Embracing Winter: 4 Wellness Tips

As winter blankets the world in a shimmering coat of snow and the days start to feel shorter, thanks to fewer daylight hours, many people begin to find it challenging to maintain their well-being. The colder temperatures and darker days can have an impact on both our physical and mental health. However, with a few simple adjustments and mindful practices, we all can navigate the winter season with grace and vitality. Below are a few ways to make your health a priority as the seasons shift.


Keep moving

Physical activity is crucial for maintaining overall health, especially during winter. Bundle up and take a brisk walk, join a local senior fitness class, or engage in indoor exercises like yoga or tai chi. Staying active helps boost circulation, maintain joint flexibility, and enhance mood.


Make healthy eating a priority

Winter often brings a craving for hearty comfort foods and the holiday season can often mean more indulgences than usual. Maintaining a well-balanced diet is important to both our health and well-being. It helps to maintain strength, mobility, and good quality of life. Include a variety of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains in your meals. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, herbal teas, and warm soups.


Ensure you’re getting enough Vitamin D

Vitamin D plays an important role in many functions of your body. It can contribute to stronger bones, help fight off respiratory infections and regulate insulin levels. Getting a healthy daily dose of vitamin D can be challenging and a common problem for many Canadians, especially during the winter. Consult your healthcare provider to understand if you’re getting enough and if supplements could be right for you.


Pay attention to your mental health

Approximately 1 in 4 Canadians experience some form of seasonal depression around this time of year. Stay socially connected with friends and family, participate in activities you enjoy, and consider trying mindfulness or meditation to alleviate stress and anxiety.


Winter wellness for older adults is about a holistic approach that addresses physical, mental, and emotional well-being. By staying active, maintaining a nutritious diet, and prioritizing mental health, you can embrace the winter season with resilience and vitality. Remember, a little self-care goes a long way in making winter a season of wellness.

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DISCLAIMER: Many of our Blog Posts were written before the COVID-19 pandemic and thus do not necessarily reflect the latest public health recommendations. While the content of these blogs identify activities that support optimal aging, it is important to defer to the most current public health recommendations such as social distancing and frequent hand washing. Some of the activities suggested within these blogs may need to be modified or avoided altogether to comply with current social distancing recommendations. To view the latest updates from the Public Health Agency of Canada, please visit their website