While some people may look forward to winter, the season can be challenging! With dropping temperatures and shorter days, it's natural to feel a pull to retreat into our homes and ourselves. This energetic drawing-in is a potent time to practice self-care and create rituals that support our well-being, especially if you are susceptible to seasonal affective syndrome (SAD). 

SAD is a type of depression that affects people during the winter months. It can cause feelings of sadness, fatigue, and irritability, and it can be challenging to cope with. But there are ways to support ourselves during this time, and it all starts with self-care. Self-care is the act of taking care of yourself, both physically and mentally. It's about creating a ritual that supports your well-being and helps you feel good. 

Here are some of our favourite rituals to support us during the winter months:

  1. Take a Hot Bath: There's nothing quite like a hot bath on a cold day. Light some candles, infuse your crystals, and soak in the warm water. Read a book, listen to music, watch some Netflix or enjoy the quiet time to yourself.
  2. Get Comfy: Winter is the perfect time to get cozy. Invest in a weighted blanket, throw on another duvet, or some comfortable knitwear. Do whatever it takes to make you feel 10% more comfortable.
  3. Meditate: The longer winter nights can be a great time to meditate. Try Yoga Nidra, a beautiful meditation that can help you drop into a deep sleep. There are plenty of options on YouTube or apps like Insight Timer. Just search Yoga Nidra!
  4. Gratitude Practice: At the end of each day, take a few minutes to write down everything you were grateful for. From big things to small, tiniest things, gratitude maximises happiness and helps us focus on the positive aspects of our lives.

Winter can be challenging, but it's also an opportunity to practice self-care and create rituals that support our well-being. Whether it's taking a hot bath, getting cozy, meditating, or practising gratitude, find what works for you and make it a part of your winter routine. 

Stay warm and take care of yourself!

May 15, 2023 — Sarah Atkinson