From freezing temperatures and vicious wind chills to lack of sunlight and hectic commutes, winter can be a nightmare. If you also find yourself sluggish from time to time, or even low in energy despite a full night’s sleep, then welcome to the “winter blues”. Because we all experienced it one way or another, Retreat has put together a list of tips we hope will help brighten up your day and ensure you’re getting all the TLC you deserve.
Eat well – Missing the sun? You’re not alone, and since we still have a couple months of snow ahead of us, fueling up on produce that is high in vitamin C can make up for some of the sunshine we’re all longing for. On top of being known to help boost our immune system, broccoli, kale, Brussel sprouts, and sweet yellow peppers are easy to incorporate into your winter meals.
Move well – Try to find ways to incorporate exercise into your routine. Whether it’s a short walk around the block or 15 minutes of yoga in front of your fave show -your own version of ‘Netflix and *un*Chill’- small efforts can go a long way. The key is to release endorphins, which are tiny neurochemicals released by your body that can help relieve anxiety and boost your self-esteem. Our recco: book a workout at BOLO to spice up your workout routine, and follow that with a visit to their beauty bar.
Sleep well – In the winter, the lack of sunlight, shorter days and cold temperatures can reduce your energy level and make you feel sleepier, so keeping up good sleeping habits is fundamental. Here’s how it works: in the winter, your body naturally produces more melatonin due to the lack of sunlight. Ultimately, it’s an excess of melatonin that will leave you feeling drowsy or sleepy. Check out our very own Sleep Guide for acupuncture, yoga pose suggestions, and other helpful sleeping tips.
Feel well – Finally, take some time for yourself. Whether it’s reading a book, meditating, or simply getting some alone time, finding a few minutes each day to relax and recharge can make a huge difference. Here are a few things we like to do at Retreat when we have a moment to ourselves:
- Try a new recipe: the last thing we attempted? Our own chai latte (for which we found plenty of recipes online).
- Go for a neighbourhood discovery walk: some of our favourite spots in Toronto include the Beaches, the Annex, and Evergreen Brick Works.
- Watch a documentary: Arte’s Forest Rescuers and Netflix’s Daughters of Destiny are great options for the documentary-lovers amongst us.
- Get a massage: Give Miraj Hammam and Majesty’s Pleasure’s massages a try and you’ll know what we’re talking about.