Mental Health

6 Ways To Practice Self Care During Winter

A lot of people really struggle with depression during the winter months, which means practicing self care is a must! It can be hard to know where to start though, especially when it’s dark for most of the day and the weather is so wet even a duck wouldn’t love it.

I had a full blown meltdown yesterday and I’m still feeling the effects today, so this is going to be a bit of a shorter one than I’d usually post. I had my driving lesson this morning and while my instructor said it had gone really well, I felt it was one of my worst and thats really knocked my confidence so I’m going to take some time to practice what I preach and have a few hours of self care: either finishing my new book or making another new character on Skyrim in case you were wondering.

Not only that but because of some things going on in my life at the moment I’ve not really been in a position to blog much lately- so this post is also me getting a foothold back into writing.

I hope that even though it’s shorter than normal you’ll still find the tips useful and can bear with me while I get back into my blogging game.

If you’re looking for self care inspiration for the whole year round then why not check out my 16 Ways To Practice Self Care post!

6 Ways To Practice Self Care During Winter

Duvet day

Because let’s face it: what better way is there to spend a cold day than curled up all toasty and warm in your thickest duvet while it’s freezing cold outside?

Binge watch a tv/film series 

Not that any of us really need an excuse to do this (I did the whole of Downton Abbey in less that two weeks!) but it’s always nice to have an excuse to do nothing more that escape into our favourite boxsets while eating as many snacks as we can fit on our laps. The perk of having thicker thighs? You can hold more!

Curl up with a good book and a hot drink

As I’m sure most people know by now, I love to read! I have three bookcases full plus nearly 100 books on my Kindle too. I’m planning a post for some time next month where I talk about the pros and cons of having a Kindle and which I prefer, so if thats something you’re interested in reading- watch this space.

Bake

I grew up baking every weekend with my auntie and it’s still something I enjoy doing. We’d put some Elvis on the CD player and sing along while making scones and butterfly buns. I hardly ever get the chance to bake these days, but I’m planning on getting some basic ingredients in so that when I actually do have some free time I won’t be put off by the fact I don’t have anything in to bake with.

Watch the world go by

I might be alone in this one but I love to just sit and watch the world go by. There doesn’t even really need to be anything happening, I just find sitting in silence so relaxing. It’s also a great way to practice mindfulness and meditation, I quite often sit on my windowsill and focus on my breathing and just letting my mind be still.

Batch write blog posts

I can sometimes be too busy to write posts as and when inspiration strikes, especially when I’m at university, so I try and have a handful of posts pre written or at least drafted out for days when I want to post but don’t have time to write something. Days like this are the best to batch write posts for me as I’m usually a lot more motivated in autumn and winter than I am in summer (mainly because I get S.A.D during summer so my motivation and energy levels are zero).

What are some of your favourite ways to practice self care in the winter?

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6 Comments

  1. Brittney Ross

    August 22, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    I have learned that I need to practice self-care year round so it doesn’t feel so foreign to me when those temperatures drop and the sun is nowhere to be found. I always try and carve out some time for myself that includes a bubble bath, mani/pedi, face mask, and my favorite rom-com! Great post! Thanks for sharing! xo

  2. Jade Marie

    August 22, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    Yes it’s definitely something to do year round if possible, I try and have at least one day a week as my self care day where I do nothing other than looking after my mental and physical health 🙂 those are great ideas and things I love doing myself! We don’t have a bath anymore but a long hot shower is just as good I think! Thanks for commenting, I’m glad you liked the post 🙂 xx

  3. Kaiya

    August 22, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    These are great tips, Jade. x The winter months are so harsh on my depression and anxiety. I pretty much become another person entirely. I’m starting to come up with my defensive strategies now that way I can try to… I dunno. Survive? Sounds dramatic, but it feels like winter doesn’t end sometimes. I’m thinking/hoping blogging will actually help with my mental health through the winter by giving me something that holds me accountable. (For example, I’m doing a reading challenge right now, and it ends in September, but I’ll be able to start another one for wintertime! That will keep me reading, which is a big thumbs-up for my mental health.)

    This was a rambly response, but thank you for sharing! The length was just right. I hope you’re well. xx

  4. Jade Marie

    August 22, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    I love rambly comments so don’t worry! 🙂 I’m exactly the same in summer and I know that blogging has helped me find focus and motivation this summer and it’s made it a bit easier to cope with than past ones! I really hope this is the case for you and if you ever want someone to talk to I’m only a message away 🙂

    I’m glad you think the length is right, I’ve been trying to do shorter posts so I can blog more often but I keep worrying they’re too short/not useful/don’t made sense so thank you for the encouragement!

    I’m doing much better thank you, the self care time has really helped helped centre myself again 🙂 xx

  5. Kaiya

    August 22, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Thank you! You’re very kind. I’m glad to follow your blog. I’m also a message away if you ever want to talk. 🙂 x

    And I think varying post lengths are totally okay. I tend to write way too much, so I’m also working on shortening. It’s not easy. I also scheduled a post for the first time this weekend, which was cool! It meant I was ahead instead of writing to publish immediately.

    I’m glad you’re doing better! <3 xx

  6. Jade Marie

    August 22, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Thank you lovely! 🙂

    And oh nice! I tried that once but it didn’t actually post lol glad it worked well for you though 🙂

    And thank you! <3 xx

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