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The nights are getting longer, darker, and many of us look forward to fall & winter activities to keep our spirits bright.

 

The holidays are looking different this year. Sentimental memories, disappointed expectations, loss, and even things as simple as less sunlight may trigger holiday blues. It is key to stay social and engaged with loved ones (while still avoiding potential stressors) despite celebrating the holidays from a distance.

 

See also: Coping with Anxiety & Stress in times of Uncertainty

 

Even if our traditions will have changed this year due to precautions and deadlines, there is still plenty of holiday bustle to keep us busy. Planning meals, decorating, and {online} shopping means we still have more to do than usual, even if the volume is scaled back from previous years.

 

Plan out a wake up or wind-down routine that incorporates self care. Moments of mindfulness are key to clearing the mind. The Eucalyptus Peppermint bath soak from Bathorium is perfect for the evenings we need to unwind. It’s made from natural botanicals including tea tree and wintergreen, which penetrate muscle tissue to help ease tension.

 

Try setting time to clear an area in the home that’s just for you. Decorate it however you please, and settle in to relax your mind and make yourself comfortable. Simply light a candle from Fenwick to immediately change the atmosphere to one of peace and calm. It’s easy to make an area festive and bright: hang a sprig or two of evergreen branches from a foraging walk through the park. A simple walk is a wonderful way to take in your surroundings and breathe in the crisp holiday air. Pick up fallen pine cones, berries, branches, and other organic items that catch your eye, and take them home to decorate your space and your gifts with natural winter colours.

 

Dry winter air can mean dry winter hands. Weleda Hand Cream is luscious for chapped hands that deserve richness, with a precious natural and not overwhelming fragrance.

 

And though we can’t see most of our dearest friends and family in person, sending a thoughtful gift to a loved one is another way to show them we care. We pack every online order beautifully, with hand-stamped seals and unique cards lovingly handwritten by our founder.

 

Here are a few of our favourite plant-based, organic, and natural beauty gift ideas:

 

Jane Iredale Lip Cosmetics

A treat for the lips. All of Iredale’s luscious shades soothe, hydrate, and nourish the lips. The formulas are luxurious without being fussy, and feel creamy on the lip with a range of colours, tints, and natural botanicals.

 

100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream

These late night holiday movie binges don’t need to catch up to us. This eye cream from 100% Pure contains green tea and coffee, rich with natural caffeine, to depuff the undereye area and wake up dark circles. It is potent, effective, and smells like fresh cocoa beans. Gift to those extra-festive friends of yours, or pair with Om Organics’ Cocoa Coffee Exfoliating Dust for a beautiful buzz-themed basket.

 

 

Living Libations Rose Glow Serum

Rose Otto shines bright in this silky serum. Feather-light but potent. Just a few drops of this elixir in the morning and a few at night hydrate the skin with completely organic botanicals and create a radiant, dewey, harmonious glow.

 

We all handle stressful situations uniquely. As late into the year as the holidays, we need to remember to give ourselves permission to take a break. Though it may be difficult to unwind from the stress, particularly as days grow darker and colder, taking care of ourselves is what allows us to best take care of others.

 

Don’t forget to take care of the body with Sisu Calcium + D3. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is crucial for the absorption of other minerals such as calcium and phosphorus, and is particularly difficult to come by during these sunless winter months.

 

Make time for friends, family, and "virtual" holiday obligations, but do not sacrifice “me” time. Balance is essential for health. Harmonic Arts Golden Mylk is a blend of soothing herbs, calming mushrooms, and spices to warm us up on cold, blustery days. Brew a cup, cozy up under a blanket, and carve out a moment just for you.

 

Last but not least, we’ve introduced Kolya Apothecary DIY kits just in time for the holidays. They're a great way for you to connect to your creativity and even order one for yourself and a loved one to make them together over Facetime.

 

Even during a holiday year that feels completely different than the rest, self-care is crucial to our everyday lives. This is more than the occasional message or bubble bath: when we need a break, reach out to loved ones, care for the body, and do what’s needed for some peace of mind.

 

In the spirit of giving, be kind to ourselves and everyone around us.

 

Happy Holidays!


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