The cold winter months are often accompanied by feelings of sadness, fatigue, and loneliness, and COVID-19 has made them no easier to deal with due to the isolation of lockdowns and quarantine. As you spend more time at home and out of the cold, counter those negative feelings by implementing these self-care practices that will help you find peace and enjoyment this season as you look forward to the warmth of spring.
With varied COVID-19 restrictions still in place, it may not be easy to get to a gyn this time of year, but there are always other options. Get some movement into your day through daily stretching, yoga, or an at home workout. If the weather permits, you can always try to get out for a brisk walk or run to clear your head and get some fresh air. While forcing yourself to exercise might seem like too much effort, the endorphins that come from it can make you feel energized and ready to take on the day’s challenges.
In times when you’re feeling down, it’s important to remember the things that you enjoy and that mean the most to you. Consider starting a gratitude journal to reflect on all of the little things you are thankful for in a time where things might not be happening as you wish. Additionally, daily meditation and mindfulness can be powerful tools to help you focus on filling your time with meaningful activities and replace your negative thoughts and emotions with positive ones. However, if the isolation becomes too much to bear, don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.
With rising COVID levels, it might be difficult to see family and friends, but don’t let that become an excuse for not connecting with the people closest to you. If you are craving some human interaction, schedule a phone or video call to catch up and spend precious time together. Taking time to reach out in this way and share your life with others can often provide some needed encouragement when you feel most alone.
The extra at-home time during lockdowns and quarantine is the perfect time to dip your toes into something you haven’t done before. Explore new hobbies or things that you have been interested in but have not had the time to get involved in, whether it’s baking, crafting, zumba, a new TV show, or something else entirely. Finding something new to enjoy can provide good mental stimulation and make you feel happy and fulfilled.
Getting enough sunlight is crucial for your wellbeing during the winter months. If you live somewhere where sunlight is a rarity in the winter months, invest in a therapy lamp that mimics vital solar exposure. Stimulating your senses in other ways will also have positive effects on your wellbeing. Burn scented candles or use an essential oil diffuser to fill your house with pleasant smells, play music that puts you in a good mood, or even put up some bright colors or house plants in your living space to liven up your living space.
The cold, dryness, and lack of sunlight can all take a toll on your body. Taking vitamin D supplements is beneficial when your body can’t get enough naturally, and eating a nutritious diet and drinking water will help your body stay healthy and energized. Finally, sticking to a sleep schedule will allow your body to get enough rest and provide regularity to help your body’s circadian rhythm better adjust.