Warm Up with these 8 Winter Inspired Self Care Ideas

As exciting as the lights and holiday flavored beverages are, the winter season can bring a lot of unwanted stress.  It is easy to become overworked and tired with the seemingly never-ending bustle to fit everything in. These 8 activities are not only great for self care but they are also wintery and sure to get you in the holiday spirit!

Stop worrying about the holidays and start taking care of yourself!

 

1. Take a winter walk

Getting outside and into the fresh air can help to calm and relax you.  Taking a walk is a nice way to enjoy the winter season. If you have a dog, going for a walk can be a lot more rewarding of an experience.  

Whether you go for a walk around the block or on winter hiking trails, getting outside is one of the easiest ways to take care of yourself in the winter season.  Just make sure to dress appropriately for the weather!

2. Play in the snow

Although this one might sound a little silly, having a snowball fight with friends, making a snowman, or doing snow angels, can be a fun way to recharge over the holidays.  Just because it is cold and snowy doesn’t mean that you have to stay inside. Instead, try to embrace some things that this kind of weather brings.

3. Try a winter sport

There are loads of winter sports that are not only good for your health but also good for your well being.  Snowmobiling or snowboarding could be fun if you are looking for a high energy fast-paced sport. On the other hand, there are also winter sports like cross-country skiing, or sledding for a more relaxed time.

Other winter sports that you might find interesting could be, skating, snowshoeing, or even curling!

4. Set up holiday decorations

Christmas lights and decorations can be a fun way to get into the holiday spirit.  You can experiment with different kinds of decor or you could even make your own. Regardless, hanging lights and ornaments can be a relaxing activity that you can do by yourself or with friends and family.  

5. Write holiday cards

When you think self care, you probably don’t think about writing a card for someone else.  The great part about writing holiday cards is that you can take time to express your gratitude for the people around you.  Gratitude is also so beneficial to your well-being that acknowledging it can very well boost your mood.

There’s nothing better than receiving a meaningful and thoughtful card.

6. Make DIY gifts

Most DIY projects are pretty easy and cheap to do, making DIY gifts is no different.  

Pinterest is the perfect place to find easy to make gifts that can suit anyone.  Similar to writing holiday cards, DIY gifts can also be used to help remind yourself of the gratitude you have for the receiver.

7. Sit by the fireplace

When it is cold outside the perfect place to be is curled up in a blanket nice and warm.  Now not everyone has a fireplace to sit by but there are lots of videos of them if you’re looking for the whole experience.  Otherwise just snuggling up in a blanket and relaxing can do.

8. Make hot chocolate and cookies

What’s the best thing on a cold winter afternoon? A hot drink of course!

Not only is it nice to slow down and sip a hot chocolate but homemade cookies are also great.  Self care is the best when it’s slow and intention and not to mention delicious.

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Winter self care can be extra important because the holidays can take a lot out of you.  The holidays are always really busy, from running around to get gifts, to making the feasts, it is important to slow down and take care of yourself.  Use self care to recharge and feel better.

What’s your favorite way to take care of yourself during the holidays?  I know I definitely love to curl up in a huge blanket with a good book when its cold outside.  Plus a huge blanket means room to share and I have a dog who will gladly snuggle up with me!


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Learn to be Grateful, 11 Gratitude Quotes to Inspire You


Gratitude is a powerful force for change.  When we take time to express our gratitude, we feel happier, more hopeful, and more connected to our world.  Happiness is something that everyone seeks and gratitude allows us to find it. Gratitude is all about acknowledging the things that make us feel whole.  


These gratitude quotes are sure to leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside!



Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.

- William Arthur Ward




As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

- John F. Kennedy


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Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.

- William Arthur Ward


Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.

- Melody Beattie


I am happy because I'm grateful. I choose to be grateful. That gratitude allows me to be happy.

- Will Arnett

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Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.

- Henry Van Dyke



Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.

- Zig Ziglar



It's wonderful to be grateful. To have that gratitude well out from deep within you and pour out in waves. Once you truly experience this, you will never want to give it up.

- Srikumar Rao



Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.

- Henri Frederic Amiel


When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.

- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy.

- Henri Nouwen


Are you feeling a little more inspired and ready to take on the day?

Leave a comment telling me one thing you are grateful for today!

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