Be Kind to Yourself This Winter
Health and Beauty Jun 01, 2020
Winter, the season that leaves us all divided, and everyone experiences a ‘love it or hate it’ feeling. Some adore winter, and others feel like hibernating until spring. However, winter comes with unique challenges – physically, mentally and emotionally.
Therefore, it’s important to follow a self-care strategy to really take care of yourself as a whole and not just two systems such as tight muscles or an early night’s rest. It’s ensuring that you balance and support yourself from all angles to make sure you feel your best.
Spending a lot of time indoors can become tedious, and it’s not healthy at all. Watching TV, Netflix and scrolling through social media is also not good for the brain and mental health. Opt for a good book, and not necessarily romance, or science fiction, but invest in a book and learn more about mental health, mindset and personal growth. It’s the perfect time for self-reflection, and you might learn something new about yourself. Visit CNA and explore the range of useful books such as ‘The Birth Order Book: Why You Are The Way You Are’. Or head over to Exclusive Books and see their psychology collection, including ‘The 5AM Club – Own Your Morning, Elevate Your Life’. PNA also offers a wide selection of guides to help you to transform into positive thinking.
Your body is the home to your soul; without it, you’re only 21 grams of unstableness. Body care includes a whole lot of caring activities. The most common to wash your hands, yes, it sounds like a broken record, but not only during Covid-19 has this become a safety recommendation, it’s been around for decades. Frequent handwashing throughout the day is an absolute must in maintaining your health. It protects your immune system from getting sick, and it protects others indirectly as well.
Body care requires nourishment with seasonal food like citrus fruits to maintain the critical source of Vitamin C. No matter your preference both Pick ‘n Pay and Woolworths stock fresh fruits and vegetables to cook up warm, nutritious winter meals.
Another very essential addition to your winter routine is to add enough other vitamins and minerals to your bodily function. Vitamin D helps to supplement the lack of light whenever you don’t have the chance to sit in the sun for 10 minutes. Vitamin D helps to absorb Vitamin A, iron and calcium. Pop into Dis-Chem for all your vitamin and mineral supplements for you and your family.
Taking hot baths to soothe tense muscles is another way to care for your body. Adding bath salts or bubble bath can aid in creating a relaxing atmosphere. Explore the choices on Clicks’ convenient and affordable healthcare offerings you can add to your bathtime, including candles, scents etc.
Cold temperatures can cause havoc on your skin, both on the face and body. If you’re having constant hot air circulating through your home to get some warmth from the cold, then proper skincare is necessary to protect your largest organ by keeping it hydrated.
So, drink at least one glass extra water during the winter months than the standard suggested 2 litres. Use gentle cleansers on your skin, such as Dove or Cetaphil. Upgrade to a thicker body moisturiser and apply more than once daily. If layering your skin with natural oil, it will also help trap in the hydration.
It’s easy to implement, but it’s your responsibility to assess your health and wellbeing during the winter months to find areas of improvement. We hope that these tips will help you be happy and positive throughout the season. Keep well, Rosebank!