Embracing the Chill: 42 Winter Self-Care Ideas to Try This Season

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42 Winter Self-Care Ideas to Nurture Your Well-Being

When the days get shorter and the weather gets cooler, it is easy to want to go into hibernation mode. 

After all, 5 PM feels like bedtime so being productive is even more of an uphill battle than normal.

I know all I want to do is sit under a cozy blanket with a cup of tea and either read a book or watch some reality TV. 

But it is important to stick to your routine and take care of yourself even in the wintertime. 

What is self-care?

Self-care means doing things that will help you feel relaxed and worthy. It’s the act of self-love because it’s all about taking care of yourself.

Self-care practices can be anything from taking bubble baths to watching your favorite TV show. It’s anything that nurtures your physical and/or mental well-being.

Spending time every single day taking care of yourself will encourage positive feelings and prove to yourself that you care about your needs.

The Benefits of Self-care

There are many benefits to incorporating self-care into your daily routine. Even five minutes a day can make a huge difference. Some benefits include:

  • Prevents Burnout
  • Improves Well-being
  • Increases feelings of self-love
  • More self-awareness
  • Increases resilience 
  • Promotes Healthy Habits
  • Increases Focus and Productivity
  • Increases feelings of Happiness

So with all these potential benefits, it is worthwhile to give it a go. If you aren’t sure where to start, a self-care planner can be the perfect place to keep track of all the self-care activities you’re trying and to see what is working and what isn’t.

Winter Self-care Ideas

There are many ways to incorporate self care into your routine. I split up the below ideas for self-care activities into a few different categories: home, personal growth, nature, health, classic spa day ideas, and relationships.

I would suggest picking a category that will benefit you the most right now and running with it. If you want to hibernate more than usual, that’s okay, maybe cozying up your space is what you need right now.

Or maybe you need that human connection so you need to make the effort to reach out to the people you care about. It is really going to depend on what is on your heart right now.

After all, self-care looks different for everyone so you have to do what is best for you.

Home, the Koselig Korner

Embrace the Norweigan concept of “koselig” by creating a warm and inviting atmosphere at home so this category is all about cozying up your home.

The coziness will not only keep you warm physically but also create a soothing environment for your mental well-being.

1. Invest in soft blankets

If you’re tired and need to recharge your battery, doing so under a nice, soft warm blanket may be exactly what you need. 

On top of that, having soft blankets will provide that cozy vibe that you’re desiring.

2. Light scented candles

There is something about having the ambiance of a flickering candle that adds a little extra coziness and calmness to what you’re doing. To make it a self-care activity, you can pair it with something else you enjoy like reading a fiction novel or watching TV.

It’s a great way to jump on the popular trend of romanticizing your life as well.

3. Have some plush pillows

When you’re resting and recharging, having a nice, soft squishy pillow to lie on makes all the difference. We have these super soft plushy winter throw pillows we take out around Christmas every year and I definitely look forward to it.

I really need to find some for every season because I love relaxing on the couch with these pillows and reading a book or journaling. 

4. Declutter your wardrobe

Winter is the perfect time to go through your wardrobe because there is less going on. Everyone wants to be home so I find myself at home more with an open weekend at this time of year.

5. Organize rooms in your home

If you feel like your wardrobe is good to go, you can also organize that cabinet you’ve been putting off or that room that is missing that extra something. 

6. Create a sanctuary for you to recharge

It’s important to have an area in your home where you truly feel at peace and can relax. It doesn’t have to be a whole room, a certain area works too. 

Personal Growth – Mindfulness and Winter Reflection

Ahhh, the power of slowing down. Practice mindfulness to stay present and appreciate the beauty of the winter season. After all, mindfulness can help reduce stress and enhance your overall well-being.

7. Meditation

Meditation is honestly something that I want to get into but it’s on that never-ending to-do list that I keep putting off. 

However, there are so many benefits to meditating, it is something that we should all at least try especially if you’re looking for a new self-care activity. 

8. Gratitude

This is one of the easiest things that you can incorporate into your routine because it’s so quick and easy. When you focus on the positive, it is so much easier to see the good in everyday little moments.

What I like to do is to think of three things that I’m grateful for from the day before. It forces me to pay attention to the little moments throughout the day that are special like enjoying a cup of tea, having some alone time, or when my husband gives me a hug after a long day. 

It may seem insignificant in the hustle of everyday life but these moments are truly what matters.

It literally takes less than a minute most of the time and I definitely have felt a difference in my outlook.

9. Journaling

Journaling is a great way to get your thoughts out of your head and onto paper. It’s easy to evaluate them when you write them down versus if you let them swirl around in your head. 

Especially if you’re an overthinker, journaling can be a great way to calm your mind. If not, journaling is a great way to get over other mindset blocks or discover more about yourself. 

10. Alone time

As introverts, we need alone time. It’s how we recharge our batteries after all so it is imperative that you make sure you have some time to yourself. It will be different for everyone how much time you need but you need this time to recharge so you’re able to tackle whatever life throws at you.

11. set Goals

New Year falls in winter (if you live in the Northern Hemisphere) so it’s the perfect time to evaluate what you want to accomplish over the upcoming year. 

Now, I have mixed feelings about New Year’s Resolutions because oftentimes they are vague, strict, and get forgotten about rather quickly but I don’t think it’s a bad thing to spend some time reflecting and visualizing what you want for the new year or even the next month. 

If 12 months is a little overwhelming, you’re allowed to break it down to what feels more doable for you but set some goals that you’d like to accomplish.

12. Create a routine

Now is the time to look at your routine and decide if you like it or not. After all, if you’re expecting change, your routine is the first place you should look because you can’t do the same things and expect different results. (That is the definition of insanity). 

So ask yourself, are there any habits that aren’t serving you? What do you need to do on a daily basis to reach that dream life you’re envisioning or that goal of yours?

13. Indulge in hot beverages like teas, cocoa, coffee, or spiced lattes. 

There’s something inherently comforting about holding a warm mug and taking the time to slow down. Especially this time of year because it feels like it warms your soul. 

14. Read a book (next to a cozy fireplace is optional)

If reading is your thing, now is the time to snuggle up under a cozy blanket, next to a fire if you can swing it and get lost in other people’s stories. 

15. Learn a new skill

With the internet, it is so easy to learn something new, and better yet, there are so many free resources out there. Between YouTube and the power of Google, you can learn about whatever is on your heart. 

16. Try a new hobby

Having a hobby is so important for your well-being. Contrary to what hustle culture wants you to believe, not everything needs to be monetized. You can do things simply because they bring you joy. 

And if you haven’t found your thing yet, try something new. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to keep doing it but then you’re one step closer to finding that thing that is going to light you up.

17. Listen to music

Turn on some music and dance or cry or just enjoy the calming sounds of the artist singing. Music can be a powerful tool. It can help you focus, it can make you feel something and it is just enjoyable to listen to.

18. Rest

Yes, I’m putting rest on this list of ideas because it is so important. On average, adults need 7 hours of sleep per night so try to prioritize this as best as you can. 

If you feel tired, maybe you need a nap or to sleep in and that’s okay. 

Enjoy Nature

Don’t let the cold weather keep you indoors. Bundle up and venture outside. This may sound a little woo woo but there is something about being outside in nature that makes humans feel more grounded and connected to their purpose.

19. Walk in the cold

There’s something about the crisp air that can make you feel more alert and awake and fresh air is good anytime of the year.

Even though it’s not as appealing to go for a walk in the winter versus the summertime, it is important to move our bodies in the winter too. 

20. Spend some time in the sunlight 

Sunlight is super important for our circadian rhythm. It can even help reduce the cortisol in our bodies and the good news is sitting by a sunny window counts!

21. Take a hike

Winter hikes can be just as beautiful as summer ones and bonus points: fewer bugs! 

22. Explore a new city

Walking around a new city can be fun any time of year but what makes winter extra special is that cities often have winter festivities like ice rinks and other winter activities going on. You can pop into a winter pop-up bar for a beverage or just a coffee shop when you start to get chilly.

23. Play in the snow

If your area is graced with snow, amuse your inner child and play in the snow. When I was a kid I would spend hours out in the snow just having fun. I actually went sledding with friends a few years ago and had the best time.

But beyond just playing in the snow, indulge in a winter activity like skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, or snowshoeing. 

24. Watch the sunrise and sunset 

I won’t judge if you’re viewing it from inside but winter can have some of the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets. A bonus is that since the days are shorter, you don’t have to be up super early to see the sunrise. 

Health: Nourish Your Body

Winter is the perfect time to enjoy hearty and nourishing meals and hone in on those healthy habits. These foods not only provide essential nutrients but also contribute to a sense of comfort and well-being.

25. Cook your favorite soups and comfort meals

When it’s cold outside, all I want to do is eat warm, soul-warming foods like soups, casseroles, and stews. Crockpot meals are perfect and an easy way to make a meal that can nourish your body. 

26. Incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet

Um, hello fiber but seriously fiber is having its moment to shine right now as it should because it helps your body function properly. On top of fiber, fruits and veggies have essential vitamins and minerals that your body needs. And when you feel your best, you can show up better and more fully. 

27. Bake

Having a sweet treat can make you feel good. Baking can be a fun experience and the reward is a delicious dessert that you can share with loved ones or enjoy on your own. Some even say baking is therapeutic so it could be the perfect self-care activity.

28. Drink Water

Our body needs water so try to stay hydrated. In the winter, it can be harder to drink water because we aren’t sweating as much or as hot but your body still needs it. Even basic needs can be considered self-care because you’re choosing to prioritize water over other choices. 

29. Move your body

I get it. In the winter, you want to curl up under a blanket and not move because it’s cold outside that blanket. But it is important to exercise. Try moving your body in some way every day, this could be stretching, walking, or a full-blown workout routine. 

Pamper Yourself with a Winter Spa Day:

Treat yourself to a spa day at home or out. This dedicated time for self-care will not only rejuvenate your body but also provide a mental escape from the winter chill.

30. Warm bubble bath with soothing essential oils

If bubble baths are your jam, why not go all out and use bath bombs or essential oils? This is the classic self-care activity and taking a nice warm bath in the winter is so comforting. 

31. Exfoliate 

In the winter months, our skin is more prone to being dry so it is a good idea to spend time exfoliating every once in a while to get the dead skin off your body. This winter self-care activity is a great way to keep your skin feeling soft and fresh.

32. Moisturize with body oils, body butter, or body creams

On that same note, moisturizing is important this time of year for the same reasons. Spend some time slowing down and using your favorite products to moisturize your skin.

33. Face Masks

This is the perfect winter self-care activity because you can put on a face mask and chill underneath a nice warm blanket! Once it’s on your face, you can pair this with another activity you love like watching some TV, reading a book, or just relaxing. 

34. Get a manicure or pedicure 

I know I’m guilty of neglecting my feet in the winter because I wear socks all the time and no one is going to see my feet but getting a pedicure can be so rejuvenating. Of course, a manicure is good any time of year!

35. Self-massage or book a massage

Another classic self-care activity is to get a massage. If you don’t want to leave your house, you can do it yourself or if you have a partner, you can make it into a fun date night activity. Either way, a massage is a great way to relax those tight muscles and release the stress you’re holding. 

36. Go to a sauna 

There are so many health benefits of sitting in a sauna so it can be a great activity to add to your winter self-care routine and it’s more enjoyable this time of year because it’s nice and warm! 

Relationships: Stay Connected with Loved Ones

Winter can sometimes lead to feelings of isolation. Social connections are crucial for emotional well-being, especially during the colder months.

37. Go to happy hour

Making time for friends and loved ones is important all year long but especially in the winter when we want to hibernate. 

We need that social connection so intentionally planning a happy hour with colleagues or friends is a great way to socialize right after work and not feel like you’re out until midnight (when it’s really just 8 PM). 

38. Send a friend you haven’t talked to in a while a text

If you really don’t want to leave your house, then send a text message to someone you haven’t talked to in a while. I’m sure they would love to hear from you and it can be a great way to catch up while in the comforts of your own home. 

39. Invite friends and family over for a potluck

Potlucks are fun because it takes the pressure off the host to cook everything and you can try new dishes that your favorite people prepared. 

40. Have a movie night or game night

You can make this a cozy get-together by pulling out the blankets and the soft pillows and creating a cozy ambiance while you play board games or put on a classic movie. 

41. Give someone a hug

There are so many benefits to a hug and it’s so simple to do so make sure you hug someone this week. 

42. Spend time with your pets

Last but not least, while it’s important to have a human connection, a pet can provide companionship when we’re home alone. So spend some intentional time with them by throwing a ball, petting your cat, watching your fish swim, or whatever it is you and your pet enjoy. 

Incorporating winter self-care activities into your routine is not just about surviving the season; it’s about thriving in it.

These ideas aim to provide a holistic approach to nurture your physical, mental, and emotional well-being during the winter months.

So, as the snow falls and the temperatures drop, take a moment to prioritize self-care and create a winter routine that brings warmth, comfort, and joy into your life.

Until next time,

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