“O Winter! Ruler of the inverted year…I crown thee king of intimate delights, fireside enjoyments, home-born happiness…”
– William Cowper as quoted in Seasons of Witchery by Ellen Dugan
While the holiday season is known for its traditions, we don’t often hear a lot about traditions related to treating ourselves with gentle, loving care.
Well, that changes now.
You, after all, are a divine child. Just like the loved ones on whom you enjoy lavishing your generosity at this time of year, you are beautiful, adorable, and worthy of every wonderful thing.
What’s more, the more you take the time to replenish yourself and tend to your own well-being, the more energy and enthusiasm you will have for authentically and lovingly connecting with and caring for others.
With all of this in mind, here are five self-care traditions to start this Winter Solstice season.
1. Replenish Your Loungewear Wardrobe
Perhaps you’ve noticed how many extra-cozy socks, pajamas, robes, and slippers are in the stores at this time of year. While they’re obviously there to appeal to gift shoppers, no one quite knows the colors, textures, and patterns will bring you the most comfort during the darkest, coldest time of the year like you do, do they?
As investments go, treating yourself to the loungewear you will feel best in is a small one, but it will pay huge dividends in the form of comfort, joy, and self-esteem. (In turn, these dividends will nourish every other area of your life.)
2. Find a Magical Calendar You Love
Similarly, you can absolutely wait around to see if someone gifts you with a magical wall calendar. Or, you can take advantage of the veritable jackpot of calendar options to find the one that will bring you, personally, the greatest possible amount of inspiration for the entirety of 2018.
For what? 10 bucks? 15? Come on!
3. Stock Up on Awesome Reading Material
True, winter may not be the best time of year for tennis, hiking, or sun bathing. But who cares about those things when there are books! Whether your heart of hearts feels like reading a romance novel, crossing some of the classics off your list, or deepening your magical knowledge, take the time to gather the books that will make you super stoked for a cozy night in.
Bonus: if you have a library card, this one can cost you nothing but a very modest amount of time.
4. Hoard Holiday Tea and Drink it Frequently
For tea hoarders like me (and so many of us magical people), Winter Solstice means Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride and Dream by the Fire tea. But you know what other blends taste pretty perfect this time of year? Red Velvet Cuppa Chocolate, Zhena’s Vanilla Spice, and Candy Cane Lane.
Holiday tea: it’s warm, it’s yummy, it’s healthy, it’s hydrating, and it has zero calories. Plus, tea drinking is a particularly delicious form of meditation. What a great way to care for yourself: mind, body, and spirit.
5. Make A Special Holiday Smudge Spray Blend
At the Winter Solstice, it feels so right to attend to the energy and ambiance of hearth and home. Smudge sprays – 10-40 drops essential oil and water in a mister – do just that by clearing the energy and blessing the space. Here are some special holiday blends to try:
- Peppermint and Clary Sage: this blend will refresh the spirit while bringing clarity and calm.
- Pine and Sage: this blend will powerfully clear the energy and bring grounded, clean energy to the space.
- Cinnamon, Orange, and Clove: this blend will raise vibrations, harmonize the energy, and draw abundance (be especially careful with your skin with this one).
While holiday hustle and bustle may be a given, taking just a few minutes to mist your space with one of these blends will clear your mind, bless your home, and call abundant, beautiful energy into your space.