My Ultimate Winter Care Package

Jan 15, 2019

Winter is one of those odd seasons. Some obsess over it, others absolutely dread it. Seasonal depression is real! Not everyone is filled with joy during the holidays. Not everyone feels optimistic at the new year. I'm usually the former - I adore the winter season. But this year it hasn't been so cheerful honestly.

So I made this little winter care package for those who are in a seasonal funk right now (or for those seeking self-care tips!). The things I mention below are not quick fixes for depression - there’s no such thing. But these products, practices, and ideas might help with lifting your mood and creating a sense of positivity.

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The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts - I grab this quick read when I don’t feel like diving into a big, overwhelming novel. The doodles are the cutest! And the animal tidbits are actually super interesting.

OOLY Lil' Pods Watercolor - They’re inexpensive so there’s no pressure to “mess up”. Watercolor is one of the most positive things in my life. I really disconnect, sometimes getting lost in a painting for hours without thinking about anything else.

One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book - I gifted this to my husband for Christmas. Writing a sentence or two about his day allows him to stop and take a break. Our lives are hectic, so these calming moments of reflection are good for his daily routine.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Rosewater and Green Tea - Skincare is so overplayed in the self-care world. But sometimes it does help! These mists have rosewater and green tea which both feel light, therapeutic, and calming. They smell amazing, too. I use the green tea bottle almost daily.

Chai Latte Concentrate - I used to live on this chai, it’s so comforting. Huge plus: It’s easy to make so there’s no extra effort if you’re not feeling great. You just add some to your cup and fill the rest up with your favorite milk. Heat if you want. You've got a chai latte in less than a minute!

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Write a Letter to Yourself
I like to write to myself. It gives me someone to talk to who understands. Sounds weird but you should be getting to know yourself more than anyone else.

Drink Water
This is your reminder - go now!

Work On A Morning (or Night) Routine
I think routines are great. We’re human and humans like habits. Make your habits healthy. Routines can be as complex as having a skin care regimen and goal planning session. Or it can be as simple as waking up ten minutes early and writing a to-do list.

Declutter Something, Anything
Your room, the kitchen sink, your bag. Anything. Decluttering is my favorite(!!!) thing to do. I can’t explain how freeing it is to get rid of stuff I no longer need. Less clutter in your life = weightless good vibes.

Reread a Book
Don’t get into something new. Pick up something familiar, maybe a childhood favorite if you have one. I like to read poems by Shel Silverstein. I can say I’m never upset while reading them.

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Creamy Tomato Soup - There’s nothing I love more than a yummy bowl of soup. It’s the ultimate comfort food. You can omit or replace the dairy if you’re not into it.

Chocolate Lava Cake - There are definitely studies behind chocolate being a mood booster. When you pair chocolate with a warm and decadent recipe, it’s the best feel-good dessert.

Lemon Garlic Pasta - Lemon adds brightness to a dish that makes your tastebuds pay attention. Sometimes we get lost in downing food rather than slowly savoring and enjoying it (guilty).

London Fog - This creamy tea concoction has a touch of sweetness that takes it from a simple Earl Grey to a cozy cafe drink. Someone told me about it recently and I think it's genius!

I’m sending this winter care package to all of you lovely people. I wish you the best during the winter season. And even if you’re in a great mood these days, I hope this list gives you an uplifting boost!
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