Beat the winter blues through hygge, wellness rituals, and mindful moments. Embrace a month of coziness and rejuvenation with these January self care ideas.
I don’t know about you, but once the holidays are over I find myself feeling down and little lost.
As a blogger and content creator, the holidays are my busiest season. I’m constantly on the go 24/7 brainstorming new ideas, creating content, and finding the best deals & sales all while continuing to be a mom and wife to our family.
And while that might sound like a lot to do, I love being busy! It’s when I’m most happy and feel most fulfilled.
Once the hustle and bustle is over, I find myself with a little more free time on my hands which leaves me wondering…
“How do I transition from the whirlwind of the holidays to a more relaxed and self care focused January?”
If you can relate, know you’re not alone.
In this blog post, I thought I would share a few ways that I combat the post holiday blues while also discovering the joy of self care in January.
Join me in starting off the new year with a renewed sense of purpose and well being!
January is the Month to Dream & Plan for the Year Ahead
While I was scrolling Pinterest last week, I saw this quote and it made me pause and reflect. It reminded me that it’s okay to slow down and take it easy during the winter months.
“The plants and earth are resting. Maybe we should too. The long days will be here soon enough.”– Rebecca Raiden
These words resonated with me.
It’s easy to feel the pressure to dive headfirst into a new year with boundless energy and resolutions (that most likely won’t be fulfilled).
However, January invites us to embrace a different rhythm, one that matches the natural ebb and flow of the seasons.
I realized that January is a month that provides a unique opportunity for introspection and renewal. It’s a time to dream and plan for the year ahead, not in a hurried or rushed manner, but with a sense of purpose and intention.
Take your time creating a vision board and jotting down realistic goals along with actionable steps to turn your dreams for the new year into reality.
Remember, just like the earth, we need moments of rest and relaxation to blossom into our fullest potential too.
Hygge Your Home: Cozy Up Your Spaces
Once the Christmas decorations come down, our homes can feel empty and cold.
But instead of succumbing to the post holiday emptiness, I switch my mindset. I view our home as a blank canvas ready to be infused with warmth and charm.
Clearing out unnecessary items not only brings a sense of organization but also allows room for the soothing elements of hygge to take center stage.
Note: What is hygge? It’s a Danish and Norwegian term that is more of a concept or feeling than a direct translation into English. It encompasses a feeling of coziness, contentment, and well being through enjoying the simple things in life. This could involve creating a warm atmosphere, spending quality time with loved ones, or indulging in comforting activities. The idea is to cultivate a sense of comfort and joy in everyday moments.
Creating a cozy and comforting atmosphere after the holidays that engages all five senses is fairly simple, here are a few ideas.
- Create an inviting ambiance with soft, warm lighting, such as candles or lamps.
- A throw blanket draped over a chair not only feels cozy but looks comforting as well.
- A crackling fireplace (if you have one) can instantly make you feel warmer just by looking at it.
- The soothing sounds of nature are comforting, like rain falling, wind rustling through trees, or a crackling fireplace.
- Create a tranquil atmosphere with soft background music, instrumental tunes, or calming playlists.
- The muffled sounds of a cozy, quiet environment give the feeling of being sheltered and protected.
- Comforting hot beverages like a cup of herbal tea, hot cocoa, or a spiced latte.
- Indulging in homemade, hearty meals, and seasonal comfort foods that evoke a sense of warmth.
- Savoring sweet treats like cookies or pastries.
- Wrapping yourself in an oversized sweater, cozy blanket, or wearing fuzzy socks.
- Add warm textures to your spaces like a plush rug, squishy pillows, or a snuggly throw.
- Embracing the warmth of a hot bath or a steaming cup of tea in your hands.
Hygge isn’t just about physical comfort; it’s about cultivating a sense of emotional warmth and connection.
Incorporating sentimental items that have meaning to you and your family, such as photos or cherished keepsakes, add a personal touch to your surroundings.
These pieces contribute to a comforting aesthetic unique to your home that goes beyond the physical aspects of coziness.
And finally, don’t forget to engage in activities that bring joy and relaxation into your home.
This could be enjoying a family movie night, indulging in a homemade meal that’s been cooking all day on the stove, or even just enjoying the simple pleasure of a warm cup of hot chocolate by the fireplace.
Nourish Your Body
After a busy few months, now is the time to take care of you and focus on your well being.
The post holiday season can leave us feeling depleted, both physically and emotionally.
It’s crucial to replenish and rejuvenate, and one of the ways to do that is by focusing on nourishing your body.
After a month of indulging on cookies, candy, and rich foods; I know I’m ready to incorporate healthy comfort foods into our family’s meals.
I like to explore recipes that include wholesome seasonal ingredients like hearty soups, roasted vegetables, and lean proteins.
These not only provide essential nutrients but also contribute to a sense of well being.
This greek lemon orzo soup is a healthy, family favorite recipe that is light enough for a spring or summer meal but cozy enough to warm the soul on a cold winter’s day.
Hydration is essential during the colder months, so create a ritual around it by sipping warm herbal teas, infused water, or hot lemon water with a touch of honey.
Hydrating your body is a simple yet powerful way to boost energy levels and support overall health.
Incorporate gentle movement into your January self care routine to revitalize your body and mind.
Whether it’s a leisurely stroll in the woods, a yoga session, or calming meditation, these activities can help reduce stress and improve your mood.
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And most importantly, prioritize quality sleep to recharge your body.
Create a calming bedtime routine, dim the lights, spritz a little calming lavender linen spray on your pillows, and avoid screen time before sleep.
Restorative sleep is one of the most effective ways to support your physical and mental health.
Don’t Forget Your Vitamin D
With the short, dark days of winter, it’s easy to forget the importance of maintaining our vitamin D levels.
Sunlight is a natural source of this essential vitamin, and during the winter months, it becomes crucial to find alternative ways of absorbing this nutrient.
While the temptation to stay indoors is strong, making a conscious effort to spend some time outdoors, can significantly contribute to your good health.
Whether it’s a brisk walk in a nearby park, a few moments basking in the winter sunlight, or enjoying a warm drink on your porch, these small steps can help ensure you’re getting an adequate dose of vitamin D.
Maintaining healthy vitamin D levels plays an important role in supporting your immune system, bone health, and overall mood.
- Combat winter blues by incorporating vitamin D rich foods into your diet. Salmon, mackerel, fortified dairy or plant based milks, and egg yolks provide a natural boost to your mood and supporting overall health during the colder months.
Here are some January outdoor activities to get you some fresh air and a little vitamin D.
- Winter Hike: Explore nearby trails or nature reserves. The crisp air and snowy landscapes can be invigorating and good for the soul.
- Ice Skating: Find a local outdoor ice skating rink for a classic winter activity.
- Skiing or Snowboarding: Hit the slopes at a nearby ski resort or take on a snow-covered hill for skiing or snowboarding.
- Build a Snowman: Let your creativity shine by building a snowman in your yard.
- Winter Bird Watching: Grab a pair of binoculars and observe winter birds in your area.
- Bonfire and Hot Cocoa: Set up a backyard bonfire and enjoy hot cocoa with marshmallows. It’s a cozy way to stay warm while being outdoors.
- Sledding or Tobogganing: Find a local hill and indulge in some classic sledding or tobogganing fun.
- Winter Picnic: Pack a thermos with hot soup, sandwiches, and snacks, and have a winter picnic in a scenic park.
- Bike Ride: If the weather is not too harsh, take a winter bike ride through your neighborhood or along a designated trail.
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Find Things That Bring You Joy & Make You Happy
In the search for a brighter and more fulfilling winter, take the time to intentionally do activities that bring you joy and happiness.
Winter offers unique opportunities for happiness, whether it’s embracing the season with outdoor activities like ice skating or enjoying the warmth of indoor activities such as crafting or reading.
Dive into hobbies that ignite your passion or explore new interests that have been lingering on your to-do list.
Surround yourself with the people, places, and activities that genuinely make you happy.
Whether it’s a cozy evening out with friends, a solo trip to your favorite coffee shop, or a DIY you’ve been wanting to try; prioritize moments that bring a smile to your face and joy to your heart.
By consciously incorporating sources of joy into your routine, you not only lift your spirits, but also create a winter season filled with cherished memories and feelings of happiness.
Final Thoughts on January Self Care
Embrace the chill of winter, and let January be a month of self care that warms your heart and nourishes your soul.
By incorporating these ideas into your routine, you’ll not only beat the winter blues but also set the tone for a year filled with positivity, growth, and self love.
Taking care of yourself is a year round journey, and January is the perfect starting point.
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