5 Self-Care DIYs

5 Best Self-Care DIYs To Cozy Up To This Winter

It's time to treat yourself.


I have only met a handful of people who genuinely love the winter. People love parts of winter—like Christmas, time with family, and nights cuddled by the fireplace—but it also gets dark before dinner and driving in the snow is a nuisance. Not to mention the many people who struggle with seasonal depression. I know a face mask isn't going to fix all your problems, but taking the time to do something for yourself might warm your heart a little.

For me, self-care is paramount when the weather outside is frightful. Here are some of my favorites:

1. DIY Sugar Scrub

Cold weather means dry skin. A sugar scrub is a quick and cheap way to treat your skin to some serious exfoliating. My favorite recipe for a sugar scrub is as simple as it gets:

- 1/2 cup of sugar

- 3 tablespoons of melted coconut oil

-10 drops of whatever essential oils I am feeling that day (optional; do I think essential oils are some magical cure for everything? No, but they smell good and are supposedly safe for the skin.)

I mix all the ingredients together and use it in the tub or shower. You can get super fancy with your scrubs and add in things like tea, vitamin e oil, or whatever is skin-safe and you have lying around your house. It helps keep my skin from getting so rough in the winter and I love how easy it is!

2. DIY Journal

Journalling is my favorite form of self-care. I value it immensely now, but it is pretty hard to get into the habit of taking the time every day to write. The easiest way to start forming a habit is to make it pretty!

My friends and I decorated some composition books we had laying around our rooms during my freshman year of college and I have never looked back. My favorite way to decorate is using rubber cement to adhere patterned cardstock to the covers of my journals and fun scrapbooking stickers to add personal touches.

If you want more detailed instructions, this website has a great tutorial using patterned paper and glue strips.

3. DIY Weighted Blanket

I have to admit that I have never done this one. However, I do have a weighted blanket and it has been a LIFESAVER during those cold winter months when you just need an extra level of coziness.

There are a ton of ways to do this, but most of them involve the same basic elements: a source of weight (such as beads), fabric, and a way to keep the weight evenly distributed.

This person used a cross-hatch of straight stitches to keep weighted poly pellets in place.

This is probably the most expensive DIY on this list, but compared to the price of a retail weighted blanket it is a real bargain. Plus, think of all the fun you will have making it.

Always remember to do your research to find out what is the right weight for you and your body. It can be dangerous to use a blanket that is too heavy for you.

4. DIY Microwavable Heating Pack

If you don't have the time or money to make a weighted blanket, you might try making you own heating pad. No one likes to be cold, and if you are like me and are eternally freezing, then the winter can be a struggle. I love having heating packs on hand to help relieve achy muscles or just to help me get extra comfy cozy.

All you need is fabric that won't melt in the microwave, a needle and thread, and rice. If you are unsure about what fabric to use, I would seek out the advice of the fabric store attendant. They should be able to point you toward cozy cotton or flannel that will be safe to heat up.

This tutorial gives step-by-step instructions on how to sew and fill these heating pads!

5. DIY Tumbler

I know a tumbler might make you think more summer than winter, but I know that I slack on drinking enough water when the weather gets cooler. Like I said earlier, the easiest way to start forming a habit is to make it pretty! Staying hydrated is a hugely under-rated way to self-care, and having a fancy tumbler will make you excited to keep your body happy.

This DIY uses mason jars, vinyl stickers, glitter, and mod podge to make cute, customizable tumblers that don't break the bank!

These would also make great gifts to give to your friends and family so you and everyone you love can get enough H2O all year round.

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I Hate That I Struggle To Love My 'Midsize' Body

I gained a few pounds, but that shouldn't be the end of the world, yet it is in a sense.


Junior year of college has been quite the wild ride. I've had the best academic year of my entire life, yet struggled, in the end, to even want to get anything done. I didn't care about a lot of the things that used to matter to me.

I gained weight at the beginning of my second semester and went up a jean size, so half of my summer wardrobe just doesn't fit me anymore, and it's made me feel embarrassed. I went from a size 6 to an 8/10, and while it doesn't seem like a big jump to the average person, it was to me. I don't like looking in the mirror and seeing a bigger pooch than usual, or how my thighs have gotten super irritated because they also got bigger. Chaffing I used to only have in the summer occurred in late January and even scared my inner thighs. It's not cute and it hurts when it flares up. I am terrified to wear my bikinis again because I know they won't fit, and the second I put on shorts my thighs are going to want to kill me if I don't kill them first.

I came to really love my body last summer after struggling through a rough breakup where I stopped caring about myself. I owned myself last summer and as much as I want to again this summer, I'm really struggling with the idea of it.

All I feel like I see on social media are skinny girls with zero hint of a pooch or thick thighs in sight. I've never been a skinny girl and I never want to be, but I can't help but envy the people I've seen online and in person. Of course, what I see on social media isn't really accurate, but it's still been tough to look at these girls who seem like they don't have a care in the world. They can eat whatever they want and still look flawless. They can throw on a bikini and not have to feel like they need to suck everything in so no one sees their pooch hanging over their bikini bottom. As a stress eater who is still too terrified to try on her bikinis, I'm not looking forward to showing my body off when all I want to do sometimes is hide it because I don't feel happy with what I see.

I will always love being a curvier girl and YouTubers like Sierra Schultzzie, Carrie Dayton, and Lucy Wood have given me a new boost of inspiration to embrace the body I have right now. I'm not skinny but I'm not plus sized either. I feel pressure from myself and certain people in my life to be skinnier and not "let myself go." I

'm so happy to have friends who have helped me through my struggles and support me, even when I don't want to support myself. These YouTuber's have opened my eyes to the fact that this body deserves to be loved just as much as my former, smaller body.

I want to love myself with 100% of my being and I hate how much hatred I've allowed to go on inside of me. There is only one me and I need to be proud of her. Maybe she gained some weight and isn't what society expects from a girl, but she's still amazing and has so much to offer.

I wish I could see more girls like me on YouTube or social media offering a representation of my body type, which I hardly ever see. Aerie and American Eagle have done a fantastic job of including different body types and it's been a great help in seeing that they really to make clothes for all types of women, not just a size zero to two. Added representation really does wonders for someone suffering from low body confidence like me.

While I hope to begin my journey into losing a few pounds this summer by jogging whenever I get the chance, I'm not going to put intense pressure on myself to look a certain way. I am single for the summer and exploring life with my best friends by my side. I'm here to be the best version of me that I can. I cannot let negative thoughts about myself to dictate how I feel every day. I am strong, I am beautiful, and I need to love myself and my body as I am.

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11 Things You NEVER Say To A College Girl Trying To Get Into Shape

Just never talk about a person's weight.


When my family and friends joked that I was going to gain 15 pounds in my freshman year of college as a result of the "Freshman 15," I thought it was what it was supposed to be: a joke. However, as the year has come to an end, I realized that I actually did put on a couple of pounds, albeit it wasn't the predicted 15.

As I told those that I wanted to get into an ideal shape for my body, I was met with some insensitive and ignorant remarks. Everyone thought that I mean just losing the weight I had put on.

1. "You walk to all of your classes, why aren't you losing weight that way?"

My legs are more toned than they ever have been before. However, most of the weight I have been gaining has gone directly to my gut (annoying!) and walking does not remedy that. Unfortunately, I have to stick to ab workouts.

2. "But you look fine to me!"

I don't feel healthy to myself. I'm not trying to stay in shape for anyone else, just myself, thanks. I appreciate you trying to make me feel better about my body image but I know something has to be done.

3. "I didn't gain any weight in college."

Good for you. I did. I'm trying to do something about it.

4. "Just stop drinking."

I don't drink. Really, the only liquid I consume is water or iced tea. I don't like soda and alcohol makes me nauseous way too easily.

5. "Isn't the gym free on campus for students?"

Yes, but some people don't like working out in front of others. I am one of those people. My friend lives in an apartment complex that has their own gym and almost no one is ever there but not everyone has that luxury. Also, some are busy and do not have time for a quick jog or to stretch.

6. "You should try this diet/pills/exercise routine."

I am thankful that you are trying to help but my diet is just eating healthy and having a few cheat days in between. I know what exercises work best for me and I am just not taking pills. Bodies adjust differently.

7. "Don't starve/force yourself to throw up."

Trust me, I know. I'm trying to lose the weight healthily. If you do find yourself practicing unhealthy eating habits or realizing your body image is deteriorating, the NEDA Hotline is (800) 931-2237. Please reach out if you are going through hardships.

8. "Won't you have to buy a whole new wardrobe?"

If I drop (or even add) a size or two. We grow out and grow tired of clothes on the regular, what's the difference if you have to buy some because of a weight change? Plus, who doesn't love buying new clothes?

9. "Just eat healthier."

Didn't think of it! Options are limited at college where the dining halls don't offer all that much that is actually good for your body. Now that I'm at home, it's easier. But I'm already trying to eat healthy.

10. "You've evened out since the last time I saw you!"

This is code for you've put on some weight. I hear it mostly from older relatives because my friends will flat out tell me if I've gotten a little chunky.

11. "You're just stressed."

Personally, this one gets me livid. I do admit that when I am stressed or anxious, I do turn to food for comfort but when I am delighted and genuinely happy, will my body magically revert into a fit state?

Sadly, no.

Honestly, I am just trying to get my body back into shape. For me, that means cutting back on greasy foods and kicking a bad habit of sitting on my butt all day. For others, it could mean more or less. As long as your body is in good physical condition and you are content, the number on the scale and others' thoughts shouldn't matter. Take care of yourself.

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