Wellness With Melissa / Advice From A Local

What are specific steps you take or rituals you have for self-care during these cold months?
I love to start the morning by lighting a candle and putting a few drops of grapefruit and bergamot essential oils in the shower.  For me, the warm light and uplifting scents help me softly and positively enter into the day before the sun is up. I also try to look for and appreciate the beauty that is found only during winter- the sparkling of snow, the crisp winter light and patterns found in snowflakes and frozen bodies of water. Lastly (and this one is hardest for me) I try to slow down... try being the key word. I tend to be constantly thinking or planning something, so it’s nice to have a season that encourages me to take a breath and a pause.

What are ways you de-stress?
S-t-r-e-t-c-h-I-n-g! When I can get my butt out of bed in the morning, I love to start my day with some good stretching and a little yoga. Also, walking taking deep breaths and talking through what may be making me feel stressed helps - a walk can do worlds of good!  Finally (my favorite and possibly most effective) I take a hot bath with Epsom salts and warm, grounding essential oils.  

What is your go-to healthy snack?
Tea (does that count as a snack?) or trail mix. If I need a break and a pause, I’ll go for a cup of tea. If I’m on the verge of being a touch hangry, I’ll go for trail mix. And loads of water!

Is there a specific way you dress or style you tend to take on during these cold Minnesota months? Chunky sweaters, bralette, favorite jeans and warm socks (unless it’s a day that I’m denying I live in Minnesota and I’ll wear all of the above with a pair of clogs minus the socks). Predictable? Maybe, but I like to feel warm, comfortable and like myself. 

What are 5 items that reflect this from Idun?
7115 By Szeki, Ribbed Turtleneck Sweater