As much as I try to embrace the seasons, every year I find it difficult to adjust to the colder months. Spring is my absolute favourite time of year. It’s those light early mornings and the feeling of warmth that I really miss in autumn and winter – I’m sure a few of you can relate. This year I’ve been working on changing my mindset, I don’t want to be wishing the days away until late March when we finally creep into longer days. I want to feel good regardless of the season!
Self care is something I’ve always been passionate about. I remember studying positive psychology at uni. The main message was that being kind to yourself is actually the opposite of selfish, as you’re able to help others when you’re feeling your best. I absolutely agree.
Setting boundaries is key to self-care. It’s learning not to over commit to things you don’t want to do, and putting your self, mental health and overall wellbeing first. Autumn is usually a busy time of year, which some can thrive on. If it all feels a little too much, take a step back and put the boundaries in place that you need.
I’m on a mission to go on as many walks as possible, despite the weather. I basically try to get out of the house or indoors when I can, and although it’s starting to get chilly, the fresh air really does make me feel good. It’s a really amazing form of self care in the winter months, it boosts my mood and helps me feel good for the day. Plus it’s a nice contrast to the warm and cosy indoors, and makes me appreciate the time to rest that comes with the winter months.
One of the biggest things for me is how hard it is to get up in the mornings when it’s so dark. I don’t feel refreshed or energised even though I’m getting a good eight hours sleep! The Lumie Light Bodyclock Glow 150 has changed this straight away, it mimics the sunrise and sunset so when we wake up in the morning the room is filled with light which makes it so much easier to get out of bed and feel refreshed. I could waffle on about this for an entire post, so if you want an update in a month or so then let me know, I just cannot recommend it enough if you struggle with the transition into winter. It’s also an alarm clock and has sleep/ wake sounds, I don’t have my phone by my bed anymore for the alarm which is also nice as I’ve got out of the habit of scrolling through social media just before I go to bed and as soon as I wake up.
Something else that’s really helped me feel good is having more pamper sessions and looking after my skin on a daily basis. I’ve been burning my favourite candles, using face masks and spending time to make my home and bathroom feel clean and cosy which makes all the difference. I have just published my Winter Evening Skincare Picks and I have been religiously spending more time on my skin both morning and night to try and combat the dehydration. The rest of my body also feels dry without taking care out it, I’ve been using the Rituals Ayurveda collection which feels so luxurious (my favourite thing from the collection is the foaming shower gel, this was in the shower when I took these photos). The scent for the collection is sweet almond oil and indian rose, it’s really warming and makes the 6am showers so much more bearable.
I’ve noticed I’m much more sociable in the summer months and I’ve been determined to carry that into the winter. I’m making more of an effort to keep intouch with family and friends which honestly feels so good, even if it’s taking an hour out of my evening to FaceTime it’s always worth it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for the hygge notion, but I do think that needs to be balanced with spending time with loved ones (albeit over FaceTime) and trying to stay connected as much as possible
The last thing is something I’ve neglected this year, but I know exercise is one of the main things that makes me feel good. Rewind to my teenage days and I would do everything I could to avoid exercise, I haven’t always enjoyed it and even now it’s still hard to get into a proper routine. I tend to go to the gym only a couple of times week straight from work (leaving the warm house to drive to the gym at 7pm rarely happens). Thinking about how good I feel after exercise is what motivates me to go. My husband worked away all over Christmas and winter last year and I got into the routine of going to the gym most days in the run up to our wedding, this definitely saved me from feeling rubbish over winter and gave me something positive to focus on.
If you’re a regular reader you’ll know I love a gratitude journal and always try to focus on being thankful for what I do have. In autumn and winter this becomes even more important. It’s a way to focus on the things I do love about the new season, and keep my spirits lifted!
It’s not been easy moving into the cold months, but looking after myself and sticking with these things is already making me feel noticeable more positive and has definitely made a difference.
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