Clinic Reopening:

We are excited to announce that we have re-opened our clinic to returning patients. Currently, bookings by phone, email, and text messages are accepted. New patients and online bookings will be accepted starting Monday, June 8. Only one of our Registered Physiotherapists, Uma Acharekar, is taking new patients at the moment.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we require all patients to have a credit card on file, fill out a screening questionnaire and bring their own masks upon entering the clinic.

Seven effective ways to beat the winter blues naturally

Seven effective ways to beat the winter blues naturally

Seven effective ways to beat the winter blues naturally

From dark mornings and evenings to plummeting temperatures, there’s no denying that winter is here. Unfortunately, so are the winter blues. According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, as many as 35 per cent of Canadians report feeling the winter blues with another 10 to 15 per cent experiencing a mild form of seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

Symptoms of SAD include feelings of hopelessness, sluggishness, insomnia, changes in appetite and extreme fatigue. Even if your symptoms are milder than these, it’s important to not ignore your winter sadness and seek help if your condition worsens.

Luckily, there are ways to fight the winter blues without having to turn to prescription medication. Give these effective, natural solutions a try if you’re feeling down, lethargic, or low energy.

1) Get out and play

Decreased sunlight during the winter months disturbs your body’s circadian rhythms, which reduces serotonin and vitamin D levels. This can cause a negative impact on your mood and energy levels. To combat this, get outside and enjoy natural daylight as much as possible. If you have time, go for a walk in the morning or during your lunch break.

Exercising for at least 20 minutes four times a week has also shown to improve depression. From skiing and ice skating to snowshoeing and having a snowball fight, there are plenty of fun ways to stay active this season.

2) Use a light therapy box

Consider using a light therapy box if you’re schedule doesn’t allow you to get outside during the day or if you’re experiencing severe winter blues. Light boxes emit bright light that’s much stronger than your home’s ordinary light bulbs. Sitting in front of one for 30 minutes to an hour each day can help regulate your body’s circadian rhythms, therefore naturally releasing the hormones that helps you feel energized.

3) Host a party

It’s been proven that socializing and spending time with loved ones can work wonders for your mental health. During this holiday season, make an effort to see the people you care about most. An excellent way to do this is to host an event. Whether it’s a board game night, wine and cheese tasting, or holiday party, organizing an event will give you something to look forward to and provide a chance to connect with friends and family.

4) Go on vacation (or just plan one)

Are you daydreaming about sunshine, white sand beaches, and piña coladas? If you are, why not book a vacation and take that much needed break? Even if you can’t go on holiday due to budget or work constraints, research has shown just the act of planning a trip causes an increase in happiness. It doesn’t have to be an all-inclusive vacation either. You’ll still reap the rewards when planning a staycation or short weekend getaway.

5) Load up on vitamin D and omega-3

Take vitamin D and omega-3 supplements regularly. Vitamin D is vital for your health as it boosts the immune system, maintains blood sugar levels, and regulates mood. Unfortunately, one of the biggest natural sources of vitamin D is sunlight, leaving you at risk of vitamin D deficiency during the winter months. Omega-3 is also important as it produces an antidepressant effect by improving brain and blood cell function.

6) Meditate

Ongoing research has suggested that meditating regularly can help change the way your brain responds to stress, anxiety, and depression. If you’ve never tried meditation before, download the Headspace app for a free 10-day beginner’s course or join a guided meditation class in your neighbourhood.

7) See an Acupuncturist

Acupuncture has been used for centuries to treat depression. By placing ultra-fine needles in various areas of your body, acupuncture releases endorphins and jumpstarts your brain’s production of serotonin. This naturally enhances your mood without risking the side effects that come with prescription medications.

Ready to restore your wellbeing naturally or just curious as to how acupuncture can help you? Take the first step by coming in for a FREE, no-obligation Discovery Visit. Discovery Visits are 15 minutes long and give you the opportunity to discuss your health concerns, ask questions, and go over treatment options with our Registered Acupuncturists.

FREE DISCOVERY VISITFREE DISCOVERY VISIT

Add Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Neck and Shoulder Pain

Fill out the form to get your FREE guide now




Knee Pain

Fill out the form to get your FREE guide now




Fill out the form to get your FREE guide now




Acupuncture

Fill out the form to get your FREE guide now




Wrist and Elbow Pain

Fill out the form to get your FREE guide now




Bad Posture Guide

Fill out the form to get your FREE guide now




We are Open

We are excited to announce that we have re-opened our clinic to returning patients. Currently, bookings by phone, email, and text messages are accepted. New patients and online bookings will be accepted starting Monday, June 8. Only one of our Registered Physiotherapists, Uma Acharekar, is taking new patients at the moment.

Our focus is to keep you, and our RTT family of healthcare professionals and support staff, safe and healthy. In order to do this, we have made a number of very important changes to our usual way of doing business. Until the pandemic is over the following will be our “new normal”:

Certain practitioners will be back to work during this time and others will not be working in order to limit the amount of staff in the clinic. Please be patient if your therapist is not available right away. Please check our online booking platform to see when your favourite practitioner will be returning.

  • Verbal and written COVID-19 pre-screening questions will be done as a part of your appointment booking and at the time of your treatment.
  • Patients are asked to bring their own personal disposable mask or cloth face covering. Please wear them into the clinic and face-masks will be mandatory to get your treatments. All of our staff will be wearing them as well.
  • Patients are asked to come alone as our waiting rooms will have limited seating.
  • All patients will be required to wash their hands before and after treatment.
  • Please arrive a couple of minutes before your treatment time.
  • We have enhanced our sanitization/ disinfection protocols with COVID-19 rated cleaning products. All contact surfaces will be cleaned after use.
  • We will provide as much touch-less payment processing as possible. This will include direct billing to your insurers, tap card payments, or you can have your credit card automatically charged by setting it up on your secure account profile. This can be done on your on-line account profile or our administrative support team can assist you. NO CASH is being accepted.

Please know we are doing everything possible to provide you with a safe, relaxing, and problem-free experience. We look forward to seeing you soon.  If you have any questions, please email us at admin@royaltreatmenttherapeutics.com or by phone at 604-437-7777. You can also text us on your mobile by clicking the button below:

Royal Treatment Therapeutics Logo