5 Cozy Ideas for Winter Self Care

Winter is such a love-it-or-hate-it time of year. For some of us, winter is snowflakes, hot chocolate and cable-knit sweaters. For others, it’s dry skin, cold feet and getting up early to scrape the windshield.

Whether you’re looking forward to autumn leaves turning to frost-adorned branches or counting down the days till spring, it’s impossible to argue that winter doesn’t come with its own set of challenges. Dark winters can take their toll, physically, mentally and emotionally. Fortunately, we have some whole-body self care ideas that will help see you through.

1. Try restorative yoga.

Winter might be the hardest time of year to get moving, but it’s as vital as ever. If your body starts to feel heavy and tired from a lack of exercise, try engaging in a stretching or yoga practice on a daily basis.

2. Embrace hibernation.

Winter is a wonderful opportunity to retreat inward and enter “rest and reflect” mode. If the sun going down at 5 p.m. makes you want to bundle up in pajamas and enjoy a bowl of soup on the couch, you’re not the only one. Winter was made for cozy moments like this!

woman holding hot drink by fireplace

3. Start dry brushing.

Cold temperatures and dry winter air have the tendency to suck the moisture right out of our skin. Dry brushing can help remedy this by boosting circulation, stimulating the lymphatic system and removing dead skin. Follow with a coconut oil massage. It’ll feel delicious!

4. Get festive.

Whether or not you enjoy the holidays, there is something truly special about celebrating the changing seasons. Start by making your home smell more festive ━ light a beeswax candle, warm cinnamon sticks on the stove ━ or turning on a seasonal playlist.

5. Warm your belly.

Feel chilled to your bones? Indulge in a nourishing hot drink. We especially love this Hormone-Balancing Hot Chocolate and this Turmeric Chai Latte. Bonus points if you make one for a friend and go for a long walk outside.

125 comments

Maria P
Martha P1 months ago

many thanks

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Helen C
Helen C1 months ago

Hibernating is good

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Jessica K
Jessica K2 months ago

I like hibernating. Thanks.

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Frances G
Carla G3 months ago

thanks for the article

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Jan K
Jan S3 months ago

Thanks very much

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Shirley P
Shirley Plowman3 months ago

COZY IDEAS, KUDOS!

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Maria P
Martha P3 months ago

thank you

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Amparo Fabiana C

Yoga and stretching. Hibernation is amazing, drink hot black tea.

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Greta L
Alice L4 months ago

Thank you for sharing

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Latoya B
Latoya Brookins4 months ago

I should use the cold as motivation to walk a lot. It's too hot in the summer.

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