Resolutions are so last month! What’s more inspiring and realistic for this time of year is this idea: What’s on your winter bucket list?
Chances are, this is a time of year when retreating, relaxing and rejuvenating is high on your bucket list.
There’s a reason the bedroom is often called the master suite. It is where retreat, relaxation and rejuvenation begins, as you prepare your mind, body and soul for glorious spring!
The bedroom is a living space to make totally your own, with your true favorite things. Gather photos of those you love most (there’s no better time of year to sift through photos and family memorabilia), all built around your favorite color scheme. Hint: If your winter bucket list includes a new coat of paint, remember blue is the ultimate soothing sleep color. Dragging yourself out of the winter blues might require just that– a little serene blue or spa blue-green in the bedroom.
If you pushed yourself all during hectic fall and the holiday season, know that you’re allowed to slow down during the cold winter months and simply rest. Back up your usual bedtime by one hour, turn off your electronic devices an hour before that, and consider yoga or meditation to wind down from the day.
Now’s also the time to treat yourself to quality bedding and a gorgeous bed, for both luxury (you deserve it!) and restful sleep that leads to better health.
Keep your weekend to-do lists light, and never miss a chance to reach for a blanket and a good book, with the perfect bedside lamp, of course, or a cozy chair for your reading nook.
Chilly days leave us with time to ponder goals and dreams. Make sure your list for the next month or so includes exploring new healthy interests (a yoga or cooking class?), or finally putting your thoughts on paper by getting back to daily journaling.
Dreaming of warmer days? Poll the family for their vacation wish-lists and use this time to start researching a summer getaway.
If minimalism and simplicity are part of your new year’s mantra, cleanse your mind — and your resting space — by purging clutter and clothes in the bedroom. (Remember, Feng Shui experts prescribe nothing stored under the bed.)
So, keep a good stack of novels on hand, even join a new book club while chilly weather keeps you indoors.
Best advice: A new, better you is all about balance. The health benefits of good sleep and rest are powerful, coupled with the mental and emotional benefits of a sweet retreat for love, calm and plenty of sweet dreams.
What about you: What’s on your winter bucket list?