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Self-care tips for surviving the cold winter months

The winter season can be a challenging time for many, especially when it comes to taking care of ourselves. It’s a hectic time with holidays, family gatherings and other obligations. Plus, the cold weather and shorter days can make us feel tired and unmotivated and affect our mental health, so it is essential to take time for yourself and practice self-care.   

Whether you’re facing freezing temperatures or just feeling a little down during this time of year, here are some ways you can stay healthy and happy through the winter season. 


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It can be tempting to hibernate and stay indoors during the winter, but it’s important to get some physical activity in. Exercise not only keeps our bodies healthy, but it also releases endorphins that can help improve our mood and combat seasonal affective disorder (SAD).  

Bundle up and go outdoors to stay active and have fun. Exercise releases endorphins, which can boost our mood and energy levels, helping us combat the winter blues. Plus, regular physical activity will keep you feeling strong and healthy throughout the season. 

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Prioritize sleep

The colder weather and longer nights can disrupt our sleep patterns, making it even more critical to prioritize quality sleep. Make your bedroom a cozy sanctuary by investing in soft blankets and comfortable pillows. Or consider diffusing calming scents like lavender.   

Establish a bedtime routine that includes turning off all screens at least an hour before bed to help you drift off into a peaceful slumber.  

Take time to unwind

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The winter season can be hectic, with holidays, family gatherings, and other obligations. It’s essential to take some time for yourself and practice self-care.   

Make sure to prioritize your mental health by engaging in activities that bring you joy and reduce stress. Don’t feel guilty for taking time for yourself – it’s necessary for maintaining overall well-being.  

You could take a relaxing bath, read a book by the fireplace, try meditation, or enjoy a cup of tea while watching a movie.  

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Hydrate and moisturize

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The cold and dry air can wreak havoc on our skin. To combat dryness, make sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. You can also use a humidifier at home to add moisture to the air and moisturize regularly.  

You can also incorporate a facial oil or serum into your skincare routine for extra hydration. Don’t forget about your hands and feet – invest in some hand cream and socks to keep them soft and smooth. 

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Keep your mind active


During the winter months, you might want to live under a pile of blankets in your living room while watching television. But, engaging in activities like visiting museums can help keep our minds active and prevent seasonal blues. Museums, such as Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and Canada Science and Technology Museum, offer a unique and educational experience that can stimulate our brains. From interactive exhibits to dynamic demonstrations, museums provide a perfect opportunity to learn something new and have fun doing so. 

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Embrace the season

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Instead of dreading the cold weather, try to embrace it. There are plenty of fun activities that are exclusive to winter, such as snowshoeing, building a snowman, or having a cozy movie night with loved ones. Take advantage of this time by trying something new and making memories. By shifting your mindset and finding joy in the season, you’ll be able to thrive during even the coldest winter months. 

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