7 Self-Care Tips for Surviving Winter

1. Wear Bright Colors.

Just because it’s dark outside doesn’t mean you have to wear dark! I always feel better in yellow, or another vibrant color. Also obsessed with “wine” right now, but I’m not a fashion blogger so I’ll leave that up to y’all. (;

2. Eat Garlic, Yogurt and Almonds.

As y’all know, this time of year all kinds of flu and cold viruses are going around. And I learned the hard way last year that prevention is everything. It turns out, garlic is not just for warding off vampires! It has been shown to stimulate the immune system by multiplying antibodies and even reduce existing symptoms of the cold and flu. Booyah!

My second self-care food for winter is yogurt. Eating yogurt is great for the digestive tract as a source of probiotics. And guess what else? Vitamin D! Definitely need that this time of year.

Lastly, organic raw almonds are a gem of a snack to keep around. They contain protein, fiber, magnesium, vitamin E, calcium, potassium and iron. Need I say more??

3. Take an Epsom Salt Bath.

Many people think of epsom salts as relaxing, and indeed they are. But they also offer a glorious detox for the body and muscles. I like to add 1-2 cups to a warm bath. You’ll get the most benefit if you soak for at least twenty minutes. But I’ve been known to stay in there for a good two hours. Don’t judge.

If you’re adding essential oils to your bath, make sure to add them to the epsom salts first so that they are not just sitting on top of the water. Some of my bath time favorites are: PanAway, Spearmint , Frankincense, Stress Away and Melrose.

4. Moisturize.

This may sounds trivial, but we need to intentionally take more time out to do this during the winter. Nothing feels worse than itchy skin.

Currently obsessing over Young Living’s LavaDerm Cooling Mist. I love that I can spray it on my face instead of rubbing it in…because these days I need to save all the skin elasticity that I can. NowhatI’msayin?

5. Designate a Steel or Glass Water Bottle.

And drink plenty of water. This will probably be on any list I ever make about health. I can tell an obvious difference on days when I’ve been drinking more water. It benefits every organ in the body.

I find that when I have a special canister (with a straw) as my designated water container for the day, I drink A LOT more of it. Having it in something portable and functional enables constant reminder and easy consumption. I also love to add lemons or lime when I’m needing some flavor, which also happen to be great for cleansing the body this time of year.

6. Use Lavender EO Topically at Night.

The more I research Lavender Oil, the more I want every single person (but especially baby mamas) to have a bottle by their night stand. Other than inducing sleep and relieving stress, it has also been shown to moisturize, calm inflammation and reduce mucus. Say what??

One of my favorite ways to use Lavender is to rub it directly on top of my nasal passageway and temples before bed. It’s also nice on the chest and lymph nodes. Make sure to inhale deeply once you put in on and always start by diluting with a carrier oil, although Lavender is very mild.

7. Buy Yourself Flowers.

Or Valentine’s Day decorations if flowers aren’t your jam. But don’t reserve these things for special occasions! Grab those flowers you’ve been eyeing at the grocery store and bring them home! You’re living room will be brighter and chances are your mood will be too.

 

Disclaimer: Suggestions made on this website are specific to Young Living and should not be used with any other essential oils. This information and these products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. 

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