Updated: Feb 4, 2021
Here in Washington, temperatures haven't been above 50 degrees in a while and while my hot-natured body fares well in colder climates, the need for coziness seems even more appropriate during these winter months.
Drink Warm Liquids
This may seem like an obvious statement, but how many of us are still having drinks with ice in them or straight from the fridge, even when it's cold out? Think about it. Cold drinks cool us off. By sipping on warm beverages throughout the day, we not only help the body stay warm, but we also help to stoke our digestive fires (more on that on a future post). Start your day with some warm water and lemon or lime. This beverage, when consumed first thing in the morning, gets your digestion moving, hydrates the body upon waking, and the warm liquid helps warm you up during chilly mornings. If you enjoy coffee, making it more of an intentional part of your day can boost the coziness factor. Consider grinding your own beans and/or using a French press or pour over maker, both of which take a bit longer than popping a pod into the machine. These few extra minutes create awareness of this daily habit, making it a bit more special. My favorite way to have coffee is to add one cup of warm nut milk, one tablespoon of coconut oil, and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon in a blender and whip it up for a frothy, velvety beverage - ultimate hygge vibes! Tea is also a great way to keep the body warm throughout the day and the added antioxidants and herbal benefits add an extra health boost. While I love to have tea before bed, I am trying various "golden milk" recipes (warmed milk and spices) and will do a post on that once I find the one.
Eat Warm Foods
Smoothies, salads, and raw fruits and veggies are great to have when the temperatures are higher, however, stick to cooked foods when it's crisp outside. Similar to warm beverages, eating warm foods can support healthy digestion while warming the body. Instead of a salad, choose one of my MIYO bowls. Pull out the slow cooker and make some chili or your favorite stew. Enjoy oatmeal, porridge, or sautéed greens for breakfast. Order takeout from your favorite ramen place. Try that bread or curry recipe you've been contemplating. Add warming spices to your foods such as cinnamon, cumin, ginger, and black pepper.
Move Your Body
A physical exercise practice can warm up the body by increasing circulation and relaxing muscular tension. Daily movement can also boost those feel good hormones, increase motivation, and can help us to better manage stress. Starting the day with movement (after drinking your warm water) will amplify the benefits and set you up for success for the day. Try a YouTube class, dance it out, hit the weight bench, or take your favorite yoga class. If possible, take a 20 minute walk outside after a meal to help with digestion, but don't forget to bundle up!
Our extremities, like our hands, feet, head, and neck can feel the effects of cold temperatures the most, so keeping them covered is key to staying warm. When outdoors, wearing a scarf, hot, and gloves can make all the difference! Indoors, opt for fuzzy socks (I love the Target dollar section for these), slippers, and blankets to keep you nice and toasty. And, don't forget your favorite sweatsuit! I can almost bet we've all figured out which one is our favorite since quarantine started. Wear it under a snuggly blanket with fuzzy socks on, sipping a warm beverage and let the coziness set in.
Get Your Rest
This is more than just getting enough sleep every night - I'm talking about a rest practice. Yes, a daily movement practice is good for increasing body temperature, but restorative practices can help you relax, warm, and slow down the body and mind. I've recently added another weekly yoga class to my schedule on Tuesdays from 4:30 - 5:30 pm PST called Flow & Restore. The first half of class includes slow and intentional movement linked to the breath to prepare for the second half which involves supported and restorative postures. Who doesn't love a class where recommended props are pillows, cushions, and blankets? For more information and how to sign up, click here.
What are some of your favorite ways to stay cozy?