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December is one of the most brutal months of the year, especially in Canada. The cold crushes everything in its path and can leave you feeling like you’ve just been flattened by an avalanche. When it’s icy and snowy outside, all I feel like doing is curling up beside the fire and watching HGTV. But of course, we all have to go outside at some point. So here are five tips to help combat the effects of winter.
1. Moisturize! Whenever I step outside, even if it’s just for five minutes, my skin shrivels up like a prune and I end up looking like I have a rare flesh-eating disease. For me, my hands are my biggest problem area. I love La Source hand cream from Crabtree & Evelyn’s hand therapy collection. I can really feel it repairing the skin on my hands, plus it smells amazing!
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2. Take vitamin D. In the winter, my nails and hair feel limp and brittle, and I’m also more prone to feeling down and depressed during the season. This year, I started taking Delicious D vitamin D3 drops in September and so far my nails and hair feel healthier and I’m not feeling the winter blues as strongly. You only need to take one drop a day and they taste like yummy summer berries.
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3. Work out. I’m a firm believer that a good sweat sesh can cure almost anything. If you’re feeling chilled or down about the weather, even a 15-minute dance party can make you feel better. The endorphins will instantly bring up your mood. If you’re snow-bound and the gym feels like it’s too far to manage, search YouTube for a workout that speaks to you. I prefer Pump It Up, because it doesn’t even feel like a work out, you’re just dancing to upbeat music.
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4. Eat like you’re on some far away tropical island. Mango, papaya and bananas are some of my favourite fruits because they taste just like candy. Not only will healthy fruits and veggies boost your mood, but the seasonal foods will help you feel like you’re on a much-needed vaca to the Carribean.
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5. Stay warm! I’m guilty of stepping out one too many times sans coat, and that’s a surefire way to catch an unwanted cold or even pneumonia. Make sure you bundle up before stepping out, even if you’re just walking to your car. When I do remember to bundle up, I usually wear my Canada Goose jacket along with a knit tuque and a warm scarf. I don’t know what I’d do without my Goose, it feels like a portable duvet!
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