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Winter is upon us and you might already be feeling the bite. We all know how much fun the holiday season can be but there are downsides and challenges that need to be fought as well. Your wellbeing and general health should be at the forefront of your mind this season because you will enjoy the festivities and fun much more if you’re feeling positive and healthy each day.

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It’s not always obvious what you should be doing in winter to look after yourself and your wellbeing and that’s why this guide has been put together to help you out and clear things up. Don’t view these ideas as hassles or chores because they’re for your benefit. Without further ado, here’s what you should do this winter if you really care about yourself and your overall wellbeing.

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Prevent the Cold Drying Out Your Skin With Face Masks

Your skin is particularly vulnerable to the cold of winter so it makes sense to take better care of it during the season ahead. Face masks are your ideal weapon against the effects the winter cold can have on your skin. They can replenish it and keep it properly moisturized; that’s exactly what you need because people often find that their facial skin dries out during the winter months.

Curb the Habits You Tend to Indulge in More Regularly During Winter

Our bad habits tend to be magnified and accentuated during the winter months. We eat more bad food, we drink more alcohol and we might even indulge in a little more social smoking than we normally would. If you want to curb your smoking habit ahead of the festivities, go to ecigwizard.com and consider using e-cigarettes. You should also pay more attention to your drinking habits. There is nothing wrong with indulging a little, but don’t let it go too far.

Start Each Winter’s Morning With Protein and Vegetables

The way you start your day is even more important during the winter because you don’t want the cold and bitterness to wear you down before you even reach your lunch break. Your body will be in a much better position to cope with the challenges of the day if you begin each winter’s morning with a breakfast of proteins and vegetables. Meat and eggs are good, and you can combine these with antioxidant-rich foods such as kale.

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Boost Your Immune System by Getting More Sleep

Your immune system needs to be stronger during winter than at any time of the year because of the number of germs and viruses flying through the air. Not many people realize this but the amount of sleep you get has a direct impact on the strength of your immune system so make sure you put a special emphasis on the amount of sleep you get this winter. It might just help you to prevent those nasty illnesses.

Keep Your Mind Stimulated With Creative Projects

Let’s face it; we often end up sitting around, eating a lot and not doing much else when the holiday season comes around each year. That’s not what you should be doing if you want to keep your mental health in good shape; mental stimulation is key to your wellbeing so give your mind a workout. You can visit www.melyssagriffin.com if you’re in need of some ideas for creative projects to take on.

Take Some Time Out in the Country

Taking some time out in the country can be a massive relief if you’re used to spending winter in the city. It allows you to step back from the busy streets and Christmas shoppers, and you can instead make the most of the natural environment and feel a little more at ease and less mentally exhausted. The country has the fresh air and the lack of people that you need when city life is getting you down.

Make the Most of Time With Your Loved Ones

This is what the festive season should be all about. It’s the time of the year when family members who might not see each other all that much during the rest of the year come together to enjoy Christmas and New Year, or whichever other religious festivals might be celebrated in your home. Make the most of that time together because it will improve your relationships and your own mental wellbeing and life fulfillment going forward.

Winter can be harsh and hard to deal with at times so don’t lose sight of what matters most: you. Each of the ideas discussed here will help you look after yourself better and keep your body and mind in top shape.

 

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It is just now cooling down a bit today here in DC and we know that the cold weather is on its way. Wearing mittens all winter long is never going to be the best thing for your hands all winter. They can help to protect your skin from cold, but it isn’t dealing with the root of the problem. So here is a quick and handy guide to help you deal with the winter temperatures and to help your hands and nails looking at their best.

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There is a massive loss of moisture from our hands and nails in winter. The temperatures are more extreme; going from freezing cold outside to warm and toasty inside. Not to mention the extremes directly on our hands too. Holding a hot latte outside one minute, and then throwing snowballs the next. It is obvious to see that this can lose the moisture in your hands and nails. So look for ways to add moisture to your hands and nails, rather than take the moisture away. Nail polish removers that are acetone based can dry your nails out unfortunately, as well as washing up liquid, and alcohol-based sanitizers. So wear gloves if you’re doing the dishes and use plenty of moisturizer afterward, if you do need to use any of those products.

If you’ve got a nice sparkling diamond from somewhere like 77 Diamonds, then you’re going to want to keep it looking shiny. Not to mention that you want the hand it is on to be looking good too. So there are ways that can care for your hands and nails, as well as your jewelry. Olive oil can be a great natural way to add moisture to nails, and it won’t do any harm to your pretty jewels either. Lotions that contain urea are also a good way to go. It will help to keep moisture in the skin too. Using a hydrating cream is a good way to promote healthy nail growth too. Massage it into your cuticles, and it will help your nails to grow stronger. Another great way to get your hands, nails, and ring fingers looking good over the festive period.

An intensive treatment for your hands and nails is going to be a sure-fire way to lock the moisture in. So it is recommended that you do an intensive treatment around once a week. Soaking your nails in some lukewarm water for five minutes or so can be all that is needed. Then you could coat your nails in olive oil (or a specific cuticle oil). If you can, put your hands in cotton gloves for around an hour afterwards, to really feel the benefit of the treatment. You can usually get cotton gloves in most large manicure sets.

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One last tip is to always have something on your nails. It is a myth that nails need to breathe. They can absorb oils, with or without polish on. But having a coat of armor on from polish or shellacs can really help to keep it away from water, which can dry out the nails more. Teamed with a cuticle oil, you should be good to go!

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For many of us, winter is a glorious time of year when we enjoy nothing better than curling up in front of a roaring fire and embracing all the latest knitwear trends. That said, there’s no doubt that winter weather has its downsides. Heavy downpours, icy winds, and sudden snowstorms can wreak havoc when it comes to looking and feeling beautiful. If you’re keen to conquer the elements, here are some winter essentials to add to your cosmetic bag.

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Primer

It’s tough enough to find foundation that stays in place for hours on end without having to factor in adverse weather conditions. Primer is a wonder product, which is often hailed by makeup artists as the most important item in their kit. Primer not only creates an even surface to work with. It also helps to prolong the life expectancy of your makeup. You can buy all kinds of primers at all price points, so ask makeup artists and assistants at the counters for advice, and read reviews online. If you have oily skin, go for a matte primer. If you have dry skin, opt for something that will add luminosity.

Setting spray or powder

The last thing you want when you’ve spent half an hour perfecting your makeup is for it to seemingly blow off your face as soon as you set foot through the door. Using setting spray or powder is essentially similar to using hairspray to keep your ‘do in place. All you need to do is shake the bottle and spritz onto the skin or apply a thin veil of powder on top of your foundation. Powder is best for oily skin while spray works well for normal and dry skin.

Skin and lip care

The winter weather can take its toll on your skin and lips. We tend to suffer from dry skin and lips when it’s cold outside. In the cooler months, it’s worth investing in a more intensive moisturizer, and a treatment oil that takes care of your lips. It is possible to achieve glowing skin and soft lips in the winter. You just need the right products. If you have very dry skin, it may be worth swapping lotions for oils or serums. As the weather warms up, you can switch back to lighter products.

Hand cream

Your hands often bear the brunt of wintry weather, and it’s important to try and protect them when it’s freezing or blowing a gale. Wear gloves to keep your hands warm, and try and remember to moisturize daily. You can use everyday creams you would use on your face, but it’s worth looking into buying hand creams. They tend to be heavy-duty, and this can help to prevent dry, cracked skin.

It’s chilly outside, and this can make it increasingly challenging to look your best. If you’re eager to conquer the elements this winter, these helpful tips will hopefully come in handy. Don’t let the weather dampen your spirits. With these secrets, you’ll look and feel amazing come rain or shine.

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At around this time every year, there are countless businesses keen to remind you of the existence of “Blue Monday.” It’s the day when we are far enough away from payday to have no money in our bank accounts. The Christmas holidays are but a distant memory, the decorations have come down, and everything looks grim.

One seasonal phenomenon that is very real is SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). This time of year with its longer nights and shorter days affects many of us negatively. Spring is not a million miles away, but right now it feels like it is. So what do you do to feel like it’s a bit closer?

Book A Holiday

Yes, even knowing what we know about their dastardly scheme, holiday companies are onto something. A short break in the early part of the year can be beneficial. It cuts right into the seemingly endless period of long work hours. When you start in the morning while it’s still dark, and end in the evening (and it’s dark again), it’s enough to make anyone feel down. So take a short break somewhere sunny.

If you don’t have the money available, look around for possessions you can bear to part with. It’s surely better to sell Rolex watches or unwanted Christmas gifts than run up a credit card bill.

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Develop A Nesting Instinct

Something often experienced by expectant mothers, a nesting instinct causes you to prioritize comfort. It encourages you to keep those you love close, and stay in a cozy, safe home. It can definitely make those long evenings feel a lot less dark. Pick up some blankets and throws in the still-ongoing January sales. Fire up your TV streaming services. Invite friends around for a night in and keep winter outside.

Appreciate The Beauty Of The Season

Yes, January has a lot to answer for. It’s cold, and you probably won’t get through it without at least one bout of illness. It begins with the effective end of the party season. You can feel vengeful towards it all you want, but look at the positives. It can also be one of the most beautiful months of the year. If it snows where you are this January, wrap up warm and get out in it.

Build a snowman. Throw snowballs – ideally at friends, as some strangers may not find it so funny. Relive your childhood a little bit. While winter may have its drawbacks, it’s an absolute gift for your Instagram account. It’s also a fantastic excuse to come back indoors and have the most luxurious hot chocolate you can conceive of. This is the month when you most need an endorphin rush – so get one!

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I don’t know about you, but winter is one of my favorite fashion seasons because I just love the beautiful pieces that are on offer. From beautifully warm and cozy knit sweaters to faux fur vests, there are just so many gorgeous designs on the shelves.

Of course, like most fashion lovers I dream of updating my wardrobe with new, on-trend designs each season. However, if we’re being honest about it, buying a whole new wardrobe, each season is incredibly expensive, not to mention wasteful.

Is there a compromise – can you be on-trend without spending hundreds on a new wardrobe each winter? Yes, you can – the answer is accessories. Believe it or not, you can easily (and affordably) update your winter wardrobe with just a few well thought out accessories.

The question is, what are the must-have winter accessories that every wardrobe needs? It’s time to find out – for everything that you need to know, keep reading.

Get inspired online

Obviously, when it comes to picking the perfect accessories, knowing what’s on-trend is crucial. There’s no point wasting your money on items that aren’t in fashion, is there? So it’s worthwhile taking the time to get inspiration online, such as from style blogs like Joyfully Styled, for instance, as well as from photo sharing sites like Pinterest – there is lots of fashion inspiration available on these types of sites. So they’re well worth taking the time to have a look at.

Write a list of all the most on-trend essentials

As you’re having a browse online, and also in style magazines, make sure to take note of any on-trend winter accessories. You can either opt to take screenshots of them on your smartphone or tablet, or you can simply write down the name of them and where they come from. So that when it comes to buying your chosen accessories, you know what kind of items you want.

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As a guide, I thought I would also share some accessory suggestions that are perfect for giving your winter wardrobe an update.

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Woolen knit hats are very stylish, especially designs sporting a pom pom – there are even some designs with two pom poms. However, hats with double pom poms tend to be better suited to children, rather than adults. Don’t suit woolen hats? How about a fedora-style hat then? These look incredibly smart and elegant and are ideal for teaming with any outfit.

This season, scarves are big business, especially if they come in an eye-catching printed design or pretty pastel hue. Once again, pastel pink is on-trend, and so you are sure to find plenty of accessories in this pretty shade. As well as traditional scarves, over-the-head snoods are also very in this season and come in various styles and prints.

This winter, satchel-style shoulder bags are the in-thing, and come in all sorts of styles and colors. From musty pink to dark burgundy, there’s a color and style that’s perfect for everyone. It’s just a case of picking out a bag style that works for you.

Want to upgrade your wardrobe this winter without spending a fortune? Then take note of the tips above and use accessories to give your old clothes a new, on-trend look.

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