Many of us are feeling the winter blues, on top of many other stressful things happening in our world right now. As we do our part to stay safe, it’s also important that we take care of our mental health in 2022.
While it may seem hard to stay positive all the time, that’s okay! There are some small things that you can do to remain resilient during hard times. Here is a list of some of our favourite things to help lift our spirits.
Walking is not only great exercise, but it’s something everyone can do even in the winter. Whether you go for a walk alone in silence, take your dog out, phone a friend, or listen to music, a podcast, or a meditation, a walk is great for the body and mind.
In fact, walking can help prevent depression by boosting self-perception, self-esteem, your mood, and sleep quality while also helping reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. So, try to make a small goal of walking a few times a week (or every day, if you are able). Especially if you work from home or are currently going to school online, one tip is to build in a commute time – go for a walk for the time it would have previously taken you to get to work and school. This helps you break up your day.
Meditation may feel daunting if you have never done it before, but studies show meditation is good for everyone. There are many different types of meditation, and just five minutes a day can make a difference in your mood.
Apps like Headspace and Calm can teach you meditation and offer free trials or student discounts. The apps even have specific meditations and sleep stories to help with getting and staying asleep. Or, places like YouTube and Spotify have meditations as well.
Self-care: Take a bath
Feeling good on the inside sometimes means taking a break and feeling good on the outside. Our favourite self-care is a nice, soothing bubble bath with some of our favorite bath products. Taking a break and reading a good book, watching your favourite show, or listening to a podcast or music while soaking in the tub is a great way to tune out life and recharge.
Just because studios are closed, it doesn’t mean you have to stop dancing. Whether you’re dancing to music in your room for self-care, or taking a virtual dance class, exercise is good for positivity, community, and self-care.
Finding an online community can be the next best thing during the pandemic and being active helps your body and mind stay resilient and ready to get back to dance.
Let us know how we can help!
We know these are challenging times, and we’re here for you! Whether you need a mask, a bath item, some fitness gear for relaxing at home, or a new dance wardrobe to get excited about getting back in the studio, call us today or check out our website. We’re open for curbside pick-up and online ordering with delivery to anywhere in Canada.