts, emails, notifications, and all the things we search all day. There is a lot research proving that heavy device use can create physical and mental health problems, stress, insecurity, depression, and sleep disorders. Incoming and outgoing, we have to realise that we really do not need to be in constant contact with the world, when a little respite will be so good for us.
“Present-moment awareness” can be incredibly soothing and is a cornerstone of self-care.
Good Times To Turn Off:
• During work tasks that allow for it
• In transitional moments like walking from one place to another
• During your bathroom downtimes
Tips For Turning Off:
• Make a couple of times in the day to check in on the socials. Maybe late morning and late afternoon would be better than constantly scouring the different apps.
• When you turn off your workday, unless there is a deadline, there is no need to constantly check emails, messages and voicemails.
• Before going to bed, take the phone into the other room. The dirty electricity and EMF (electro-magnetic frequencies) are extremely disruptive to quality sleep.
• Unwind by reading a book before bed instead of that constant scrolling.
• When you wake up, take some time before turning on your phone. Have a quiet cuppa and a stretch, and allow your mind to slowly come into the day, instead of blaring blue light into your eyes and being inundated with the frazzling input of the outside world.
I hope that something in this post resonated with you, and wish you a season full of heart-warming and healthy self-love!
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