As much as I love fall weather, it’s always slightly bittersweet knowing that we’re just a few short weeks away from winter weather, which I do not love. As we approach winter every year, I always spend some time preparing for my self-care because, let’s face, winter can be phyiscally and mentally challenging. These are a few of my favorite ways to practice self-care in the winter.
This is a sponsored post written for Vicks Humidifiers. I was compensated and provided complimentary products for this post. All opinions are my own.
Don’t Forget Fitness
I’m sure I’m not the only one who finds it harder to motivate myself to work out during the winter! Not only is working out outdoors unavailable because of the cold temperatures in Wisconsin, but it’s to motivate myself when it’s already dark when I leave work at 5! It makes me want to throw on a sweater and some leggings and curl up on the couch with Dave and the pets. Despite this, I know that fitness is especially important for me in the winter so I don’t get lethargic, and since I’m not already getting my exercise with any outdoor activities I might during the warmer months.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
My skin seriously takes a beating during the winter months. My skin tends to get so dry. Not only is it super uncomfortable, but tends to lead to my skin actually breaking open on my hands (since those get especially dry). During the winter more than ever, I’m extra diligent about moisturizing every single day and using lotion on my hands even more often.
Seasonal depression is no joke. It’s no surprising that so many people suffer from it, given then it’s dark when we wake up in the morning and when we leave work in the evening, and we aren’t spending as much time outside in the sun. The how-to’s on this one will be different for everyone, but find a way to stay positive this winter.
As much as it sucks to be outside in the winter (especially in Wisconsin where we frequently have temps below zero) it’s necessary as well. Getting out in the daylight and fresh air can totally help with seasonal depression. Plus, being cooped up inside with all the germs contributes to everyone getting sick in the winter! It’s easy for Dave and I to push ourselves to get outside since we’ve got the pup. If you don’t have a dog or anything that forces you to get outside, try to push yourself to go for a walk a few times a week, even if it’s just around the block!
Practice Climate Control
Climate control in the winter isn’t just about keeping the house toasty warm. We also like to keep a humidifier in our home to combat the especially dry air. Dave and I both struggle with sleeping well at night and, since the climate in our room plays a role in that, we make sure to keep our humidifier in our bedroom. The ideal relative humidity level for personal wellness is actually between 40% and 60%. Vicks was kind enough to send a Winter Wellness Care Package that included the Vicks Mini Filter Free Cool Mist Humidifier, along with a humidity monitor, so we can make sure ours is where it should be!
Having your humidity at the right levels also helps reduce the survival of flu viruses, which is huge for us!
I’m also more than a little excited that the humidifier matches our bedroom paint color (but they also come in pink or white.) You can find Vicks Humidifiers at Walmart.
Have Cold and Flu Supplies on Hand
At this point in my life, I’ve pretty much resigned myself to the fact that at some point every winter, either Dave or myself is getting sick (though more likely both of us.) Because of that, I make sure to always keep the essentials on hand.
We each have our own go-to meds for when we’re sick in the winter, so I keep those in the house. I also keep on hand some Vicks VapoRub Topical Ointment to help with the coughing, and some Puffs Plus Lotion tissues for the inevitable incessant sneezing and runny nose. Finally, I keep the Vicks SmartTemp Wireless Thermometer in the house. I don’t know what it is about taking my temperature when I’m sick. Like, I already know I’m sick, I’m not looking for confirmation. But I do enjoy that validation when the thermometer tells me I have a fever and I can feel totally justified in acting as pathetic as I want and taking the day off work to lay in bed.
Winter’s coming friends, whether we like it or not. I like to start my self-care nice and early so I have a head start on the cold temps, horrendous amount of snow, and darkness all the time.
How will you practice self-care this winter?
P.S. The nice guys over at Vicks are giving away another one of these Vicks Winter Wellness Care Packages to one of MY lucky readers! The giveaway winner will receive the Vicks® Mini Filter Free Cool Mist Humidifier along with everything pictured below! It runs until Wednesday, November 23. Make sure to enter below!
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