Winter seems to feel really long by the time February rolls around when we’re all bundled up and often stuck inside, and even the gym loses its luster. But the life coaches at Wisebread.com, a blogging site for the active but thrifty, suggest six life-care rituals to help get you through the long winter. Best of all? They’re free.
Embrace the harvest. The luscious summer fruits are gone, but it’s time to embrace winter’s bounty. Slice up some root vegetables—carrots, beets, and potatoes—along with mushrooms, red onion, and colorful peppers, and place them in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, toss gently with a little olive oil, and roast for 30 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Moisturize aplenty. Winter saps the moisture from your skin. Crank up the humidifier, apply soothing lotion all over your body, and curl up with a good book or movie.
Meditate and reflect. Turn on some soft music and take the time to meditate and reflect on the good things in your life and the good things you want to accomplish. Take advantage of this time to nourish yourself without spending a dime.
Get inspired. Surround yourself with your favorite tunes, books, and magazines and steep yourself in the arts. This is a proven way to combat Seasonal Disaffected Disorder (SAD)—a very real phenomenon brought on by the colder, darker, lonelier winter months.
Seek refuge in art and science. If you’re going to be indoors, spend some time in a museum of art or science. You’ll be surrounded by other enthusiasts like yourself, and the time spent in these spaces can be a welcome break from the isolation of winter.
Snooze a little. Winter is the perfect time for restoring yourself mentally and physically. Give in to the urge to sleep more, and to nap now and then, so you’re ready to greet spring feeling restored, refreshed, and ready for more active days.
By Barbara Pronin