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The days are gonna get longer and the light is returning.

I dread winter.

So much so that I suffer from SAD and get myself into all kinds of trouble if I don’t look after myself.

Last year was probably my worst year yet and I vowed NEVER to go back there again.

And because if this, I knew that self-care HAD to be part of The Gentlewomen.

YOU are your business.

Whether you’re a solopreneur or leading a company, you’re the figurehead who drives the vision forward.

If you lose your sparkle, your vision dies.

So to take us through the Winter without losing your energy and drive, here are the things give you the best chance to get through the Winter.

1. Stay Hydrated
A few litres of water a day keeps your brain and your body in top tip working order. Just a one or two per cent drop in hydration can cause havoc with your concentration and more importantly with your mental health. 
Feeling a low, drink water.

2. Rest Often
One of the best bits of advice I was given this year was this “rest before you’re tired”. Seriously, pushing through and working to exhaustion takes days to recover from whereas resting before you’re tired ensures you always have fuel in your tank. And take advantage of the early evenings to go to bed early too.

3. See People… even if you don’t feel like it.
It’s so tempting to hibernate because it’s dark and cold but trust me, being around other people can help you get your sparkle back so fast. It doesn’t have to be a night out, it can just be popping to the shops and saying hello to people on your way there.

4. Make self-care a priority.
You have permission to say no to shit you don’t wanna do in favour of spending time with yourself to take care of YOU. It’s a rule in the Gentlewomen that you come first. Saying yes to self-care shows you care about yourself and YOU take priority.

Do you have any to add to the list? 
Have I missed one?
What are your go-to rituals for the winter months?

I’d love to know. Especially from wellness experts.

Shout up in the comments.

Big love and take care of YOU xx