All Things Winter

Winter can be a wonderful time of year, but for many people it can mean several months of misery if they live in a part of the world which experiences severe cold weather during the winter months.

On the one hand, there are all sorts of exciting winter activities:

  • downhill skiing
  • cross-country skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowshoeing
  • snowmobiling
  • and other outdoor winter activities.

On the other hand, there is the temptation to pretend we are a bear and just hibernate until the spring thaw comes.

The truth is, becoming inactive during winter can be one of the worst things you can do for your health. It might seem tough to enjoy the short days and long nights of winter, but spending time outside during each winter’s day offers several health benefits. Continue reading

The cold, grey days and long, dreary nights of winter are an ideal time to establish a mindfulness practice.

Mindfulness is helpful in dealing with stress and other challenges such as anxiety and depression, and it is an effective self-care tool that can easily be applied by anyone, anywhere.

Whether one has been an adherent of mindfulness for many years or is a novice, there are practices that can be incorporated into daily life that can help to bring a sense of calm and peace to both our inner and outer beings.

Some practical ways to practice mindfulness in the winter include the following:

Sitting Meditation

Perhaps the most well-known mindfulness technique, sitting meditation essentially involves quieting your mind and recognizing your emotions. By doing this, we can honor our feelings while at the same time learn not to be controlled by them. Continue reading

During the winter, you will notice that your hair and skin become drier. This problem is caused by the dry climate-controlled air in your home and workplace. In addition, the colder temperatures can affect your skin and hair.

You may develop itchy skin on various areas of your body, including your knees, elbows and hands. The texture of your hair may also change slightly, making it unmanageable because it is frizzy.

However, there are winter self-care tips for your skin and hair so that you can continue to have soft skin and luxurious hair.

Drink a Lot of Liquids

You may think that you need fewer liquids in the winter, but this isn’t true. The cold temperatures of winter can make you extremely thirsty, and if your mouth and lips seem dry, then you are already dehydrated. It is important to drink at least eight glasses of water each day to remain hydrated. Continue reading