Do you find yourself freezing cold all the time?
Are you feeling moody or tired and not wanting to wake up and get out of bed in the morning?
Do you have to drink 10 cups of coffee before you even leave your house to go to work?
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms there is a chance that you might be suffering from the Cold Canadian Winter blues!
Living in the north can definitely be a challenge, especially if you are not a fan of the cold weather. Some people love it and I like to call these folks “true canadians” These are the people who love to hang outside in the winter and enjoy fun activities like, downhill skiing, snowshoeing, and outdoor hockey games on frozen lakes. Don’t get me wrong, I like the idea of all of these things, and I do participate in some. But I absolutely hate being cold!
Here are some tips on how to stay warm and cozy this winter and how to avoid those Cold Canadian Winter blues!
1. Take your Vitamins
Do you remember when you were a kid and you got so excited over those Flintstone vitamins? My brother and I would actually fight over who got Fred or Wilma! Now that I am an adult I usually take adult vitamins (mostly because my husband would make fun of me if I took Flintstone vitamins!)
I try to take a good multi vitamin that covers them all but I really like to take Vitamin C chewable tablets every morning. (takes me back to those Flintstone days!) There are so many great benefits from taking Vitamin C …
If you suffer from low iron levels like I do, taking a vitamin C supplement may help improve your blood iron levels. Vitamin C has been linked to many impressive health benefits, such as boosting antioxidant levels, reducing blood pressure, reducing heart disease risk, boosting immunity and reducing dementia risk.
Overall, vitamin C supplements are a great and simple way to boost your vitamin C intake if you struggle to get enough from your diet. So not only do I take it in the winter, I take it all year round.
Make sure to consult your doctor before starting any new vitamin routine.
2. Use a SAD Lamp
A SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) Lamp may help with those winter blues, and sleep disorders such as Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome. Much like exercise or meditation, light box therapy is a daily routine that supports a balanced lifestyle.
Research suggests light therapy can be effective in treating insomnia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and dementia. Studies have shown that it can improve motor function in patients with Parkinson’s disease.
For more information on light therapy please make sure to do your research and chat with your doctor.
I find that even opening my blinds and curtains during the day to let more light in or even just getting outside for a bit (bundle up!) also helps!
3. Dress Warm and Stay Warm
Dressing warm seems like a no brainer on those cold, blistery winter days.
I love to layer! Everything from my feet to my head.
Merino wool can definitely be your life saver, I just starting wearing merino wool socks and OMG, game changer for my cold feet! I love them and will be stocking up on more merino wool base layers.
4. Get some Sleep
I keep hearing great things about weighted blankets and can’t wait to try one out for myself.
Weighted blankets are heavy blankets (typically 15 pounds or more) filled with a material such as plastic pellets. The theory is that the deep pressure you feel from being under all of that weight can have calming effects, reduce stress, anxiety and insomnia and well as boost your mood and improve your overall sleep quality.
How great does that sound? They should call it the miracle blanket!
5. Take a Hot Bath
I absolutely love sitting in my hot tub, it helps me relax after a long day and definitely warm me up on a cold winter day or night.
Hot baths can diminish feelings of depression and give you a combination of isolation, quiet, and comfort. There are so many benefits to a hot bath including relieving muscle pain and helping to relieve cold and flu symptoms. Take a hot bath today and add some amazing aroma therapy with a great bath bomb or bubbles!
6. Eat Warm Food
I am totally in love with my new Instapot. I have been making so many warm and spicy dishes. If you don’t have a Crock pot or an Instapot you can still make some pretty easy dishes to comfort you this winter. Try soups, casseroles and stews. My favorite go to for easy recipes is Pinterest!
7. Tea, Essential Oils and Candles
Some of my favorite, make me feel warm and happy things are tea, oils and candles. They are affordable and make your home warm, cozy and smell good!
Some great teas to try in the winter are Camomile for relaxation, Ginger for a pick me up, and Lemon which can be used to treat anxiety, sleep problems or even high blood pressure.
There are so many great essential oils and blends you can make for your diffuser. I love to try out different ones all the time depending on how I am feeling.
And as for candles, I love the glow and warmth created by candles. My favorite brand is Canvas Candles (a great Canadian company) that uses only non-toxic fragrance oils and essential oils, you can check them out here.
I also did a post last month on some of my Canadian Gift Guide which of course I included Canvas Candles, you can check that out here.