With fall coming to an end, winter on the horizon and holidays right around the corner, it’s time to think about self-care! Taking time for self-care rituals are important during stressful seasons and dry climates. With all the hustle and bustle, we’ve put together a list of amazing products to try and ways to take care of yourself this holiday season and through the winter.
Make bath time a spa getaway
Transforms a simple nightly shower or bath into a spa retreat with aromatherapy, bath bombs, candles and soft music. “Hey, Alexa! Play meditation music!” Aromatherapy has been shown to reduce stress and lift moods. Try a few drops of essential oils such as lavender, eucalyptus, ylang ylang or a citrus such as grapefruit.
Studies have shown how important it is to do something for yourself! If you’ve had your eye on that sweater, cozy PJs or a new face cream, give yourself permission to indulge a little. You work hard and you deserve to reap the benefits of your hard work. The Holidays are about giving, and you are included on that “giving list!”
Don't forget your H2O! Drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated. Our bodies and skin need more water in dry seasons. If water is hard for you to be enthused about, try adding sliced citrus fruits, mint or cucumbers to a BPA-free infused water bottle.
Plan a Spa Day (at Home)
Can’t get out for a facial or a massage? Get the same effect at home by giving yourself a spa-quality DIY facial. Try GLOW sheet masks for professional quality results.
Make a space in your home for a treadmill, yoga, a spin cycle or take time out for a walk, hike or a bike ride. Find your passion in whatever moves you and make the investment in yourself. Daily exercise is not only good for you, but it will lift your mood and increase your blood flow.
Take Time for Creativity
Photography, painting, reupholstering a chair, sewing, or even an hour with a coloring book is a great way to express yourself, relax and get in touch with your creative side.
Spend Time Outside in Nature
There are so many healthy benefits to being outside in your garden, “forest bathing” or just hiking and getting fresh air. Spending time in nature leads to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, lower blood pressure and a lower pulse rate.
Take a Device Detox
If you can, take a weekend away from your laptop, work, Instagram, Facebook, etc. I know, we all love our smartphones, but sometimes it’s just healthy to take a break from technology, news, social media and the “infinite scroll” to give your eyes, brain and sleeping schedule a healthy break from system overload. Instead, take some time to read a book or poetry. Good recommendations are The Midnight Library, Where the Crawdads Sing, Little Fires Everywhere, Untamed or The Four Agreements.
Get Plenty of Rest
Make your bed and bedroom your sanctuary for the best sleep of your life! Indulge in comfy sheets, pillows and relaxing sounds if you need it. Sleep is an essential function that allows your body and mind to recharge, leaving you refreshed and alert when you wake up. Healthy sleep also helps the body remain healthy and stave off diseases.