Remember to Practice Self-Care This Winter

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Yesterday, I was forced to slow down. After going to work Monday and Tuesday although I didn’t feel well, my body finally called it quits on Wednesday. I had the aches, a nasty cough, and couldn’t breathe through my nose.

Now, I’m not one to take sick days. It’s very hard for me to take care of myself and rest in bed when there is so much to be done. Even I am still learning how to put myself first. Self-care is often neglected when life gets crazy.

With Winter around the corner, I want to remind us all to love ourselves and just how important taking time to relax is.

Winter can be physically and mentally challenging. According to The American Academy of Family Physicians, 4 to 6 percent of Americans suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Instead of running on empty this Winter, listen to the signs and practice self-care.

Your body may actually be telling you that it’s time for a break! There are a few signs you can be aware of as the days get shorter and the weather turns colder. Ignoring your health and well-being can leave you drained, sick, or worse.

  • Aches and Pains

Headaches are an obvious sign that something is up. They are your bodies way of telling you “Hey! You’re in pain and something needs to change!”

By putting your body under constant stress, you’ll begin to wear-down. Signs of stress can also include neck tension, nausea, acne, and lowered immunity.

No wonder you’ve been catching every sickness going around the office!

  • Grogginess

Have you been constantly feeling exhausted? Waking up has been SO hard for me recently –I just couldn’t do it!! Even when I went to bed at 9:00 pm most nights.

However, it’s hard to get a good night’s sleep when you’re stressed out. It will leave you tossing and turning. Thinking about your responsibilities and stress all the time is tough on the mind.

You may just feel like a zombie going about your day.

  • Irritability

You act upon how you feel. If you find yourself lashing out towards loved ones or on the verge of tears over something relatively small there’s probably something weighing you down.

Lately, your mood staggers between angry and sad. If you can’t remember the last time you let go, you might be letting stress get the best of you.

 

I felt selfish for taking time off. I laid in bed Wednesday thinking about all the emails I had to send and how I could be using my time for more productive things.

Many of us assume we shouldn’t feel stressed or aren’t allowed to express our feelings of stress. We live in a culture that romanticizes drinking three cups of coffee a day to stay awake, pulling all-nighters to keep up with our task list, and exhaustion as a symbol of status.

The more sleep deprived and strung out you are, the more respect you’ll receive from your peers??? 

This Winter, be kind to yourself and lead a more positive lifestyle. Even when life is so chaotic that you feel like you don’t have time for anything: breath. Here are a few of my favorite ways to practice self-care:

 

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27 Comments

  1. Sophia

    This is such a good reminder for me. Thank you for helping me reflect on what is important this season!

    01 . Dec . 2017
  2. Kasia

    I think self-care is so so important. I really started making it a priority this past year and it’s made a world of difference. I love your suggestions of how to practice it! Journaling and baking are my two personal favorites 🙂 Have a great holiday season!

    xo,
    Kasia | ampersandblog.net

    01 . Dec . 2017
  3. Beth

    YES! I can relate on the exhaustion, the struggle is real each morning. I have recently remembered how much I appreciate a good bath, so I’ve been trying to do that more again!

    01 . Dec . 2017
  4. the sophia diaries

    totally agree!!! hope you remember to take care of yourself too 🙂

    01 . Dec . 2017
  5. Courtney A. Casto

    Great tips Carly! Sometimes I’m grateful when my body shuts me down but it shouldn’t have to! I actually like winter a lot and get bummed out in the summer time. It might be selfish to take care of ourselves and rest but whoever said being selfish was bad? Sometimes it’s necessary!

    01 . Dec . 2017
  6. Charlotte

    What an incredibly important reminder <3 I think this is the time of year most of us attempt to beat the clock and do a million things at once so of course our bodies (and minds!) will feel the exhaustion. I love the list of self care items. Reading, spending time with friends, snuggling with my pup…all ways that I indulge in self care 🙂

    Hope you have a lovely weekend!! Xo

    01 . Dec . 2017
  7. Taylor - Lights Camera Catwalk

    Seasonal depression is a real thing and love that you are talking about it!! Great post!

    Xx Taylor
    http://lightscameracatwalk.com/

    01 . Dec . 2017
  8. Deanna

    This is a great reminder not just for the winter, but for year round! I love that you said we live in a culture that romanticizes exhaustion and pulling all nighters to get things done because it’s SO true and not many people realize it. I’ve never pulled an all nighter and when I tell people that they think I’m crazy hahah

    Dee // http://www.morningcoffeewithdee.com

    01 . Dec . 2017
  9. Amy @ Salt and Skillet

    I can so relate to all of this – I’m stressed quite often but something about winter just makes everything worse! I live in Buffalo so the threat of a huge snow storm is always looming, it takes longer to get places because of the weather and driving conditions, and the fact that we have 8 hours of sunlight each day is just awful. It’s essentially always dark – when the sun is shining, I’m in an office building! Yikes.

    The darkness and coldness of winter is enough to bring anyone down, but add in the factors that make up someone’s life and it’s just inevitable…Your mental health is going to suffer.

    Great article, I love your suggestions for self-care. Something as simple as baking or lighting a nice smelling candle really can help!

    http://www.saltandskillet.com

    01 . Dec . 2017
  10. Casey

    Thank you for this reminder. Self care is so important but so easy to forget sometimes. Happy holidays!

    xoxo,
    Casey / adolescentadulthood.co

    01 . Dec . 2017
  11. ShootingStarsMag

    Self-care is very important and I like all the ideas you share here. We do live in a world that seems to LOVE the idea of being overtired and overworked, but it’s not healthy and it doesn’t mean you’re being more productive!

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

    01 . Dec . 2017
  12. Tiffany Khyla

    I love this so much! I’m guilty of running on empty, though luckily, I don’t like coffee at all, so I don’t have that habit. I am pretty bad about pulling all-nighters though, especially when I’m trying to keep up with my blog schedule. I definitely need to take the time to actually take care of myself and not run on empty. I tend to overwhelm myself this time of year and had a breakdown just yesterday 🙁

    01 . Dec . 2017
  13. Deborah Regen

    I am going to add another point to your very thoughtful post, and that is December is when the vernal equinox happens in the northern hemisphere of the planet, and that means the shortest day of the year (hours between sunrise and sunset). For some people this reduction of light brings on moodiness and depression, and they may in fact be experiencing SAD (seasonal affective disorder). So this is yet another good reason to be self-aware and to make adjustments as needed so you remain balanced and not overwhelmed and emotional.

    01 . Dec . 2017
  14. Akaleistar

    I’ve been feeling yucky the last few days, so I definitely need to slow down and make time for self-care.

    01 . Dec . 2017
  15. Elizabeth

    I love this article and the list you put together! I’ll be referring back to this often throughout the winter. Thanks for sharing!

    02 . Dec . 2017
  16. Sam @ The Haunted Housewife

    I’ve been pampering myself like crazy lately! Bubble baths, drinking lots of water, taking care of my skin… My “thing” this week is eating better and nourishing my body. It’s cold outside, and hot cocoa and netflix sounds amazing 🙂

    02 . Dec . 2017
  17. Ana Ro

    I loved your post. I think I have just recently started to learn how to take care of myself – and even that only after getting quite badly ill. You are right, our culture glamorizes working until you drop dead and also sometimes some abstract concept of “just love yourself” comes up, but it is very unclear what it means. Taking care of yourself sounds much more concrete to me than this abstract love, whatever it means.

    02 . Dec . 2017
  18. Jordyn

    In the winter I light a candle the moment I get home, it just makes me feel warmer! I also like to spend extra time on skincare and treat myself to a massage now and then for self care.

    03 . Dec . 2017
  19. Alex

    I have had THE hardest time waking up lately! Love these self-care ideas – I have SO, so, so, SO much on my to do list, so these tips will definitely help me wind down some.

    03 . Dec . 2017
  20. Bella

    I love baking, It my favourite thing to do all year around! but winter I love realizing by a fire with some coffee!

    03 . Dec . 2017
  21. Ccameron - Diary of a Southern Millennial

    Such a great reminder and I love your suggestions! I love taking a hot bath and hanging out on the couch instead of having a crazy night out haha

    04 . Dec . 2017
  22. Amanda

    These tips are great! There’s always some sort of sickness going around during winter months so it’s good to give your body time to chill. Thanks for sharing!

    04 . Dec . 2017
  23. Christina @ Hugs and Lattes

    I would rather take time to slow down BEFORE I get sick rather than when I am sick. My husband and I had a cold for 2 weeks (he is still battling his) and I am so glad I took time off even though I didn’t feel as bad as I could have. It was so good to rest. Self-care in the winter is so important!

    04 . Dec . 2017
  24. Paige

    I love your winter jacket. So cute!

    xoxo, Paige

    05 . Dec . 2017
  25. Nicole Booz

    I support this 1000000%. It’s so easy to get rundown. I hope you’re feeling better!

    05 . Dec . 2017
  26. Debbie Savage

    All of these tips are so helpful! I am so appreciative of the reminder. Staying grounded and offering yourself proper self-care is critical this month!

    06 . Dec . 2017
  27. Victoria

    Going outside, going for a drive, and reading a book is my favourite ways to take care of myself. It is so, so important at all times – and all walks of life.

    08 . Dec . 2017

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