Get ready for Finnish winter: Health & Well-being Guide and Checklist

1. Schedule a dental checkup & cleaning

 teeth are important, and especially here in Finland, I feel like dental health isn’t the top priority for many. Check-ups are sporadic and especially not after COVID, there is a huge backlog in appointments that didn’t happen during lock-down. A private dental checkup and a visit to the dental hygienist at places like Mehiläinen or Oral doesn’t cost the world, and it is well worth the investment to make sure things are ok or taken care of early. I do this every year and thankfully I haven’t ever had any issues. November is a great month to do all the things you usually put off, it keeps you feeling good and busy. Plus: that feel after a dental clean is just the best.

2. Catch up with old friends

We all have those people we dearly love, but sometimes we lose contact or we just naturally fade apart a little bit – but then when you chat with them again even after a long time, it feels like no time has passed. This is a double win because you get to have that lovely feeling of reconnecting with someone, and you make the other person super happy for getting in touch. Keeping in touch with loved ones – a secret ingredient to surviving November in Finland!

3. Get a blood test done

While we may feel healthy and fit, a simple blood test can give so much insight and evidence over how we’re really doing. In most bigger cities in Finland, you can get a very straight forward blood test done that will outline key health parameters and indicators. We’ve all heard of Vitamin D issues in the darker months but there are many factors that can impact our overall health. Your blood tells a lot, and not every health issue has any symptoms coming with it.

4. Dinner Date delight

I love food and going out to eat is a passion of mine, and helps greatly with suriving November in Finland – as it is a great month to put on your fancy boots and treat yourself to a little dinner feast, maybe a glass of wine or a cocktail. Sometimes it doesn’t need a special occasion. Sometimes you ARE the special occasion. 

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5. Check in with a therapist

Our mental health is so important, and yet it’s not a priority for many. I’ve been trying to advocate to normalise the conversations around mental health for a while, and it’s a topic that’s very close to my heart as I’ve increasingly struggled with anxiety for the last two years. Therapy can be pricy and difficult to access. If you have the possibility, booking a private session with a therapist to check in on things that are on my mind are a great way to get an idea if there is something that would be worth looking into with more detail and care.

6. Book a massage or a pedicure

For me personally, a pedicure is the ultimate luxury and there is no treatment I enjoy more, especially because I’m not the best at foot care in general. Although, a massage after a couple of stressful weeks can be absolutely wonderful. Treat yourself to the thing that you enjoy the most! I usually book my visits through Timma.

7. Up your skincare for the cold

looking after our skin is also super important, and with temperatures dropping and wind getting harsher, this is even more essential to surviving November in Finland. My top tips: use a face oil to protect your skin against the elements. I’ve been using the Lumene Arctic Berry Oil-Cocktail for years and I love it! And: SPF every day! Yes, even in the winter. It’s imperative for the skin of your health, and the radiation from the sun does not care about the time of year or temperature.

8. Feel good vibes and coziness

Red lipstick and my favourite, the  Marimekko Onnekas Unikko woollen sweater, are the two things that lighten up my mood any day. Also, its mushroom hat season – chunky beanies galore.