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5 ways to brighten your day this winter

by Sulvey Polanco | February 1, 2019

Skip the seasonal winter meltdown.

It’s that time of year again. The weather is in the negatives, the snow on the ground is almost as tall as you are and EVERYONE is sick. We understand how hard it can be to keep your mood’s up when the weather outside is frightful.

 

Pug wrapped in blanket

 

We’ve got you, here are 5 ways to brighten your winter days and make them a little more tolerable:

 

1. Have a lazy day-in

There’s snowplace like home. With the freezing weather outside, it makes sense that you’d want to stay as far away from the cold as possible and that’s OK! There are tons of things you could do from the comfort of your own home. Grab some hot cocoa and snacks, put some fuzzy socks on and snuggle up in some warm blankets. All you need for this is a Netflix account, some good music or a good book. You could even just catch up on some good, old fashioned Zzz’s.

 

Blanket next to hot chocolate and book

 

2. Visit a board game café

Board-games? Lattes? A working heater? Count me in. Check out Snakes and Lattes, a board-game café with multiple locations across Toronto. Grab your friends and enjoy some quality time playing a wide array of board games right at your fingertips. Their game library is filled with all of your favourite games organized into bookshelves. With $5 cover, it’s easily accessible and SO worth it. While you’re there, grab a bite to eat and a hot drink! Don’t forget to bring your A-game!

 

Board game in middle of table with an array of food and drinks surrounding
Image Courtesy of BlogTO

3. Enjoy the culinary wonders at Winterlicious

Snow happens, but this is proof there’s some good to come from winter. If you didn’t already know, Winterlicious is an event that celebrates all the great food Toronto has to offer. The event offers three-course meals at reasonable, fixed-prices ranging from $23-$33 for the lunch menus and $33-$53 for the dinner menus. With nearly 200 participating restaurants, you’re sure to find a restaurant to suit your every need. Vegetarian? Vegan? Meat lover? There are options for everyone! Winterlicious is running until Feb. 7 so make sure you book a reservation or hop on over ASAP.

 

Colourful food dish including pomegranate
Image Courtesy of Tourism Toronto

4. Build a snowman

Forget fun in the sun, you can have fun in the snow too! I bet you haven’t done this in a while. Take advantage of the abundance of snow that’s hit Toronto and build a snowman! With the semester weighing in on you, it’s OK to take a load off and enjoy the snow while it lasts! Relive your childhood with your BFF’s and make a new frozen friend!

 

Snowman with trees in background

5. Treat yourself to a much-needed spa day

Don’t have the funds to visit a luxury spa? We’ve got a budget-friendly option for you! Treat yourself to an at-home, DIY spa day. Run a warm bath, grab your favourite bath bombs and essential oils and VOILA a relaxing hot bath! Pamper your dry skin with DIY masks using products you probably already have at home. Lastly, slice up some cucumbers and give your eyes a much-needed break! There you have it, a luxury spa experience from the comfort of your own home. Check out these tips and tricks to give yourself the BEST at-home spa experience.

 

 

From runny noses to the numbing cold, winter can feel like the WORST time of the year but I hope we’ve proven it doesn’t have to be! Seize the day and treat yourself this winter.

Only a couple more months of cold to go—we hope.


Looking for more things to do this winter? Check out the 5 best under-the-radar coffee joints to warm you right up!

Want to help promote change? Join hundreds of students on Feb. 4 at the March for Students’ Rights!

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