Winter is in full force and for some parts of the country there seems to be no end in sight. Does lack of motivation, low energy and dry skin sound familiar to you? Then take a little time out for yourself in order to help you get into harmony with the winter season.

Here are a few simple winter rituals you’ll want to keep in mind to get you through the rest of the colder, darker months.

Scented candles – Set the mood in your home, office or bathroom this winter with the use of some scented candles. A few popular winter scents include pine, lemon myrtle, cinnamon and jasmine.

Baths – Run a hot bubble bath and soak your worries away before heading to bed to hibernate for the night. You may want to add a few drops olive oil and a few drops of essential oil into your bath water to provide a little aromatherapy and condition your skin. A few calming winter bath scents include balsam, peppermint, cedarwood, clove and lavender. Make sure you also have a soft comfy robe on hand so you can wrap yourself to get cozy and to avoid the chill after stepping out of the tub.

Homemade hot chocolate – Indulge yourself with a rich and nutty hot chocolate to stay warm and cozy this winter. All you need is 1 cup almond or coconut milk, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, a pinch of nutmeg, ½ teaspoon of vanilla bean paste and 1 tablespoon raw cacao, then combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and warm over medium heat until hot (not boiling). Pour into your favourite mug and relax.

Board games and jigsaw puzzles – Playing board games like Monopoly and Scrabble or puzzling away with a nice jigsaw is a great way to truly relax and forget about what’s happening outside on a cold, dull and rainy winter’s day.

These are just a few tips for naturally getting into harmony with the winter season. Use them as a guide to create your own winter rituals to help you relax and enjoy the chilly months.

What do you love to do in winter when it’s cold outside? Please share in the comments below.

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  • I love all of the above in the winter – and snuggling with my daughter under the blanket.

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  • Great tips. Feel cozier already!

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  • Scented candles make a home so very welcoming.
    Although I have found the Vanilla Scented candles give me migraines which is such a shame as they smell amazing.

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  • Just love coming into the warm house after a bracing walk outside – or doing some garden chores. Will take on board your idea of hot chocolate to warm up as well. Thanks for the tips.

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  • Ah the snuggly time of winter <3

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  • I just finished reading a book about Denmark in winter – these are very similar things they do to get through the 4-6 months of dark and cold. Makes sense. Love the idea of the candles too!

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  • I love do things outdoors and then come inside to do those things in your article and warm up. The key to Winter is to embrace and enjoy it!

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  • I love these ideas to help get you through the cold days/nights. We love games nights – no electronics!


    • Down time with no electronics is great and we love it too.

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  • Not a fan of winter – but it does have a few things going for it …. No flies or mozzies, more cuddles with my cat, catching up on my reading, and dreaming of summer holidays!

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  • I will definiatly take the candle idea for during the day n a hot choc at night. Just wish I had a fire place. Im getting some board games from the op shop to play with my kids. Im not a fan of winter but if I can get through this without eating out the whole cupboard due to boredom then il be happy.

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  • First day of winter… I love staying in in the evening, drink a cup of hot tea, and read a book in my nice warm bed. :-)

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  • Thank you for the hot chocolate recipe – I have some almond milk in the fridge so will give it a try tonight after a hot bath

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  • I’m not a fan of winter, but as long as I’m warm (especially my feet) I’m okay.

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  • Oh I hate winter so much. I’d stay in bed all season if I could.

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  • I love being curled up with a hot cupola and great book.

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