Mood-Boosting Activities You Can Do Right Now

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Is it still only February?

Living in Canada, we know how long winter can feel… But this year—and I think we can all agree—it feels like it’s lasting an eternity! If you’re struggling with the winter blues, or simply want spring to get here ASAP, know that we’re more than halfway there. We got this!

In the meantime, we’ve put together a list of mood-boosting activities to keep your spirits up as we power through the rest of the season.


1. Take Up a New Hobby or Learn a New Skill

As most of us feel less inclined to leave the house, it’s important to integrate something fun into our weekly routines. Winter is great for hunkering down and starting something new. Whether you choose to teach yourself or sign up for lessons is totally up to you.

Nowadays, you can find how-to guides on just about anything on the Internet. A quick search on Google, Youtube or even TikTok will lead you to the tutorial you’re looking for. Otherwise, you can always sign up for courses, either given online or in person. Learn a new language, brush up on your baking skills or take up that instrument you’ve always wanted to play. Whatever it is, just go for it!

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2. Support Small Local Businesses

These past two years haven’t been the easiest on the little guys… Go out and show them your support. Chances are there are plenty of local markets happening in your city and many small businesses just waiting for you to discover them.

Since we’re based in Montreal, we’d like to highlight a few here that deserve your attention:

  • Dragon Flowers – A little flower shop tucked behind a wall of bird cages. A hidden gem in the Mile End neighbourhood.
  • LiliandTroTro Jewelry – Handmade porcelain and silver jewelry, each piece its own work of art.
  • Baby Minou – Handmade beaded bags and accessories, created with immense love and care.
  • yolk. – A literary journal showcasing both established and emerging writers and artists.
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3. Pamper Yourself

Stop what you’re doing and book yourself that appointment you’ve been putting off! You deserve a little TLC, especially if it’s been a while. Go ahead and get your hair done, try that new nail colour, or treat yourself to a whole spa day with your sister, daughter or friend. If you’re not too keen on going out right now, organize a self-care day at home. Run yourself a hot bubble bath, pour yourself a glass of wine and let your worries fade into the background.

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4. Unplug and Read a Book

Whether it’s during your me-day or just what you do instead of watching TV one night, reading a physical copy of a book can feel amazing in an age where we’re always looking at screens. So, start that book that’s been sitting on your bedside table (gotcha!) or go browse around for one.

Since it’s Black History Month, it’s the perfect time to pick up a book by a Black author. Our suggestions:

  • All About Love: New Visions by bell hooks
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
  • Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
  • We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
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5. Refresh Your Wardrobe with New Arrivals

As a whole bunch of newness trickles in for spring and summer, there’s no better time than now to start revamping your wardrobe and planning out new outfits to wear as the world opens up again. Super soft denim paired with unique blouses for the everyday, statement jackets and cardigans worn with classic pants for work, and the most gorgeous dresses for all the family celebrations to come. Keep an eye out for the latest fashion trends—you may just find that they align perfectly with your personal style.

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Do you have any fun mood-boosting activities planned for February? Share them with us in the comments below. After all, we might need some extra ideas!

Written by Erika Spedding

When it comes to fashion, as well as other aspects of life, Erika firmly believes that the rules were meant to be broken. Born and raised in Tiohtià:ke (Montreal), she is a product of her city. A self-proclaimed writer and artist, she has always been drawn to the creative, dabbling in poetry, film photography, modelling, and more. She appreciates work that makes people feel something, loves a good self-care day, and will likely try to figure out your zodiac sign upon meeting you.

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