Simple ways to boost your mood this winter

Between the shorter days and increased time inside due to the pandemic, your mood and well-being may be taking a dip. Fortunately, there are things you can do to lift your spirits. Find ways out of confinement and make the most of your time inside with these tips.

Make a point to get outside

Looking out your window and watching the icicles lengthening can make going out into the cold seem like the last thing you’d want to do. But, the CBC reports that spending time in nature can lower stress and improve your perspective. So, take advantage of crisp, cloudless winter days and venture out to explore your area. Always bring your mask and avoid crowded spots. Instead, try and plot out a route you haven’t taken before, especially if you can find a park or trail that’s safe to navigate in the ice and snow. Take what opportunities you can to feel the crunch of ice under your boots, that clean smell of fresh snow, and the way winter weather transforms the world you walk through.

Set the right soundtrack for your winter

Music can warm your home as much as the right lighting. It’s the perfect way to help you wind down after a long day of working remotely. Variety in a music service is key when it comes to finding just the right thing to suit every mood. With over 300 channels to choose from, the SiriusXM app has something for everyone. Plus, it offers talk, entertainment and comedy programming for when you need a switch from music. It’s great for staying home, as well as the ideal companion for long walks, with seamless transition from your smart home device to mobile. Whether you immerse yourself in your favourite song or discover something new, you’ll be sure to tune out the winter blues with the greatest selection of music and entertainment programs around.

Find creative new ways to connect with friends

Just because we’re socially distant doesn’t mean we have to be socially absent. Reach out from your winter enclave to your friends and feel the warmth that comes from spending time with them safely. While many of us are tired of virtual video chats, you can add a fresh twist by planning an activity to do together during your call. For example, find a craft tutorial and stock up on the items you need so you can each work on your own version at home while showing each other your progress on video. Or have a mani-pedi spa date where you each paint your nails and enjoy a mimosa while catching up like you would at the salon. You can even create a book club or wine club, with monthly video meetings to discuss your book selection or learn about new vintages, respectively.

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