How To: Ritual During Winter
I've always found solace in the warm sunshine of summer, a season that anchors my soul. But as I've grown older, I've realised that wisdom is about finding the good in the inevitable. Winter is a time for reflection, restoration, and rejuvenation. I've decided to shift my relationship with winter by embracing its unique moments and creating rituals that celebrate the season.
When it comes to living with winter, no idea has been more helpful than the Danish concept of Hygge (pronounced "hoo-ga"). This centuries-old tradition emphasises the importance of comfort, cosiness, and well-being during the cold, dark months. This philosophy of comfort, cosiness, and well-being became the foundation for my winter hair care ritual. Here’s what I’m focusing on:
Creating a cosy at-home spa experience
I begin my quest for winter solace by transforming my bathroom into a haven of warmth and relaxation. While taking a warm bath with epsom salts, candlelight flickers, casting dancing shadows on the steamy walls as I wrap myself in a soft, oversized towel. The soothing scent of incense fills the air, further enhancing the calming atmosphere. In this makeshift sanctuary, I indulge in nourishing hair masks and deep conditioning treatments.
Indulging in warm hair care treatments
On particularly cold nights I comfort myself with warm hair care treatments. After gently warming, I apply the hair growth oil to my scalp and massage gently for 5-10 minutes, stimulating blood flow, nourishing the scalp. The warm oils not only nourished my hair but also provided a comforting sensory experience that enveloped me in a cocoon of cosiness.
Combatting indoor heat and dryness
In winter the indoor heat that keeps me warm also parches my hair and skin. To counteract this, regular hair oiling and moisturising becomes even more important. I even invested in a humidifier, adding much-needed moisture to the air for my hair and skin.
As winter deepens I know I’ll be spending more time indoors, providing opportunities for introspection. Instead of lamenting the weather, I am turning to books, journaling, and meditation, allowing myself to grow and evolve in the comfort of my home.
As the days grow shorter, I’m recognising the need to cultivate light in my life. I do this by taking morning walks, soaking in the soft rays of the sun to rejuvenate my spirit. In the evenings, I fill my home with the warm glow of candles and, occasionally, the crackle of an outdoor fire. This intentional cultivation of light helped to lift my spirits and illuminate the beauty of the winter season.
A precious period
By adopting the Hygge philosophy and weaving these rituals into the fabric of my winter routine, I discovered an unexpected sense of anticipation for the frosty season. As I tended to my winter garden, I cherished the opportunity to nurture my inner landscape. This once-dreaded season transformed into a time of introspection and growth, a precious period to embrace the beauty of turning inward.