Keep reading for 5 winter self-care ideas to help beat the winter blues!
The average temperature in my area of Wisconsin during the winter is around 30 degrees with about 10 hours of daylight a day. Needless to say, if you spend too much time in the house you will go a little stir crazy.
Getting fresh air and exercise outdoors are wonderful ways to help beat back the winter blues. But you can only be outdoors for so long, especially if you have little kids, so the long dark winter can get to you.
The air in the house gets stale and stagnant and you long for spring days of warm sunshine and refreshing breezes. But it doesn’t have to be that way!! I have five ways you can keep your home cozy and inviting this winter.
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I love to light candles during the dark days of winter. I love the shimmering of candlelight. I use unscented tea lights for sconces in the hallway and the bathroom.
For the rest of the house I love to use scented jar candles
Candles in the bedroom, candles on the dining table, candles on the coffee table. ALL THE CANDLES!!
In my nearly 10 years of housewifery, I have found Yankee candles to be the best. They burn down evenly, and the scent fills our entire house even after burning for just a small amount of time.
Scented candles are a lifesaver during the winter. The house can smell like baking cookies or you can be whisked away to an ocean front. If you don’t have a fireplace in your home, candles are a great way to add light and scent to your home.
The power of smell is truly transforming. But it isn’t just candles that can do this.
Wax warmers are amazing, but they can get spendy. I use a candle warmer much like this one to melt the last bit of wax in the candle after the wick has burned out. I like to get all my money’s worth out of candles!
I love to get a great deal on candles. I have had great luck in the clearance aisle at Walmart and Walgreens. IKEA also has a wonderful selection of candles that smell amazing. However, cheaper candles tend not to burn evenly BUT using a wax warmer gives you some extra milage out of candles even after the wicks have burnt out.
Another scent enhancer! Incense is great because it is fairly inexpensive, it doesn’t burn for a long time, and the scent fills the room fast. As an added bonus, it helps my kids sleep at night too.
Another benefit is you don’t have to worry about candles burning or wax melting if you have little ones in the house. The only drawback is incense is a bit of a rabbit hole and if you buy one, you end up with 15 different kinds in your house 😂
Keep the house clean
It’s tempting not to clean in the winter because it doesn’t feel like things get dirty, but you can see all the difference if you keep up your regular cleaning routine.
We love using Dr. Bronner’s soap for all our cleaning! They come in a variety of scents, it has a 18 uses (including shampoo and body wash), it is 2-3 times more concentrated than regular cleaners, and because it isn’t as well known, it’s almost always in stock even when other cleaning supplies are not.
To keep the house fresh, I do laundry on a regular basis to keep the sheets and towels smelling fresh. And the whole family does a quick house clean on Saturday mornings. Teaches the kids responsibility and the house gets clean. Win-win!
During the winter, it seems like everything is hibernating. The trees are bare. The snow is blinding. People are cooped up in side. But the birds and squirrels are still out!! Seeing birds at the feeder each morning reminds you that nature doesn’t stop in the winter.
We put a bird feeder much like this one on a post right outside our living room window.
We keep it filled with black oil sunflower seeds. Sitting at the window watching them husk the seeds and scuffle with other squirrels provides entertainment during the doldrums of winter.
In addtion to our squirrel feeder and regular bird feeder, we love our finch feeder!
We keep it stocked with thistle seed to attract pretty birds all winter.
Winter doesn’t have to be a time where you stare out the window and long for summer to arrive faster. Take joy in the present moment and use my five tips to keep your home happy and cozy this winter!