9 Ways To Practise Self-Care Even If Canada’s Winter Might Be Harsh This Year
We promise you'll crack a smile.
This winter will probably look different than ghosts of winters past.
Sure, you might not be able to socialize with loved ones as much, but you can still make the most of the chilly season.
It's the perfect opportunity to take the time to recentre yourself before the new year.
Focusing on self-care can help keep your state of mind sunny side up this winter.
From fueling yourself with protein-packed meals to letting loose with your favourite tunes, here are nine ideas to get you cracking.
1. Create A Morning Or Night-Time Routine
You're not alone if you've been feeling a little restless. This year has been full of changes, but you can restore a little normalcy by starting new daily routines.
While this doesn't sound as glamorous as sipping spirits in a bubble bath with a face mask on, routines can help regulate your time and your mind.
Maybe go a little old-school with a no-phone-for-your-first-waking-hour or right before bed, or simply set a standard time for doing chores.
You could also dedicate a certain portion of your day to meal prepping some healthy dishes or snacks for the next few days. It can be as simple as boiling a few eggs to keep on hand for when you need some extra fuel.
Give it a shot and see just how much setting a routine can help you be productive during the day or unwind in the evening.
2. Get Comfy
It's hygge season! Pronounced "hoo-ga," this Danish concept doesn't have a direct translation in English but it's a feeling of contentment and well-being achieved by relishing the small things.
Cozy up with fluffy socks, snuggly blankets, scented candles, and some homemade treats.
Take a moment to appreciate the little pleasures of life.
3. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
We're all adults here — but think about it — when was the last time that you actually had a full eight glasses of water a day? Right?
Here's your reminder to step up and sip up and get all the water you need.
Brain fog? Never heard of her because you're a hydrated elite, ready to take on the day and anything that winter may throw your way.
What's that you say — water is boring? Nay, nay, my friend! Add a slice of lemon, some chia seeds, or go the cucumber-mint route. This is one versatile bevvie that could never be dull.
4. Learn How To Cook A New Meal
They say the way to anyone's heart is through their belly, so why not wine and dine yourself by mastering a quick and tasty new recipe?
A great way to make sure you get your fill of protein is to whip up a dish incorporating protein-rich eggs.
Eggs are so versatile and easy to incorporate that the delicious options are basically endless.
5. Dance It Out
In the words of Seattle Grace's very own Meredith Grey: dance it out. If it can work for high-stress medical boss babe, Meredith, then it can probably do wonders for you too.
Dance like no one is watching and release those feel-good endorphins. Maybe start that TikTok account so you can finally join in on all the latest trends.
Moving your body just feels great.
If Dr. Grey wasn't enough to convince you, remember that T. Swift's key to life is shaking it off.
6. Go Outside & Get Some Fresh Air
Physical distancing doesn't mean indoors only — get outside every day even if it's just a quick 20-minute loop around the block.
Fresh air has the power to lift your spirits and give you a break from the same four walls that are starting to feel a little too familiar.
Grab a furry friend or admire the neighbourhood's cute dogs from afar.
Before you know it, you'll have a little spring in your step (you might even crack a smile).
7. Give Your Body Nutritious Fuel
The work-from-home routine might be a little different than you're used to, but that doesn't mean all of your good habits have to go out the window.
With the chance to dig into a tasty meal whenever you like, there's no reason you can't whip up something quick, flavorful, and nutritious.
Looking for an egg-cellent suggestion for your next WFH meal? Try a protein-packed lunch featuring none other than some Canadian eggs. DYK: 2 large eggs provide 13 grams of protein?
Scramble, fry, poach, boil — there are countless ways to get a whole lot of nutrients into your day in 15 minutes or less.
8. Check In With Pals & Loved Ones
Being physically distant doesn't mean having to be socially distant.
Pull out the front-facing cam and set aside some time to connect with friends across the city or those long-distance pals who you've been meaning to reach out to since forever.
Don't forget about your siblings, parents, and other family members, too. Seriously, when's the last time that you called your mom? There's no time like the present.
After all, we're all in this together — even if we're in it six feet apart.
9. Nourish Your Brain
You've learned some new recipes to feed your belly, so now it's time to nourish the rest of your whole self.
Why not start at the top and get in a little brain food? Learning and using your noggin can be a great distraction from the stress of 2020.
Take an online course, watch that TED talk that you've had on your list for a while, grab a new book or put your brain to work on a puzzle. Even listening to music is a good way to stimulate your mind.
Of course, getting in some literal brain food is also a good idea. Eggs, for example, aren't only tasty but they provide protein, healthy fats, and essential nutrients like vitamins A, D, E and more.
Sure, this winter is going to be a little different, but the best way to be there for yourself (and your loved ones) is to indulge in some well-deserved self-care this season.