The winter months can be a tough time for many, and often lead to a feeling of the ‘winter blues’ or for some, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Shorter days and gloomier skies can lead to less time outdoors soaking up vitamin d or enjoying time spent with friends and family. This feeling can negatively impair one’s day to day life. However, there are several ways to help manage this feeling. One of those ways is through the practice of self-care.
What is Self-Care?
Self-care is the process of setting aside time to promote physical, mental, and emotional health. Each person may practice self-care in a different way. Some may find pleasure in a relaxing bubble, or enjoying an indulgent treat, while others may work on getting a good night’s sleep to feel recharged and ready to face the day.
Benefits of Self-Care
No matter what your self-care routine looks like, self-care has numerous benefits that all work together to impact one’s overall well-being. Taking time for yourself can revitalize and re-energize you from the inside out. Some benefits of self-care include:
- Reduces stress: Practicing self-care allows you to reflect and take a moment to recharge. Recharging is a vital step in managing the stress many of us see as a result of our busy day-to-day lives.
- Boosts physical health: Small daily self-care routines such as proper hygiene, getting a good night’s sleep and a few minutes of meditation have been shown to improve overall physical health.
- Improves your relationships: Self-care not only benefits you, it also benefits those closest to you! Studies have shown that once your own needs are taken care of you are better able to care for the needs of those around you.
- Increases self-esteem: Studies have found that self-care can actually boost your self-esteem by taking the time to look upon yourself with kindness and gratitude.
Do you know a loved one that could use a self-care day? At Givopoly we offer a wide-variety of curated gift baskets from local vendors in Ottawa! Find the perfect self-care gift basket for your loved one today!
For the friend who needs a spa day:
'i am loved - ultimate self-care basket' - Bath Intentions
The ultimate self-care basket for your loved one who deserves a full day of pampering and relaxation. Complete with bath bombs, hand-poured soaps a lip scrub and more! Your recipient will be delighted by this stunning gift basket filled with handmade goodies!
For the friend who needs a relaxing night in:
'i am so relaxed – lavender gift set' - Bath Intentions
The perfect set for your busy friend who deserves a relaxing night in! Handmade bath bombs, shower steamers and a lavender pillow spray will give them the ultimate night in to relax and unwind. Your friend will be thrilled when this arrives at their doorstep!
For the friend who has a sweet tooth:
'Chocolate and nuts' - IncrEdible Delights
Does your loved one have a soft spot for chocolate? They will be sure to enjoy this box of 15 strawberries hand-dipped in Belgian chocolate from local chocolatier IncrEdible Delights. Send this box of chocolate-dipped strawberries to a loved one - and maybe send one to yourself, as well.
For the friend who needs a good nights sleep:
'i am so relaxed - full spa premium package' - Bath Intentions
Is your friend overworked or overtired? Maybe they just welcomed a new family member, pet or got a new job and need a good night’s rest. Lavender is proven to boost relaxation and improve sleep. Send them the I Am So Relaxed Full Spa Premium Package today!
For the friend who enjoys practicing mindfulness:
'Mindfulness Local Gift Box' - The Loot Bag Lady
Our Mindfulness Local Gift box is perfect for the loved one that enjoys growing and practicing mindfulness. Complete with a beautiful candle, set of matches and a deck of ‘soothe’ cards . Send them the 'Mindfulness Local Gift Box' from The Loot Bag Lady today!
For the friend who needs to treat themselves:
'Spontaneous - Wine & Chocolate' - Givopoly
Does your loved one enjoy the sweeter things in life? Give them the night off and allow them to indulge in a prestige local wine (available in red or white) and gourmet chocolates from Rochef Chocolatier. We recommend sending this gift basket to anyone in your life who has a sweet tooth.
For the friend who needs their day brightened:
'Bountiful Garden Bouquet' - Ottawa Flowers
If your loved one loves fresh flowers than this is the surprise for them! Featuring an impressive array of hand-picked florals, this bouquet offers something a little more special than your typical arrangement. This gorgeous bouquet is inspired by French country gardens and is sure to brighten anyones day!
There are many ways to pamper yourself with a night of self care. Looking to surprise a loved one who may be going through a difficult time? Browse our wide selection of self-care baskets filled with hand-selected local goodies at today!