Level Up Your Cozy

You are the only person you are guaranteed to spend the rest of your life with. Love yourself and make yourself proud.

2018 Winter Survival Wellness Challenge 2

Welcome back to the Winter Survival Self Care Challenge Series! I hope you’ve found a way to make a gratitude practice work for you and are feeling the benefits of it already.

This week, I challenge you to Level Up Your Cozy.  What does that mean? It’s time to focus on your environment and indulge in all things soft and cozy. How fun is that?!  

My guess is you’re spending a lot more time indoors these days so it’s important to make your surroundings feel warm, comfortable, and nurturing. There’s a reason that whole hygge movement was a big deal - because it feels good.

WRAP YOURSELF IN COZY.  You know that feeling when you put on your favorite sweater or curl up in a cozy blanket? We want more of THAT.  Treat yourself to soft, warm blankets, sweaters, slippers, scarves, gloves, anything that gives you that warm fuzzy feeling while you’re wearing it. Need something new? All of these items are on sale at various stores at this time - splurge on a small treat for yourself, because you deserve it.

MAKE SPACE.  Is there clutter around your desk at work, or piling up at home? Designate some time to tidying up. Make it a point to create visual organization in the spaces you spend the most time in and let go of items that are no longer serving you. These items can fall into three categories: 1) storage, 2) donate, or 3) trash.  By clearing out clutter and feeling organized, you can create tangible space in your life for new things to enter, while making your surroundings more visually calming.

USE TEXTURES.  Incorporate wool, chunky knits, and faux fur. Not just in your wardrobe but also in your home with blankets, pillows, seasonal rugs and more.  

CREATE YOUR AMBIANCE.  Use candles and lamps to soften the lighting you’re in at work and at home and use aromatherapy to stimulate your senses. Scents like cinnamon, sage, pine, sandlewood or frankincense are all warming and comforting for winter. Also remember to let natural sunlight in as much as possible during the day.

BATHROOM "SPA" TIME.  If you have a bathtub, nothing says cozy and pampering like a warm, aromatherapy bath. If not, there are plenty of ways to designate shower time as wellness time. For either option, light the room with candles (aromatherapy scented for the shower) and turn on some enjoyable music. Practice mindfulness by bringing your attention to how the water feels on your skin, the scents in the room, the noises you hear. Add some relaxing essential oils and a scoop of coconut oil to your bathwater and use the time to meditate. Guided meditation apps like Insight Timer are great for this! Afterwards, moisturize purposefully by massaging lotion or oil into your skin and acknowledging each body part for all that it does for you with gratitude as you do.

Can you Up Level Your Cozy this week?  Share one thing you can treat yourself to in the comments below!