Self Care tips for January

craftcartwright Health 205 Comments

I often find January the worst of the winter months. Christmas is over and the lights go down and yet January can often be darker and more miserable. This Christmas I managed to escape the dreaded teacher bug. But now January has hit I’ve gone down with all manner of coughs and colds. So here are my self care tips to get you through January and beyond.

Self care tips – Eat well

Choose dishes with lots of fresh veggies in. Try and eat as fresh as possible and if you can cook from scratch. If you are really poorly get someone else to do it. Go for slow release carbohydrates like porridge. Avoid alcohol and things like chocolate. I know they seem like the thing you want, but they are not thing you need.

Looking for an extra boost – try adding some spirulina in your diet.


Best drink for sore throats – good old fashioned honey and lemon.

matcha tea, jar of honey, mug, three satsuma, four lemons on a white washed floor for self care tips

I’m not a big fan of taking supplements, but sometimes I need a boost and I find Berocca can help me get fitting fit again quicker.

Relax

I know this is almost the hardest one to do. Especially when your juggling work, the kids and an every growing to do list. But it is really worth it. I have set myself aside twenty minutes a day to read a book and I have felt the benefits enormously. Not only with my health because I’m relaxing, but also with my mind. I’m finding it much easier to sleep. As I tend to read in the evening and winding down was hard for me.

Stay warm

Keep warm when heading outside, make sure you wear a scarf to keep your throat warm and something to cover your ears. There is nothing worse than ear ache on top of a cold!

When indoors, comfort yourself with a blanket on the sofa and perhaps wrap yourself up in your dressing gown.

Self care tips from other bloggers

Victoria from www.healthyvix.com

Remember to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water. It can be trickier in the winter as we don’t feel as thirsty, but still important to drink plenty to prevent headaches, stay alert, keep energy levels up and great for skin too!

Sarah from www.lifeinabreakdown.com

Make sure you make some you time and pamper yourself, no matter if it’s bubble bath, facemask, some time doing some colouring or watching a funny movie – do something you love!

three satsumas and four lemons on whitewashed boards for self care tips

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  1. Try to eat a balanced diet with so many sweet temptations about its all too easy to skip the food ee should have

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  2. Don’t stay indoors even though the cold, dark weather entices you to; wrap up warm and go outside as you’ll appreciate a hot chocolate and a snuggle on the sofa all the more if it follows a brisk walk.

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  3. Listen to your winter body asking for more sleep, more sunlight, or a warmer room. Give yourself what you need, but don’t over indulge – optimize instead. Eat less refined sugar, but enjoy more natural sugars from maple syrup or honey, don’t overeat, get your normal 7-8 hours of sleep and continue to move and exercise.

    You may want to move slowly, like a few good stretches, or you may want to feel the brisk air against your skin and take a fast walk. Ask your body what it needs and listen wisely to its answers. Balance is key during the winter months .

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  4. I tend to hibernate in winter- cosy evenings, chunky jumpers and hearty comfort food. But I really find gettting outside into some fresh air and natural light really makes a difference- especially in winter when the days can seem so short.

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  5. Good tips, thank you. 🙂 I find January the worst month too, after the excitemnt of Christmas is over and it’s still bleak and cold. I enjoy hot drinks at tis time of year, like hot chocolate and coffee.

    #brilliantblogposts

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  6. January is THE time for self care when we can all feel a bit miserable. I’m a supplement junkie and Spirulina is great. Second having to wrap up warm! The robe looks like the perfect thing to keep you snug at home. Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely xox

  7. My tip is turmeric. I swear by it. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties so protects me from cold and helps me with the winter joint pains. Even my gums are feeling stronger.

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  8. As well as making sure to wrap up well, I always clean my hands after touching surfaces that could have been touched by other people. Sounds a bit OCD but it’s very easy to pick up nasties from hand rails on public transport, door handles etc. and then inadvertently transfer them to your nose or mouth.

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  9. My top tips for self care in Winter is top make pots of vegetable soup so you are eating healthy and keeping warm at the same time.

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  10. To drink plenty of water, to eat healthily and lots of vegetables, to just use many creams and lotions and of course having many pampering baths or showers! 🙂

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  11. Stay warm, frequent hand washing to help combat germ spread, taking a daily vitamin D supplement (recommended for all UK adults during the winter months, try to eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruit and veg :o)

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  12. There are some great tips here, and sorry you’ve been ill this month. I had everything before and during Christmas 🙁 I definitely agree with relaxing as much as you can….although when? Hope you feel better soon and thanks for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

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  13. Thank you so much for sharing this with us for #ablogginggoodtime Just to let you know that sadly Catie (Spectrum Mum) will no longer be a co-host for #ablooginggoodtime, we will have a new co-host this Thursday and you can still link up through Katie or myself reflectionsfromme.com Thanks, love Mackenzie

  14. Drink water to stay hydrated as radiators dry skin, protect skin and lips with moisturiser, wear gloves, and remember to always use the sanitiser on walls in hospitals and corridors/schools, care homes etc. to prevent spread of germs. You would be surprised how many don’t and a lot are men.

  15. I find I need to hydrate and moisturise more in winter, what with having central heating on and all those layers of clothes when outside. So my tip is to drink more and try and get some sunlight when weather permits.

  16. You have given some great tips here. I always use honey, lemon and ginger when I’m not feeling great. In fact, I try to drink lemon and ginger tea (just a slice of lemon and a slice of ginger in hot water) each morning. I’ve read it’s the best thing you can do for your body. I stick some honey in when I’m not feeling right.

    Other than that, avoid refined sugars, try and get out for a walk each day, stay warm and use meditation to relax your mind.

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  17. Well I take a multivitamins & minerals tablet as advised which helps with trying to keep my Chest infections at bay has I have COPD Asthma. One thing I do try to do is if I am on public transport or pushing shopping trolley is wear gloves to try & germs at bay.

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  18. Try to avoid putting your hands near your face and mouth (especially when you’re out – something like touching a door handle that someone who has a cold has opened and then touch your face…) and I think something like a zinc supplement is a good idea, and definitely Vitamin D

  19. If you keep your feet warm by wearing thick socks and sensible shoes or slippers, then the rest of your body will never feel as cold.

  20. Make sure you still get outside and get some fresh air even in the cold, it makes you feel better, gets rid of some of the germs and helps your skin 🙂

  21. Always wear boots with fur lining for cosy toes, and make sure I wear tights under my trousers, so my legs are warm too!

  22. You can never have enough fresh vegetables or fruit, especially in winter. Keep cosy, get fresh air when you can and think of spring around the corner!

  23. Get some good walking shoes on, waterproofs and get out walking. The fresh air will be good for you and that Hot Chocolate with all the trimmings after you get home tastes so nice and it’s a great way to warm you up.

  24. Try to go for regular walks to keep fit. But get wrapped up. Keep warm indoors – layers are best. Avoid catching germs by washing your hands regularly, especially after touching escalators, door handles etc when out

  25. Several layers of thin warm clothing as opposed to one or two layers of thick to keep warm
    Plenty of warm drinks aswell as your daily intake of fresh bottled water and fruit juices
    Even though it’s the Winter months try to get as much fresh air and exercise as possible
    Warm nourishing meals packed with plenty of vitamin enriched vegetables ( Homemade soups are fab for this )

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