By CVC’s Baljit Seran, Specialist, Marketing and Communications

Finter – that’s when the calendar says fall, but the weather says winter! It’s that time of year again when the days are short and temperatures drop. You may have trouble getting out of bed and the busy holiday rush has begun.

If your mood is falling as fast as the temperature, make small lifestyle changes to help boost your spirits.

  1. Get outside
    Take a walk outside. Even though it’s chilly, being outdoors may help improve your focus and lower stress levels. CVC’s conservation areas have over 100 km of great trails. Learn more about why being in greenspaces makes us feel good.
  2. Eat well
    Certain foods such as chocolate can help enhance your mood and relieve anxiety. Balance your diet with healthy options. Some farmer’s markets are open in the winter where you can find seasonal produce and local products.
  3. Be active
    Even 30 minutes of exercise per day has long-term benefits for your mind and body. It can also decreases your risk of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and arthritis.
  4. Plan a trip
    If you’re dreaming about sitting on a beach or checking out a local conservation area, start planning! You don’t have to go now, the simple act of planning is good for your health and happiness.
  5. Spend time with family and friends
    Just like connecting with nature is good for our mental health, so is connecting with people. Try to keep in touch with the people you care about. Spend quality time together outdoors and try a new activity.
  6. Volunteer
    Help your community by volunteering your time. Volunteering has been shown to improve your mood. It also gives you satisfaction knowing you’re making a difference. Check our events calendar for opportunities to volunteer with us.

Remember, you don’t have to hibernate when it’s cold out. Visit cvc.ca regularly to see what’s happening in our conservation parks and in your community.

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