You guys. It's winter. Whether it feels like it by you or not, the winter solstice has come and gone, so let's (if we must) embrace those changes .
I'd be lying if I said it's been too busy. Honestly, I have taken more time for myself. Whether it be reflecting, taking on new hobbies, prepping for the new season, or staying warm, there is no guilt in me-time. This is what I tell myself, but in reality I think most of guess a little shaky if we are not constantly working. What's up with that?
Anyway, I wanted to share how I TRY to keep sane, warm and well during the holiday and winter season. From different beauty tricks, everyday detox, and digestion tips, the way we take care of ourselves drastically changes if you experience drastic shifts in seasons. I mean, it's 20 degrees where I am at... If my hot-and-humid-Florida-loving self can adjust, so can you!
I've actually done something similar in previous posts, a mini series if you will. For now, here are 4 quick steps and hacks to have on hand this winter!
1. Everyday Wellness
Probably the most important one. I feel like in the summer, wellness routines can go astray, yet the warmth, humidity, and longer days are a little more forgiving and allow us to be a little more flexible. During the winter, no so much. Consistency is key to maintain health all year round.
Mentioned in previous posts, there are habits and rituals to incorporate everyday and they make a hell of difference these months!
- Lemon water - Get those digestive juices going!
- Dry Brushing - Blood flow of the lymphatic system which supports your immune system.
- Netti Pot - Clear out your sinus every damn day. Prevent bacteria buildup.
2. Light Fasting
From the time you have dinner until breakfast, you should just be looking at about 12 hours of light fasting. It may also be looked at for many as a natural fast, but of course everyone's body clock is different. Fasting gives your body just the right amount of time to rest, balance sugar levels, and let your digestive system work its magic.
Find what works for your lifestyle and schedule though, and prepare the next day's breakfast based on today's dinner. If you have a late dinner, for example, you may just want to whip up a quick juice or smoothie to hold you over until the next mealtime.
This one is definitely the hardest to get myself into. It's not until I actually start moving and sweating do I remember why I recommend this in the first place.
It's easy to feel sluggish, tired, and COLD during these next few months. Although, exercise is beneficial all year-round, if you want to combat those winter blues, you betta get moving! Simple stretches and twists can warm up and loosen your muscles, especially if you are at a desk all day, automatically getting your digestive system moving and fired up as well. If you're feeling it, it's a great time to take on a new workout routine or challenge. Why wait till the new year? Watch how quickly your mood, health, and boo-tay get a boost!
4. Oil Up.
This step doesn't get enough love I think. When I tell people I use oil instead of lotion, I get surprising, sometimes perplexed, and sometimes mortified looks. But really, it makes perfect sense.
For those who retain heat well, you can use coconut oil all year long, but for those of us who need an extra layer of moisture, almond oil is your best bet. Before or right after a shower, massage into your skin and pat dry. This will seal the moisture and vitamins in, keeping you warm and soft all day/ night long.
*For a more healing and therapeutic effect use sesame seed oil. It's the perfect warming body oil before bed. If this is too much to start, try massaging it into your feet and hands first. As temperature conductors you won't regret this healing sensation.