6 self care ideas to see you through winter | Melissa Hemsley
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6 Self Care Ideas For Winter

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6 Self Care Ideas To See You Through Winter

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It’s tempting to hide indoors during these darker months, but after too many days spent cooped up, we can start to feel disconnected from the world around us.

Here are 6 self care ideas that tend to get me through winter and that leave me feel revived, nourished and altogether a lot happier.

1. Eat with the seasons. Go to your local market and see what the traders have in stock. I’m really into making fruit and vegetable chutneys, which is a great way to use up any produce that’s a bit soft or bruised. Pot the mixture in upcycled jam jars and give away to family and friends. Or take a look at these seasonal winter recipes I’m eating at the moment

2. Get active outdoors. It doesn’t have to be a slog. Try cold-water swimming in your local lido or out in the wild (look up my friend Sophie Hellyer for some inspiration). You could borrow a dog and take it for a walk via the Borrow My Doggy app. I often join my local Mental Health Mates walk which I love to do when I want to reconnect with people and get some exercise.

3. Volunteer! Head to your local beach or park clean or go out by yourself for a spot of ‘plogging’ – the Swedish term for jogging while picking up rubbish and litter. Alternatively, find a soup kitchen to give back to those who really do need it. 

4. Prioritise yourself. Take time out for yourself, turn off your phone and read a book, or go to a yoga class or a breath and meditation workshop – they’re enormously calming and rejuvenating.  

5. Get some glorious girlfriend time or invite friends or a neighbour around for tea and cake. Use up those odds and ends in your baking cupboards to make these Fruit n Nut Cookies, with a delicious mug of spiced Chai.  

6. Whack on a good podcast and have a cook off. I like to spend my Sundays cooking from my fridge and store cupboards, giving them a good clean out and making some much-loved soups, as well as chucking some leftovers in the freezer so I’m well stocked with feel-good meals over January and February. 

What do you do to take care of yourself? Leave a comment below or head over to Instagram to let me know!


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