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February 05, 2019

Winter survival can be hard when it's cold, dark and snowy outside.Our winter survival tip today is mindfulness, and we're giving you three ideas of where to practise it.

Practising mindfulness is a trick that will help improve your mood during the dreary winter months and all year long!

Practicing Mindfulness can help improve your mood during the winter

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness isa mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. It is frequently used as a therapeutic technique to deal with anxiety.

While there are courses and classes you can take to help you on your way to becoming more mindful, it is also possible to practice it on your own. Finding a nice spot to be alone with your thoughts is a great way to start on the road to a more mindful and hopefully a more uplifted state of mind!

Three inspirational places to practise mindfulness: 

1. Light therapy rooms

    Light Therapy room at the MOCA in Toronto

    Light therapy rooms are designed to combat seasonal depression. Studies have shown that up to 15% of people are affected by seasonal depression each year, especially in northern countries likeCanada.

    Exposure to extremely bright, artificial light sources have been shown to help combat these gloomy seasonal mood swings. Spending some time meditating in a light therapy room can help boost your mood and ensure that you feel more centred and uplifted.

    Finding your local light therapy room is only an Internet search away. For those in Toronto, you can visit the Museum of Contemporary Art's light therapy room.

    2. Forests or parks

    Spending time outdoors can boost your mood in the winter months

    Buildings and cities can take their toll on our mood andwell-being. Even if it's only for a few hours, or just an hour, it always feels great to get away from the city and back into nature.

    There are numerous benefits from spending time outdoors, particularly in the presence of trees, even in the winter!


    1. Improves memory
    2. Lowers cortisol and therefore lowers stress
    3. Reduces inflammation
    4. Increases energy
    5. Decreases anxiety and sadness
    6. Protects vision (for children and adolescents)
    7. Lowers blood pressure
    8. Improves your ability to focus
    9. Improves cognitive function
    10. Potentially helps prevent cancer (!!)
    11. Boosts your immune system 

    3. Rothko Chapel

    The Rothko Chapel is a spiritual space designed for any domination

    Even though you have to be in Houston to experience this, theRothko Chapel is so remarkable that we wanted to highlight it.

    The Rothko Chapel is a non-denominational spiritual space containing 14 Murals by American Artist Mark Rothko. It provides a safe space for dialogue, prayer and worship with a commitment to diversity.

    A great way to be mindful is to simply sit and enjoy the massive murals designed especially to create a meditative space for anyone to feel at peace.

    Do you have any favourite places to be mindful? Please share in the comments.

    Images from unsplash.com

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