Staycation this March Break?

With all the families flocking south this week, it may be a less stress situation to stay home this March break.  Less stress, more snow.  But still, you can make the most of it with the following tips below (7 tips for 7 days of March snowy bliss). 

1. Be social.  It may be a snow storm outside but it doesn’t mean you can’t connect with friends.  Whom haven’t you spoken to in a while?  Drop them a line, or even videophone/skype them.  When’s the last time you wrote someone a gratitude email or thank you letter?  Or just get together for coffee, mall-walking, or a book club chat. 

2. Take a media vacation.  Try going a day, or an afternoon, sans Internet/phone/tv.  This one may be a challenge, but will be eye opening to how much we depend on media.  Watch the snow outside, go play in it even.  Read a book, write a book. Clean your room.  Anything that gets you away from the blue light of your device.  (FYI if you are a chronic facebooker or media mogul you may want to mention to your social networks that you are going offline or they may send cops to your door to find you) 

3.  Connect with your community.  There are amazing resources located in your community.  You just have to find them.  Sure you can google it, but it’s actually easier to go to the community center and inquire about the resources and classes around you. Also the library is a fantastic resource (in Maple, we have a wonderful resource library that has great events).  If you have kids, the library and the early years centre (in Ontario) also have kid and parent friendly events. 

4. Self care day.  Take the day off or at least a break.  Do some batch cooking (or order in?), go for a walk, listen to music, read a book, exercise, craft, or spend the day doing what you enjoy. 

5. Act like a kid.  Invoking your inner child, imagination and playfulness are beneficial for your health and wellness.  Joyful activities increase oxytocin and dopamine levels, leading to elevated mood and metabolism.  Activities can include playing at a park (with or without kids!), having a princess party, crafting, creating a water table, sandbox, finger painting, etc. 

6. Learn a skill or subject. Why not flex your mental muscles this March Break?  There are many free resources to learn a skill or subject.  You can find lessons on YouTube, or course notes online, or even reread your old course notes.   Read a book in a subject you aren’t familiar with.  There are audiobooks, podcasts, even hay house radio is a great resource.  You can learn to knit, sing, play guitar, magic tricks, YouTube different dances to learn (make it even a Facebook challenge with friends!). 

7. Have a Spa day in.  Make your own spa day (or night if you have kids).  You can do a mani/pedi (invite a friend and you can do each other’s nails), skin scrub, facial (using oatmeal, avocado, or honey), herbal tea, YouTube meditation, Spotify spa playlist, Epsom salt foot soak, foot massage with almond oil, etc.  There are so many Spa options!

Enjoy your break – whether it’s away or at home – you deserve it!  

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About healthyhappynaturopathy

I am a board certified and licensed Naturopathic Doctor working in Newmarket and Maple, Ontario I am an advocate of individualized and specialized medicine, about treating individuals as a whole, and evoking our own healing properties. To me, being happy is being healthy, and health flourishes with a positive mindset.
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