Winter weather is exhausting. It’s tiring to feel cold all the time and be surrounded by gray clouds. The chill, damp nature of winter leaves our bones begging for sustainable warmth. You find yourself longing for the summer and time just seems to drag on. But you can make life more beautiful in this season.

How to be Happier in the Winter

Limit your screen time

As a whole, our society forgets how important it is to rest our minds from our screen-addicted culture (this I say while writing from a computer of course). But the point remains. We have a hard time turning off our screens. We likely spend half our day in front of a computer, then go home to zone out on TV and the internet. This over works our eyes and causes us to be more tired and get poor sleep.

Less obligations

We tend to say “yes” too much to people and then find ourselves missing times of relaxation and needed stillness. When we say “no” appropriately, we remind others and ourselves of our personal value and the self-respect that should go along with it.  You know what’s going to benefit and drain you; it’s ok to set those boundaries.

Go outside

Although it might be gray and cold outside, fresh air is so necessary. Get out your rain or snow gear and feel alive. Go for a hike, take a walk, or just find a reason to move your body. We can counter the cold weather by deep breathing and increased circulation in the fresh air.  I know it may be hard to get up the gusto, but it’s worth it. Love yourself enough to make it happen.

How to be Warmer in the Winter

New ways to get warm  

Heat therapy does wonders for the cold body. Steam rooms and saunas offer a world of relief, relaxation, and detoxification in this season of cold and flu.

In many European countries, it’s the norm to have a sauna in your home or apartment building. We haven’t caught up with that yet, but it doesn’t mean they’re hard to find.

Usually your local gym and fitness center will have a room available for you. However, if this isn’t an option, take a steam bath or steam shower at least twice a week to really sink some heat into your bones. And for an added bonus, spritz some Eucalyptus ShowerMist into the steam and cleanse your bronchial passages.

Winter can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be miserable. Make an effort to care for yourself from the inside out.

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