It’s easy to stomp your feet at the inevitable presence of cold weather. Wearing extra layers for weather that can add a nuisance to daily travel patterns, and having an increased awareness of illness, can be a bummer. Here are some ideas to bring joy to your life by sinking into what the cooler temperatures have to offer.
TRY A TREATMENT!
The slower winter months are ideal for trying out wellness services that get pushed to the back burner in the busier warmer months. It’s a beautiful opportunity to take time to find practitioners who align with your needs and with whom you genuinely feel comfortable.
If you’ve heard of Reiki, you know of its immediate calming effects on the body and mind.
If you haven’t heard of Reiki, here’s what it is – an ancient Japanese healing technique that focuses on balancing the flow of energies within the body. The process is simple, you lay down on a comfortable table, and your Reiki practitioner asks you a few general questions related to how you’re currently feeling and your goals. The next step is relaxing, and the certified Reiki master will silently start working. While not asleep, you’ll move into a state that feels somewhere between meditation and dreaming.
Afterwards, feelings of relaxation and revival are present. Following several sessions, shifts in energy are apparent as well as becoming more in tune with yours. Depending on your selection, most sessions last for 30- 90 minutes.
If you’re in Boston, try 7 on Centre.
Acupuncture for the face not only addresses the appearance of lines and wrinkles that affect everyone but according to the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (1), this therapy also addresses dermatological issues treated by a traditional facial. Signs that typically appear in winter, such as dryness and clogged pores, can be healed. An added benefit of Constitutional Facial Acupuncture is the regulation of imbalances in energy that affect the body’s natural harmonious functioning.
If you’re in Chicago, try Amethyst Holistic Skin Solutions.
Coming in from the outside brrr and stepping into your abode is one of the best feelings. Throw off your coat and sink in.
Snuggle Up and Read a Book
Taking a comfy seat with a blanket and your favorite mug of a warm beverage of your choice is something you just can’t do in warmer temperatures. Take advantage of it now! Even better, get lost in a book on a weekend afternoon and take an afternoon snooze.
Try These Reads:
Commonwealth by Anne Patchett.
“The enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families’ lives.”
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.
“…A riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who up-end their lives.”
Bluebird, Blue Bird by Attica Locke.
“…he was the first in his family to get as far away from Texas as he could. Until duty called him home.”
Draw a Bath and Listen to Your Favorite Podcast
Baths always get overlooked. Get it warm and steamy and add some bubbles for extra extravagance. You can catch up on your favorite podcast while you soak away any stress.
Try this organic bath bomb:
The Fleur D’ Extase Bath bombs. Sea Salt and Lavender Love.
(Image credit: Kira auf der Heide)
Cork is a perfect cold weather handbag material.
Try these bags on for size:
(1) Bailey Mini Tip by Wilby
(2)Bailey Rucksack by Wilby
(3) Bailey Saddle by Wilby
TAKE AN ADVENTURE!
Don’t forget venturing outside is still an option! There are lots of places that are crowded and sweaty in the summer months or close by but just get overlooked.
A trip to the aquarium is not only reserved for field trips in elementary school. Take yourself on a day trip and let your mind wander as you watch the fantastic creatures who swirl underneath the waves. You can travel at your own pace. Best of all if you’d like to purchase something at the gift shop you can because you’re an adult and you can do what you want. Most likely your increased inner zen will replace the need for a stuffed shark, but you never know.
If you’re in Austin, try Austin Aquarium
Botanical Garden Walk in The Snow
The nearby botanical garden is easy to slip your memory as an option for a free time activity. Take a walk through the serenely manicured grounds and marvel at the beauty of the different species of plants you never knew existed. There are indoor exhibits to escape the chill. With fewer crowds, you can be at one with your inner botanist.
If you’re in New York City, try New York Botanical Garden
Read More On.