Just like we renew our wardrobes as the seasons change, our self-care routines need a seasonal switch-up too. As winter rolls in, these 5 simple cold-weather wellness tips will help you brave the chill.

1. PLANT A WINTER GARDEN
Fresh air and fresh veggies do wonders for our well-being. That’s why planting a winter garden is such a great way to break out of your cold-weather hibernation and enjoy the outdoors. While the rest of your garden lies in wait for spring, there are plenty of vegetables you can plant during the cold months of the year—edibles like garlic, leeks, onions, radishes, kale and spinach are not just super healthy, they’re also winter hardy.

2. SOAK UP SELF-CARE WITH A CBD-INFUSED BATH
Light some candles, grab yourself a waterproof bluetooth speaker for music, pour yourself a cup of herbal tea and try our ESENIA full-spectrum hemp extract oil spray with 4% CBD for some quality me-time. Give it a try and see how integrating it into your routine helps balance the rest of your week. To level up your experience, listen to our guided micro-meditation too.

3. UNPLUG FROM YOUR PHONE
Because we’re less active during winter, we resort to mindlessly scrolling through social media on our smartphones more easily. By constantly checking our phone, we’re setting ourselves up for trouble. Our smartphones can heighten winter depression, keep us locked indoors and mess with our sleep. So, every now and then, lose your phone and lose yourself in a good book instead.

4. PLAY BOARD GAMES WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY
As the nights grow darker and colder, put some logs on the fire and gather around the table for a good old-fashioned board game. Board games bring us together. They’re the perfect antidote for winter melancholy, social isolation and excessive screen time. And playing board games doesn’t just make us happier—it makes us brainier, too. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that playing board games keeps our brain young and protects us from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. So if we incorporate board games into our winter routine, there will only be winners!

5. WALK MORE, DRIVE LESS
There’s nothing like going for a walk when the air is crisp and cold. Replacing your short drives with walks is a wonderful way to get your dose of fresh air, natural light and exercise during the cold months. Added bonus: if you commute by foot instead of by car, you don’t have to deal with the stresses of traffic.

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