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Reader Submissions: Your Winter Self-Care Checklist

Adjusting to the cold weather and short, sometimes dreary days isn’t always easy, and that’s why prioritizing self-care in the winter is so important. We turned to our Printfresh community to help create our ideal winter self-care checklist. Read on and check a few of these restorative activities off your list this season. 
December 2021
Reader Submissions: Your Winter Self-Care Checklist
Reader Submissions: Your Winter Self-Care Checklist

Adjusting to the cold weather and short, sometimes dreary days isn’t always easy, and that’s why prioritizing self-care in the winter is so important. We turned to our Printfresh community to help create our ideal winter self-care checklist. Read on and check a few of these restorative activities off your list this season.

Winter is full of many joyful occasions like the holidays, the first snowfall, and plenty of cozy activities, but it’s also the time of year that we battle early darkness and way more time spent indoors. It’s important to combat these challenges with activities that make us feel rested and restored. Make taking care of you a priority this season with our reader recommended self-care winter checklist. 

1. Take care of your skin.

MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE.” - @ryleejerolaman

“Switch to a heavier moisturizer, and start up my humidifier…I’m already drying up!” - @bellaabdai

Cold, dry air (and the endless handwashing) can dry out your skin making it appear dull, feel itchy and even lead to cuts and scrapes. Make sure you revisit your skincare routine through the chillier months. Many people choose to swap out their daily moisturizer for a heavier cream to keep their skin thoroughly hydrated, including Printfresh founder Amy Voloshin. She says, “I love my Forest Essentials Soundarya Radiance Cream as well as the Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Treatment Lip Balm to stay away from dreaded chapped lips.” 

2. Build occasional facials and massages into your schedule.

“Once a week, hair mask, rosehip facial massage with a cup of tea.” - @tacewashere

Whether you book an appointment at a spa or create the ultimate spa night at home, it’s important to treat yourself to a little extra TLC in the winter. Not only will your face and body thank you, but the peaceful time to yourself can refresh your mind as well.  

3. Elevate your at-home spa night with a bubble bath.

“More hot bubble baths 🛁” - @tiffanyotto

One of the simplest ways to unwind both mind and body is a luxurious bubble bath. Invest in some bath salts or a bomb that you love, turn on some music and pair your bath with a glass of wine, tea, or a good book – and make your bath a self-care ritual that you look forward to. 

“Reading is a great down-time activity (especially when it’s cold outside), and I plan on doing a lot more this winter. I also want to work on my current needlepoint project from Sara Fitz and find more time to bake with my kids.”
– Amy, Founder

4. Make sure to get a good night’s sleep.

“Sleeping 8 hours a night.” - @sarah.otterness

The importance of good sleep cannot be overstated, so take advantage of the dark evenings and send yourself to bed early a night or two each week. This is especially true when work is busy or your evenings are full of social commitments. Getting even one really good night's sleep can help to restore your energy levels, improve your mood, and keep you looking great.

5. Never stop treating yourself.

“Cozy, cute pjs of course!” - @kmwils19

“Seasonal coffee drinks. It’s expensive but totally self-care!”
- @sbtomfohr

If you are feeling down, find small ways to indulge that make you feel better. No, we aren’t recommending you try to shop your blues away (it rarely works, and it’s bad for the environment). Instead, save up for a purchase so that you have something to look forward to, or grant yourself permission to indulge in a weekly treat (like those seasonal coffee drinks). 

"Looking for an extra relaxing night? Try sleeping with a weighted blanket for extra warmth on cold nights."
- Amy, Founder

6. Take care of your body.

“Eat more vegetables.” - @photoglg

“Start riding the Peloton more.” - @brebrixler

Taking care of your body can also improve your mind, so making exercise and healthy eating a priority can make a huge difference in your overall well-being. However, it’s important not to make unrealistic goals during this busy time. Start with something small – like creating a daily vitamin routine, incorporating a gentle form of exercise like yoga into your schedule, or simply making more time for movement. With consistency, even the smallest things can make a big difference. 

7. Find down time for yourself.

“Decluttering. An uncluttered space = an uncluttered mind.”
- @shegambolsinpearls 

“Down time with lots of needlepointing.” - @catedselwatson

Finding time for yourself can mean so many things, so we encourage you to identify an activity that you care about and make time for it (even if it’s 15 minutes). It’s less about finding time to do nothing and more about creating time to explore the things you love to do (outside of being on the internet, of course).

“I like to light a pine scented candle to set the vibes. Then, I plug in my cozy twinkly lights, grab my foot warmer, and indulge in a completely relaxing evening. You don’t have to go out to have exciting plans. A night in can be just as fun when you take the time to make it extra special.”
– Amy, Founder 

8. Try to get fresh air every day.

“More time outside.” - @ellenvcox

“More time spent moving gently outside” - @heyashjp

For those of us in colder climates, getting outside for fresh air may not be the most desirable winter activity, but it does have its benefits. Bundle up and get outside (ideally when the sun is out to absorb some Vitamin D). Even 15-20 minutes of sun a day can help to fight Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). It also may be helpful to start taking a Vitamin D supplement, but you should check with your dr. first.

9. Go all out on your cozy nights in.

Diptyque candles.” - @cteody

“A cozy night in + takeout 🥡🥢"” - @serbear95

On those nights when it’s just too cold to go out, make an event out of staying at home. Curate the ultimate cozy night in, complete with all your favorite comfort items and activities. 

Do you have any other winter self-care musts that you swear by? Tell us in the comment section below. 

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