4 Tips for Winter Self Care; Part 1
We're in the heart of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) season as we continue through winter. SAD is a form of depression triggered by shorter days and diminished sunlight. As a result, many people become lethargic, unmotivated, or even find they are grumpier than usual during the winter months. However, we believe that you can beat the Wintertime blues and live a life full of health and happiness through the power of simple actions done every day, such as; getting enough sleep, making your bed, staying active, and drinking black tea.
Get enough sleep
Necessary winter care (and a general wellness practice) tip is to get enough sleep. I know it can be challenging. But, for the most part, it's something we all know but doesn't always occur. In fact, according to medicareplus.gov, 20% of Americans get less than 5 hours of sleep each night. So, if you're part of this statistic, it may be time to make some changes so you can receive the rest that your body requires.
You need to sleep. I noticed that I get sick when I ignore my body's demands for proper sleep. So during cold weather seasons, like winter, make sure you take care of yourself and get enough shut-eye. It won't be easy with all the extra hours in the day because of the time change, but do it anyway! Then, after getting a night of restful sleep, be sure to make your bed!
We've got delicious teas to help you relax before bed to get you optimal sleep. Our "Me Time" tea is excellent when you need to pause and take a moment for yourself. This is the perfect blend of calming herbs to help you unwind and refocus. Our "It Was All a Dream" is the ideal mix of light flavors to send you off into a tranquil dreamy moment of rest.
Make Your Bed
Making your bed in the morning may sound really dull and trivial compared to doing something more productive. After all, it's just making the bed. Something about a tidy room motivates you to be in good spirits. When everything is in place, and there aren't any distractions. Something as simple as making your bed in the could trigger you to complete other tasks more efficiently, making your entire day much more productive and meaningful.
According to an article on verywellmind.com: "In the book, called Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life... And Maybe the World, published in 2017, McRaven extols the idea that making your bed in the morning sets you up for success. His theory is that just by making your bed, you've accomplished at least that one thing. So, the simple act of tidying up your covers lets you begin your morning with a small success that, the theory goes, will encourage many more throughout the day."
A bonus tip is to purchase bedding that makes you happy! I find that buying new bedding is a simple way to refresh my bedroom and make me feel a little happiness whenever I enter my room. Pick a color or pattern that makes you smile! Also, here's an excellent tutorial by "My Changed Life" on how to make your bed like a hotel does!
Stay Active by doing indoor exercises such as a HITT workout or fun walking workout. You can also find an indoor pool or walk around a mall. If you're into the outdoors, winter is still a great time to be active because it's not blistering hot! You can do fun activities like going on a hike, taking a walk, shoveling snow, go skiing.
According to the American Heart Association physical activity recommendations, you need at least 150 minutes of aerobic exercise per week to improve your quality of life. So sit less, move more, with more intensity. To make staying active more fun, be sure to acquire fun workout clothing that will help motivate you.
Drink Black Tea
Black tea is one of the most popular drinks in the modern world. Just like water, or coffee, it is enjoyed for its taste and as a way to give you energy. So, ask yourself — why black tea? How is it so special? Black tea is actually made from young leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant that have undergone a proper oxidation process. The tea itself is rich, with a sharp but still sweet taste. The caffeine in black tea can help reduce stress and fatigue without causing irritation (unlike coffee), making drinking it a popular part of various routines.
Black tea is known to have many health benefits. Packed with antioxidants, black tea can help your body fight free radicals, which may prevent serious illnesses like cancer and heart disease. In addition, black tea contains antimicrobial properties that kill off harmful substances and improve gut bacteria and immunity by helping repair the lining of the digestive tract. (1)
Who doesn't love to feel warm and snuggly during the winter? Unfortunately, during winter, the days are shorter and colder. The air is dryer, and the stress is higher, so it's time to take care of yourself with a cup (or two!) of our unique artisan black teas. These teas add healing properties from the spices in them. These healing properties include soothing your digestion, moisturizing your skin, helping with circulation, boosting your immune system, and more! We have 3 different types of black teas for you to choose from, Life's A Peach (Black tea and ginger), Summer Rain (Asam black tea & lavender), Get Chai Life (Darjeeling tea and classic chai spices.).
Winter can be a dark time, but we hope these tips help you combat some of winter's heaviness. Winter self-care is essential for our well-being and overall health. We want to help you Dwell in wellness this winter!