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Set yourself up for a cozy winter: 3 Self Help Steps to Take Now before the Cold Winter Sets In
Self-care in the winter is just as vital to your happiness and health as it is the rest of the year.
The problem is, that it is harder to achieve during this cold and dark time of year. Many suffer from a lack of motivation to exercise or even go outside when it requires bundling all up. Often times I get in a total funk come mid-January when the end of winter is nowhere in site and my motivation to think about my needs and happiness are at an all-time low. Additionally, as a mom of three very little kids, I find by this point they are also going stir crazy and we all get sick of all the indoor time.
I found success this past winter in maintaining my sense of peace and happiness after a little soul-searching. I read a quote one day that said, “you can’t pour from an empty cup” and a light bulb went off. I knew that if I was going to help coach my kids through the next few months of cold, I needed to care for my needs better than I had. Just a little planning ahead of time and I am ready to care for my needs and stay positive throughout this season for my family and my own sake.
Find a hot beverage you love and stock up for the winter.
Whether you are a coffee lover or enjoy a warm mug of chai, find something you love and make sure you have it on hand. A warm beverage with a book, a bath or some quiet can really warm your soul from the inside out. Often the holidays bring lots of sales, so be on the lookout for great prices and take advantage of the sales. Alternatively, keep things exciting by finally trying those drinks you see on Instagram that make you drool. You know the Matcha Latte type pictures? Research a few new warm beverages you’d like to try and get organized to be able to do some experimenting over the long, cold winter months.
Make sure you have what you need to stay warm all winter long.
Do you have slippers and a bathrobe for staying cozy indoors? Often we think about having our winter coat and gloves available for being out and about, but what about when you are stuck indoors? Invest in some wool socks and other things to keep you bundled and able to not feel cold in your house.
Start a vision board to focus on over the winter.
We can’t change the weather but we can focus on something else. Make a vision board for your upcoming year. A vision board is a collection of pictures and/or quotes that inspire you. Ask yourself, what do you want this upcoming year to look like? Then find images and quotes that depict that. Focusing on setting goals for yourself can lift your spirits and take your mind off of the cold and dreary winter. Vision boards also help motivate you to stay focused on your goals. Try Pinterest, it is a great place to create a vision board!
For more great tips, including details on how to get started and what you need to create your own vision board; head over to meet my friend Chandra at Journey to Bravery.
All in all, the winter months can bring on a lack of motivation and an onset of unhappy feelings. While it’s common, it doesn’t have to be this way. Set yourself up for a successful winter season now before it’s even an issue.
Jenn of SimplyOnEden.com is a mom of three young children, five chickens, and wife to her adventurous husband. She worked in the corporate world as a successful sales director for nearly a decade before deciding to pursue her dream of working for herself. She has always been passionate about fostering individual development in children. They are a family who loves adventures, are committed to eating sustainably and living an overall healthy lifestyle. SimplyOnEden is a lifestyle blog for families looking to be their best selves by simplifying their lives and living them to the fullest.