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Putting Together a Winter Self-Care Kit

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Winter can be a difficult few months to get through. The cold weather keeps us indoors
and takes a toll on our bodies. Mood has been shown to be drastically worsened in the
winter than during any other season. So, before the first blizzard of the year, make sure
you get are prepared with some simple items that might help you make it until spring
decides to show up.

Winter Accessories

Just like you would get flip flops and sandals in anticipation for summer, winter needs its
own accessories. Whether it is a new, comfy hand knit scarf, mittens, or a new beanie
make sure you have the accessories to keep you warm and safe this winter. The
extremities get cold the fastest because your body naturally keeps your core, where
your vital organs are, warm before your hands, toes, and face. Therefore, you will need
to prepare clothing that will keep them extra toasty this winter.

Skincare Products

The dry, cold winter can have devastating effects on your skin. Make sure you have
moisturizers to keep your skin nurtured, soft, and not chapped this winter. One of the
most sensitive areas are the lips, where chapping can happen with the barest exposure
to a harsh winter. Opt for an “ointment”-type moisturizer that is oil-based rather than
water-based to create a protective barrier on your skin that will better retain moisture.
This should prevent cracking, chapping, or itching of the skin, especially if you keep
them covered up with winter accessories!

Vitamin D Supplements

The body produces vitamin D naturally, but only when it is exposed to regular sunshine.
Vitamin D is related to bone maintenance, absorption of calcium, balance, and memory.
During winter months, when the days are shorter and you’re inside more often, you will
have to take a vitamin D supplement to make up for the lack of sunshine and natural
vitamin D production. Go for clear, football-shaped vitamin D3, which has been shown
to have a greater effect than vitamin D2, which is white and opaque.

Indoor Workout Plans

Regular exercise is a part of any healthy lifestyle, so it is important to remain active
throughout the winter months. For those who work out regularly outside, this may not be
possible after a blizzard, so it is necessary to have plans to do alternative exercises at
home.

Most yoga programs can be done at home with the aid of a DVD or an online streaming
service for both physical, emotional, and mental strengthening. If you have access to a
car, you can still attend in-person yoga classes, since most of the time will still be spent
indoors.

High-intensity interval training with bodyweight exercises is another often recommended
form of indoor exercise, particularly using the 4-minute Tabata method. This is a method
where you exercise strenuously for 20 seconds followed by 10 seconds of rest for 8
cycles. This has been demonstrated to be equivalent to a 30-minute workout!

Winter can be scary to anticipate, but people have gone through them for millennia with
a bit of preparation. If you put together a winter self-care kit that addresses your needs,
you should be able to make it without any problems. Keeping your body healthy and
active will make the 3 months go by like nothing!

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