Whether you struggle with SAD (seasonal affective disorder) or are simply finding it more difficult to wake up without the support of five alarms, it’s critical to have mood-boosting techniques in your back pocket. Think of these as natural ways to cultivate internal sunshine.
Winter weather can leave us feeling lethargic, but there’s a kryptonite for that “blah” feeling that’s been chasing you around: self-care! Read on for natural mood-boosters to hold you over until we can all bask in the Coeur d’Alene summer sun once again.
Take a walk in the woods.
One tried-and-true way to tackle the winter doldrums is to embrace winter as part of your fitness or relaxation routine. A healthy dose of movement, natural light, and pine tree speckled landscapes can make all the difference. When you stay at The Coeur d’Alene Resort, look no further than right out the window: Tubbs Hill! Bundle up for a gentle walk along the community lakeside trail, and feel those endorphins perk you right up.
When it’s so cold outside, drinking ice water is like a dam for the digestive system. During these winter months, try switching to warm, comforting liquids. Add lemon and rosemary to your water for an at-home spa feel, or treat yourself to a new variety of tea from The Spice and Tea Exchange! From “Immune Booster” to “Sleep Aid” to “Metabolism Booster” teas, their herbal selection will warm you up from the inside out.
Make hibernation more enjoyable.
One way to boost your winter mood is to make your time indoors more enjoyable. If you’re hibernating at home, elevate your comfort level by lighting a candle, or treat yourself to an epsom salt bath. Better yet… visit The Coeur d’Alene Resort Spa for a mani pedi pick-me-up or a massage. The winter doldrums are no match for an award-winning spa treatment.
Eat colorful, feel colorful. Well balanced, nutrient-rich meals support improved moods. Try warming up your winter with a hearty bowl of healing soup or batch of roasted veggies. Slow cooker soups are a fantastic way to treat your body with colorful, nutritious meals. For those who are ready for a night out, let The Coeur d’Alene Resort do the cooking for you! Is there anything more comforting than Beverly’s French Onion Gratin?
Take a polar plunge in Coeur d’Alene Lake.
It might sound crazy, but brief cold plunges have proven feel-good effects. Polar bear swims are not for everyone, but the traditional Scandinavian method of “ice swimming” can support detoxifying the body, boosting energy, and sharpening the mind. After the initial 32-degree shock, you may just feel a pep in your step again.
Not quite ready for a polar plunge?
Try a winter warm up instead, with a soothing soak in The Resort’s hot tub infinity pool.
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