Self-Care Tips for January

You might want to curl up on the couch and eat starches from morning to night, and this is ok sometimes as part of a scheduled self-care routine, but there are other ways to take care of yourself during the winter. Be mindful of whether the issue is a need for small self-care rituals or whether the issue you face is bigger, such as depression or seasonal affective disorder which is a very real thing in kids and in adults. 

We hear a lot of chatter about self-care, but there are some situations that go beyond the scope of just a bubble bath and a manicure. For example, if you are facing abuse in a relationship, you can’t self-care your way into a more loving situation. An extremely stressful job or financial problems in a family are situations that may require bigger and more permanent changes, such as counseling with a therapist or the help of an attorney. 

But if you’re just facing the temporary winter blahs, the suggestions below can help improve your mood at least for a little while: 

*Bundle up and take a short walk when the sun is shining (to mitigate that cold) and expose you to some rays of sun during the short winter days.

*If you hate the cold, walk up and down the steps several times a day to give yourself a boost of energy and get your oxygen flowing.

*Consider using light therapy, with a device like the one found here. It really does help.

*Add root vegetables like squash into your diet to give yourself a boost of vitamins.

*Reread your favorite book.

*Read a completely silly book that you normally wouldn’t just because it is fun and light.

*Complete a puzzle with a friend one dreary weekend.

*Rewatch a movie you loved from when you were a kid or teenager and relive the enjoyment you felt back then.

*Visit an art or science museum to get your creative juices flowing.

*Watch YouTube and learn a new hobby, like crochet or painting. You don’t have to be great at it- just doing something different replaces something else we are missing.

*Pick a place in your house to organize to give yourself a feeling of accomplishment. Don’t get overwhelmed with the whole house or the whole room. Just work on this one corner.

*Make a list of the things you’ve accomplished. You will surprise yourself. Having trouble generating a list? Start a friend or sibling circle and send reminders of achievements to each other.

*Treat yourself to a small gift. Even something as small as a candle by your bedside can bring a smile to your face.

*Smell something good, like a candle or a freshly laundered towel.

*Keep your head up. Winter has a purpose and so do you!

Do you have any really helpful tips and tricks for beating the winter blahs? Share them with us!

About Deedee Cummings

As a therapist, attorney, author, and CEO of Make A Way Media, Deedee Cummings has a passion for making the world a better place. All 16 of Cummings’ diverse picture, poetry, and workbooks for kids reflect her professional knowledge and love of life. Colorful and vibrant, her children’s books are not only fun for kids and adults to read, they also work to teach coping skills, reinforce the universal message of love, encourage mindfulness, and facilitate inclusion for all. Cummings has spent more than two decades working within the family therapy and support field and much of her writing shares her experiences of working with kids in therapeutic foster care. As a result, her catalogs of published books for kids are filled with positive, hopeful messages. Using therapeutic techniques in her stories to teach coping skills, Cummings also strives to lessen the stigma that some people feel when it comes to receiving mental health assistance.
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