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Stress can impact your health and happiness and it’s important to look after yourself and practice self-care, especially during the holiday season and winter months. A lack of vitamin D can lead to depression as the dark nights roll in and summer seems a distant memory. So to combat stress, anxiety, and depression during this isolated holiday season, here are 6 self-care ideas that you can do at home.
Self-care for some people includes little treats, so why not prepare yourself something delicious to eat. Whether you fancy a creamy risotto, a humble stew, or perhaps freshly baked cookies, the holiday season calls for comfort food. Spending the time to cook or bake, without checking emails or mindlessly scrolling through social media can really help you reduce stress levels and just be in the moment. Since it’s the holiday season, opt for spices and ingredients such as cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate, squash, pumpkin, and figs.
If you’re stressed out, your muscles are likely to be tense and possibly aching, so it’s time to soak away your troubles in a bubble bath. Light some candles, pour in a sweetly scented bath soak, and play some relaxing music while you enjoy the warm and comforting hug that a bubble bath gives you.
Enhance your experience with a glass of wine, a good book, magazine, or some self-care meditation.
To escape reality or learn a new skill, sign up for a magazine subscription online. Find a cozy corner in your home, make yourself a frothy cup of coffee, and enjoy the latest edition of your favorite magazine. From international fashion and interior design tips to inspiring stories from entrepreneurs and health and fitness motivation, a magazine will keep your mind optimistic, engaged, and not dwelling on negativity. We recommend Good Housekeeping or Woman's Health for some much-needed ‘me’ time at home.
Dark nights that seem to go on forever and cold and bleak winter mornings are enough to put anyone off getting out of bed, but to give your body a little lift, consider taking a multivitamin. A lack of vitamin D can actually hinder your mental health and trigger depression and winter blues. Pay close attention to your diet and if you’re not getting enough vitamins and nutrients, you can always add a daily multivitamin to your self-care routine. Helping to keep you focused, alert and your body healthy, choose a multivitamin with vitamins B, D, and C.
If you’re feeling down, unmotivated, and stressed out, it’s time to explore the great outdoors. Going for a brisk walk, a light jog or a run around your local neighborhood can really do wonders for your mood. Along with delicious food and relaxing bubble baths, you should also consider your physical health when investing in a self-care day. A burst of happy hormones will be released when you exercise outdoors, helping to lift your mood and also help you to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Laughter is one of the best ways to combat stress, anxiety, and depression so planning a cozy movie night with popcorn and loved ones is a fantastic self-care idea. Choose a light-hearted movie or a comedy and make some tasty snacks too. Unplug from all the negative news and politics and get cozy under a blanket and don’t be shy to laugh out loud!
And don't forget magazines make great gifts for loved ones especially during these challenging times.