The chilly night time breeze brings with it the promise of the most awaited season of the year; winter. There’s so much to look forward to during this magical time of the year, be it the first snowfall, the festivities or simply the warm cozy nights spent curled up in front of the fireplace with your favorite book and a mug of hot chocolate. I can totally see myself doing just that.

However, the season can also be an overwhelming time with the stress of hosting dinner parties and shopping for gifts. It is also mostly during this time that many of us make poor food choices, over eating and over-indulging, only to regret it later. The stress and anxiety during the holiday season often results in our skin acting up, causing agitated skin and acne breakouts. This is why in order to make the most of the upcoming winter season while also having a great time, it is important to take a few steps in order to avoid undue stress.

Updating skin care

The first and most important step of welcoming winter is to update your skin care routine. With the weather being extremely harsh and dry, it is important to hydrate, hydrate, and hydrate. Invest in a good moisturizer, looking for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, botanical extracts and natural humectants, like glycerin, aloe and honey, which help to keep your skin feeling moisturized and hydrated. Apply a moisturizing lip balm and keep a hand cream on you at all times. With your skin looking fresh, supple and hydrated, you’ll feel more confident to brace the winter season.

Appropriate diet

It is okay to indulge once in a while because we need to go easy on ourselves and our bodies. An occasional treat is important to keep yourself motivated to achieve your fitness goals. However, all that often goes out of the window during the winter months. Maybe it’s just the weather that makes one want to keep on munching, or the fact that the entire focus of the festivities is on the food. It is necessary not to lose sight of the goal or forgetting how hard one has worked to achieve those goals. Try to avoid grazing throughout the day and instead have 4-5 small meals that are packed with all the macros. For munching go for healthier alternatives like granola bars or fruits instead of cupcakes and sweets.

Take care of your health

The change in the weather often means catching a flu or cold. Coughing and sneezing is also common. Therefore it is necessary to include soups and bone broths in your diet to combat the seasonal viruses. Ginger and turmeric tea is another way to avoid falling sick and so is peppermint tea. These teas are known to improve the immune system function and help fight off illnesses like the common flu, cold and seasonal allergies. Ginger in particular has shown to be effective against respiratory conditions and help against respiratory tract infections.

Prepare beforehand

Be it a dinner party preparation, decorating or gift buying, it is important to prepare for things beforehand. Making a mental or written list of what gift to buy for each close one can make the shopping process smooth, and helps to avoid overspending. Same goes for decorating; having a budget in mind for the new things, while making do with some décor from last year will help you spruce up your house without the guilt of overspending. A week or so before hosting a dinner, try buying groceries and doing a bit of meal prep, so that the actual day is havoc free. This is give you time to catch a breather and enjoy with your friends and family without feeling exhausted and overtired.

Give yourself a break

Sometimes we get so caught up in the expectations of the season, feeling bound to attend each party and honoring each family tradition that we feel drained and overwhelmed. Decide beforehand what and who matters to you, and let go of the superfluous. Take out time to exercise and meditate. Spend time with your family and do things that fill your soul, be it reading, cooking or baking. It’s okay to set limits on what you are and are not willing to do for the sake of your mental well-being.

This winter season, promise yourself to take charge of your own health and happiness instead of going with the flow. Consciously taking these steps will help you feel more in charge of your life, and there will be no reason why this time of the year cannot be the best time of the year.

Here’s to a happy winter!

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