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It has been so cold here in The Poconos the past week. While I’m one who loves chilly (fall-like) temperatures, I can’t say I’m too fond of below freezing temperatures, especially when we’re still technically in the fall season. We had our first snowfall last week, too! While it was very pretty, especially with the deer roaming in my yard, I’ve got to say… I don’t think I’m quite ready for constant snow yet. But hey, that’s life in The Pocono Mountains and I’m glad to adapt.
Since winter has seemed to have crept in early this year, I have already begun starting up some of my winter self-care practices. In the winter, it can be easy to feel down and tired all of the time. The short days have a lot to do with that, at least for me. While it’s okay that I have a relaxing day (or a few) here and there, it’s important that I still stay focused and involved in everyday life.
Today, I’m wanting to share some simple and practical self-care practices with you that really help me through this season. I think that November and December are great months to hone in on self-care, so that you can learn the areas that you need to tend to most for the rest of the winter season.
SELF-CARE ISN’T COMPLICATED.
As an advocate for self-care, I have heard many excuses from people needing to focus on self-care on why they can’t focus on it…
- I just don’t have time in my schedule right now.
- I can’t give up any time in my day to focus on myself.
- I have this huge project at work.
- I’m too busy with this, this, and this – there’s no way I could make time for myself.
When I hear these things, it breaks my heart! It makes me genuinely sad that people think they don’t have time or can’t make time for self-care. But the thing is, self-care isn’t complicated like some people make it out to be. Self-care doesn’t have to be a day trip to the spa or taking a weekend vacation. Friends, self-care is simple.
While weekends away and spa days are amazing, that’s not the reality for the majority of us. Something I’ve noticed is that people consider proper self-care to be a “treat”, and that’s a very unhealthy way to view self-care. Self-care is essential to your health and well-being. It is not optional – it is essential.
In order to get healthy, you need to choose to make time for self-care. Decide to say “no” to extra things you don’t need on your life plate. Unplug when you need to. Take a personal day from work if you can. Make a promise to yourself that you will take time for self-care… to take care of yourself!
So, let me let you in on some secrets to simple self-care, especially for the winter season.
SIMPLE SELF-CARE PRACTICES FOR THE WINTER:
1. Keep It Simple // In order to keep self-care simple, you have to remind yourself to keep it simple. Don’t put pressure on yourself to have to do some extravagant self-care day or getaway. Focus on the simple areas of self-care that you can put into practice each day. Mindset and attitude are everything. Choose to have a simple mindset and positive attitude when it comes to loving yourself and keeping yourself healthy through self-care practices.
2. Don’t Forget To Take Your Gummies // Friends, you can’t forget to take your vitamins. Vitamins play an important role in keeping yourself happy and healthy. Nature Made® Adult Gummies have always been my vitamins of choice and now I love them even more, as Nature Made® has the 1st Gummies to receive USP verification. The U.S. Pharmacopeia Convention (USP) is a third party nonprofit organization that verifies products for purity, potency, and quality. With verification from USP for purity and potency, Nature Made Adult Gummies is “a gummy you can trust”.
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With the holiday season coming up, it’s important that you stay healthy!
3. Drink Water // I don’t know about you, but most days I don’t realize how dehydrated I am until I down an entire bottle of water after I’ve gotten out of the shower or an hour after starting work. Your body needs H20, friends! When you first wake up, I know how easy it is to want to get your morning brew on, but before you drink your coffee, drink some water! Your body needs water.
4. Dress Up In Something That Makes You Feel Good // While it’s tempting to wear your pajamas all day, I’d encourage you to change and put on some “real” clothes that you love. For me, in the winter, that’s usually a pair of my favorite denim jeans and a cozy, oversized sweater. Dress for yourself! It’s amazing how much you’ll perk up when you change out of your sweats and into an outfit that you love… even if it’s just to do some cleaning around the house.
The outfit I’m wearing in these photos is easily one of my go-to’s in the winter. It’s cozy and cute, which is my favorite kind of outfit. This look is super easy to recreate and make your own. Just grab your favorite pair of black jeggings and oversized sweater, and you’re good to go! Easy peasy!
Do you have self-care practices that you participate in regularly? Have you ever taken any of Nature Made® Adult Gummies? What’s one of your favorite outfits to wear in the wintertime? Let’s chat!
† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure prevent any diseases.