February is here! Though the shortest, I feel it’s the most difficult month to get through. As we prepare to brave frigid temperatures at this time of the year, it’s common to find ourselves caught in a winter slump and feel depressed and less energetic. Here are some activities that you can do in Saskatoon for lifting up your spirits and beating those winter blues!
1. Stay active
We all know how hard it is to leave those cozy covers and get out and moving. On top of that the freezing weather plays a perfect excuse to avoid exercise. However, staying active in winter months is key to an overall good mood and health. Instead of skipping your workout altogether, try going for short walks outdoors. The Meewasin Valley offers great walking trails all year long and looks magical this time of the year. So, keep that lethargy at bay and soak in some crisp winter air, snowy scenery and sunshine. Don’t forget to dress-up in layers.
There are a plenty of other ways to keep your energy levels up such as Ice-skating at The Cameco Meewasin Skating Rink (check for COVID-19 safety protocol here), Skiing, Kick-sledding, Fatbiking, or Snowshoeing. No equipment? No problem. A variety of winter gear is available for rent at Escape Sports. Stay active, alive and adventurous this winter!
2. Warm-up in a café
All that outdoor adventure calls for a cup of coffee or a freshly baked treat. Saskatoon’s coffee scene is growing and you’ll be spoilt for choice. Head to local favourites like Living Sky Café and Citizen Café & Bakery for a delicious warm cuppa or treat yourself with a sinful doughnut at Darkside Donuts. If you love herbal teas like me, Botté Chai Bar is your rescue. This hidden gem in the Riversdale district pours authentic bottomless teas and also provides a cozy place to sit and sip in.
3. Order in/Take-out
Not being able to go out as much due to the weather or current restrictions doesn’t mean end of fun. Restaurants like Odla, Primal Pasta, and Odd Couple are my personal favourites and offer a great selection of dishes. I recommend planning a movie night and gorging on some local delicacies from the comfort of your home without getting out of your pyjamas.
4. Focus on your well-being
Give yourself a little extra love and care this winter. Book a relaxing massage session at Sirius Health. Imagine getting an authentic Thai massage on the prairies. Isn’t that awesome? The whole process is quite unique starting with the traditional foot bath and finishing up with some lemongrass tea and snacks. Quite a treat for your senses on a dark winter day!
5. Be creative
When you’ve got nothing to do on a stormy winter day, try tapping into your creative side with Remai Modern art classes. Check out their ‘Creative Space’ on Saturdays (10:00 am – 5:00 pm) featuring seasonal artmaking which is great for keeping children busy or attend an entirely free class called ‘Something on Sundays’ (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm). I totally enjoyed creating a picture collage inspired by artist Sara Cwynar. All the supplies were provided, the staff was super nice and the space was entirely sanitized. If you’re unable to go out, don’t worry! Learn some fun artmaking online here.
6. Shop local
Browsing and adding items to your cart while being curled up on your couch is easy provided the cold temps but could lead to monotony and dull mood. Instead, step out and go local shopping. The Broadway district is lined-up with pretty stores that give you an instant warm feeling. From one-of-a-kind specialty stores to quirky clothing and retail, Broadway has it all. Shopping local is a wonderful feeling, a win-win for everyone!
Do you have any other ways to beat winter blues? Tell us by tagging #Saskatooning in your pictures.