Winter in Canada can be especially depressing, it seems to drag on forever and it can be hard to see the light at the end of the winter tunnel, especially if you’re sick!

Guidelines for Surviving the Winter

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Make sure you’re keeping these guidelines for winter surviving winter in mind:

Know the signs: Not many people realize they’re most contagious in the first 24 hours of symptoms. If you’re experiencing two or more of these symptoms, do your best to stay at home and enjoy some Netflix!

  1. Cough or Sore Throat
  2. Runny Nose
  3. Headache or Body Aches
  4. Chills / Fatigue

Avoid work germs: Be wary of sinks, office kitchen tools, and especially doorknobs. Keep some antibacterial gel at your desk and make sure you wash your hands frequently.

Take more “You Time”:  Saying no to stress can keep your immune system strong, make sure you get plenty of rest and sleep, not just when you’re sick.

Double up on pillows: Place a pillow on your mattress to raise the upper body from the waist up. This allows for blood flow away from your head and will reduce the inflammation of your air passage. It’s also a great method of reducing body aches.

Sweat it out: Steam and humidity will help drain sinuses and relieve your stuffiness. You don’t necessarily have to sit in a sauna or steam room, a hot shower has the exact same effect. (Helpful tip: put your towel or bathrobe in the dryer so you don’t feel chilled when you get out)

“Tea, please”: Drinking herbal teas like chamomile, mint of passionflower can help you relax while also helping fluids into your system.DayQuil and NyQuil

Treat all your symptoms simultaneously: Look for a medication that can treat the toughest symptoms while also helping you rest. DayQuil COMPLETE and NyQuil COMPLETEprovide all in one relief for your toughest cold and flu symptoms so you can start seizing the rest of your day, and get the rest you so desperately need at night.

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To get you feeling your best this season, enter to win a Vick’s giveaway prize pack (ARV $75*), includes a $50 Shoppers Drug Mart gift card and Anthropologie Mug.

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144 Comments on Beat the Winter Blues with Vick’s {Giveaway}

  1. Victoria Ess
    March 7, 2016 at 5:23 pm (2 years ago)

    I go to hot yoga and go running outside!

  2. kathy downey
    March 7, 2016 at 5:51 pm (2 years ago)

    I put LED light right through my home,bright as sunshine everyday beating the Winter blues

  3. Kimm Coleman
    March 7, 2016 at 5:55 pm (2 years ago)

    I drink lots of tea and enjoy the hot tub during the winter.

  4. Florence C
    March 7, 2016 at 6:15 pm (2 years ago)

    I am beating the winter blues relaxing, reading and watching my favorite TV shows.

  5. jenny
    March 7, 2016 at 7:44 pm (2 years ago)

    getting lots of rest

  6. Lynda Cook
    March 7, 2016 at 7:51 pm (2 years ago)

    First off I get my flu shot so I can avoid getting the flu, and then just eat healthy, drink lots of water and stay active, all of that helps for a healthy sick free life!!

  7. Judy Cowan
    March 7, 2016 at 7:56 pm (2 years ago)

    I try to keep active throughout the winter to help keep the winter blues away. Staying healthy helps too.

  8. Sarah Jackson
    March 7, 2016 at 8:01 pm (2 years ago)

    I try to get outside everyday for a little vitamin d , it may be cold and snowy but the sun can still make us feel great !

  9. Darlene Schuller
    March 7, 2016 at 8:38 pm (2 years ago)

    I try to make sure I get out daily, walk the dog or run errands.

  10. charityk
    March 7, 2016 at 8:50 pm (2 years ago)

    i use my ‘happy light’

  11. Wanda Tracey
    March 7, 2016 at 8:54 pm (2 years ago)

    I like to get the flu shot in the fall and I wash my hands a lot to prevent the cold.

  12. Kim K
    March 7, 2016 at 8:56 pm (2 years ago)

    I drink tea, read positive happy books and I try to pamper myself with hot bubble baths when I can.

  13. Kay
    March 7, 2016 at 9:03 pm (2 years ago)

    Reading and walking to get my dose of su n

  14. Wendy hutton
    March 7, 2016 at 9:10 pm (2 years ago)

    I make sure I take my vitamins and eat right and dress for the weather

  15. Athena Da Rosa
    March 7, 2016 at 10:08 pm (2 years ago)

    Sanitize and vitamin C

  16. Silvia D
    March 7, 2016 at 11:00 pm (2 years ago)

    i do reading, using my photo programs with my multitude of pics..go for walks, and make sure to keep up with my vitamins and eat healthy!

  17. Lisa bolduc
    March 7, 2016 at 11:13 pm (2 years ago)

    I try to get outdoors as much as possible and to keep a busy schedule

  18. Jeannie
    March 7, 2016 at 11:24 pm (2 years ago)

    I try to make sure I take my vitamins and just staying active!

  19. Jay Nelson
    March 7, 2016 at 11:30 pm (2 years ago)

    I take Vitamin D3 and I make sure I stay physically active. And I laugh and play with my children.

  20. Rebby
    March 7, 2016 at 11:45 pm (2 years ago)

    I try to enjoy the outdoors even if the weather is bad. Today I had a lovely walk in the park!

  21. Jenn C
    March 7, 2016 at 11:52 pm (2 years ago)

    I swim daily as well as walk or cycle. It helps we live right in the core of Calgary and have so many bike paths and parks. I also love to cook so a nice meal to ward off the blues. We BBQ year round! Nothing like a BBQ to put a smile on

  22. andrea amy
    March 8, 2016 at 12:31 am (2 years ago)

    I take vitamin D and try to get outside daily even if its just to walk down the block to the mail box

  23. Travelbuds
    March 8, 2016 at 2:38 am (2 years ago)

    I am too busy driving my kids around and working to think about winter blues

  24. Holly MacRitchie
    March 8, 2016 at 6:53 am (2 years ago)

    I beat the winter blues by eating vitamins and exercising at the gym.

  25. Elizabeth R
    March 8, 2016 at 8:10 am (2 years ago)

    I try and get out in the sun as much as possible, enjoying the fresh air.

  26. John A
    March 8, 2016 at 8:35 am (2 years ago)

    Being outside almost every day, even for a short period helps me cope with the winter blues, but as we all know nothing cheers us up like a sunny day, cold or not.

  27. 409cope
    March 8, 2016 at 8:47 am (2 years ago)

    I take vitamin D every day and lots of relaxing bubble baths.

  28. Ira
    March 8, 2016 at 9:24 am (2 years ago)

    I don’t do much… mostly just try to find a happy moment in a day and focus on it.

  29. Louise Gilbert
    March 8, 2016 at 10:04 am (2 years ago)

    taking vitamin C and making sure I wash my hands often. Also get out in the sun

  30. kristen visser
    March 8, 2016 at 10:19 am (2 years ago)

    my daughters actually help us to make the best of it ! we get outside and try to enjoy the winter because we know they do! and then when we get home its hot chocolate and a bubble bath

  31. Carol M
    March 8, 2016 at 10:35 am (2 years ago)

    Take daily walks

  32. Jonnie
    March 8, 2016 at 11:23 am (2 years ago)

    I get my flu shot and try to make sure I get outside to get some fresh air and sunshine everyday, no matter the weather.

  33. Amy Heffernan
    March 8, 2016 at 11:26 am (2 years ago)

    I try and exercise all winter! Helps it go quick!

  34. Maritess S
    March 8, 2016 at 11:36 am (2 years ago)

    I beat the Winter blues catching up with my hobbies of crocheting, scrapbooking and crafting

  35. Cassie Fancy
    March 8, 2016 at 11:55 am (2 years ago)

    My little ones and I spend the winter doing fun crafts . Helps get rid of the blue when we are bonding over hot glue and paint

  36. jan
    March 8, 2016 at 12:04 pm (2 years ago)

    i dream of warm location to beat the winter blues 🙂

  37. caryn s
    March 8, 2016 at 12:18 pm (2 years ago)

    I get outside and for a walk.

  38. ivy pluchinsky
    March 8, 2016 at 12:27 pm (2 years ago)

    getting lots of rest, drinking lots of fluids

  39. Pam
    March 8, 2016 at 12:28 pm (2 years ago)

    I try to beat the winter blues by getting more exercise (walking more) and getting out with hubby for date nights.

  40. Anne Taylor
    March 8, 2016 at 12:52 pm (2 years ago)

    I try to get as much exercise as possible and head down to the beach as often as possible.

  41. SweetPanda
    March 8, 2016 at 1:07 pm (2 years ago)

    I try to stay active and keep up my mood

  42. Cheryl
    March 8, 2016 at 1:30 pm (2 years ago)

    I try to keep active and keep busy!

  43. Elizabeth Matthiesen
    March 8, 2016 at 1:31 pm (2 years ago)

    I get my flu shot every fall and this year it has saved me twice and boy was my son (an adult) really ill with the flu twice. I take vitamins and enjoy a relaxing time with a good book and catching up on Netflix. 🙂

  44. Cheryl Grandy
    March 8, 2016 at 1:40 pm (2 years ago)

    I open the curtains to let in the light, especially on sunny days. I also enjoy spending colder days inside, reading a good book.

  45. Brenda Penton
    March 8, 2016 at 1:48 pm (2 years ago)

    Exercise has been my biggest help this year. I also got a salt lamp that has been helping.

  46. Andrea
    March 8, 2016 at 2:05 pm (2 years ago)

    Lots of rest and Vick’s VapoRub!

  47. Julie Bolduc
    March 8, 2016 at 2:09 pm (2 years ago)

    We keep our family active and pray we don’t get sick

  48. Krista M
    March 8, 2016 at 2:26 pm (2 years ago)

    I take Vitamin D and also our family goes winter camping which this year in Alberta has been wonderful weather! So refreshing.

  49. Glogirl
    March 8, 2016 at 2:27 pm (2 years ago)

    I beat the winter blues by shopping for spring clothing!

  50. Karla Sceviour
    March 8, 2016 at 3:42 pm (2 years ago)

    I haven`t figured it out
    I usually try to stay active and eat chocolate when I am feeling blue!

  51. ginette4
    March 8, 2016 at 3:44 pm (2 years ago)

    I do things that make me happy, either baking, junking or cleaning

  52. israel y
    March 8, 2016 at 4:01 pm (2 years ago)

    beat the winter blues with some awesome music

  53. Rhonda W G.
    March 8, 2016 at 4:06 pm (2 years ago)

    I got a sunlight lamp for starters. Also, I like trying new recipes this time of year. Ugh…I have a bad cold right now!

  54. Elaine G
    March 8, 2016 at 4:09 pm (2 years ago)

    I don’t get the winter blues. But I guess just doing things I enjoy like reading,watching tv,going for walks.

  55. gene d
    March 8, 2016 at 4:13 pm (2 years ago)

    Rum and Coke

  56. Jessica M walker
    March 8, 2016 at 4:31 pm (2 years ago)

    Wash my hands frequently

  57. loretta
    March 8, 2016 at 5:00 pm (2 years ago)

    I beat the winter blues by eating vitamins and exercising at the gym.

  58. Amy C
    March 8, 2016 at 6:11 pm (2 years ago)

    I go for walks with my dogs and take my vitamins.

  59. Suzi
    March 8, 2016 at 6:27 pm (2 years ago)

    A lot of downtime – it just made me feel less stressed!

  60. Carole D
    March 8, 2016 at 7:09 pm (2 years ago)

    I do water workout, read and get massage!

  61. Maria
    March 8, 2016 at 9:11 pm (2 years ago)

    Exercise and take vitamins

  62. Susan T.
    March 8, 2016 at 9:14 pm (2 years ago)

    I take Vitamin D and try to enjoy hibernating. I love a good book and a cup of tea!

  63. Melinda Jana
    March 8, 2016 at 9:16 pm (2 years ago)

    drinking lots of water and taking vitamins

  64. Debbie S.
    March 8, 2016 at 9:29 pm (2 years ago)

    I try to beat the winter blues by exercising and opening all curtains in the daytime.

  65. Sunshine G
    March 8, 2016 at 10:29 pm (2 years ago)

    I try to get outside every day for a walk – the exercise resets my day when things are going sideways.

  66. l p
    March 8, 2016 at 11:03 pm (2 years ago)

    have a reason to go out every day. just a walk outside can help. and find things to be grateful for when out. thanks

  67. Shannon Heitt
    March 8, 2016 at 11:32 pm (2 years ago)

    i do yoga and try to go for walks

  68. Brenda
    March 9, 2016 at 1:15 am (2 years ago)

    I try to get outside even if it’s ugly out!

  69. Tainan Lu
    March 9, 2016 at 4:55 am (2 years ago)

    I do more exercises.

  70. lori
    March 9, 2016 at 10:04 am (2 years ago)

    enjoy the nice days as much as possible

  71. Jenny
    March 9, 2016 at 11:34 am (2 years ago)

    lots of rest

  72. Erin W
    March 9, 2016 at 11:39 am (2 years ago)

    I try to get outside as much as I can so I don’t go stir crazy!

  73. BlessedTA
    March 9, 2016 at 12:06 pm (2 years ago)

    I don’t get winter blues

  74. nicolthepickle (Nicole Graham)
    March 9, 2016 at 2:04 pm (2 years ago)

    Just taking a day off and getting outside for a coffee or a trip to the Library.

  75. Allie f
    March 9, 2016 at 2:42 pm (2 years ago)

    I use a sun lamp and stay active! Thank you!

  76. Robyn Bellefleur
    March 9, 2016 at 4:57 pm (2 years ago)

    I go out as much as possible on the sunny days regardless of the temperature.

  77. Maggie C
    March 9, 2016 at 6:30 pm (2 years ago)

    Love to stay active by walking or taking the transit – leave the car at home.

  78. Tara
    March 9, 2016 at 6:33 pm (2 years ago)

    Our family is beating the winter blues by staying warm, dressing warm and just relaxing. Know the signs when we are getting sick..

  79. Gillian Morgan
    March 9, 2016 at 6:58 pm (2 years ago)

    I try to get outside almost everyday and exercise.

  80. Doris H
    March 9, 2016 at 7:25 pm (2 years ago)

    I try to get outside to walk if the weather is nice. I may go grab a coffee to get out of the house for a break…me-time.

  81. Jackie M
    March 9, 2016 at 8:20 pm (2 years ago)

    I try to exercise, go outside or settle a home with a good book!

  82. Belinda McNabb
    March 9, 2016 at 8:21 pm (2 years ago)

    we try to get outside and go for walks

  83. Aarone Mawdsley
    March 9, 2016 at 8:21 pm (2 years ago)

    get a sun lamp

  84. Tammy Dalley
    March 9, 2016 at 9:20 pm (2 years ago)

    Lots of rest, exercise and eating healthy

  85. Jenness M
    March 9, 2016 at 10:17 pm (2 years ago)

    I work out almost everyday at my gym that has huge windows!

  86. Jolie
    March 9, 2016 at 10:50 pm (2 years ago)

    I take walks, eat well & try to pamper myself.

  87. Debbie White Beattie
    March 10, 2016 at 3:32 am (2 years ago)

    I beat the winter blues by going outside every day to walk my dog

  88. tanyab79
    March 10, 2016 at 10:11 am (2 years ago)

    I beat the winter blues by taking vitamins, eating healthy and try to get some sun when it’s nice outside.

  89. Treen Goodwin
    March 10, 2016 at 11:56 am (2 years ago)

    I have my grand babies over , that helps with the winter blues , they make my day , playing with them keeps my mind occupied 🙂

  90. Yuen C
    March 10, 2016 at 7:22 pm (2 years ago)

    I go swimming in an indoor pool!

  91. Holly OGorman
    March 10, 2016 at 8:31 pm (2 years ago)

    I work out at home most days.

  92. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard
    March 10, 2016 at 10:43 pm (2 years ago)

    we do alot of hand washing

  93. sarah alexis
    March 11, 2016 at 2:58 pm (2 years ago)

    I try to get outdoors for hikes with my kids – the fresh air brightens our mood!

  94. Tracy D
    March 11, 2016 at 4:28 pm (2 years ago)

    We get outdoors, even just tromping around the neighborhood makes you feel better!

  95. Tiffany Rotulo
    March 11, 2016 at 8:36 pm (2 years ago)

    By getting outside and playing with the kids

  96. heidi c.
    March 11, 2016 at 8:57 pm (2 years ago)

    We try to take advantage of the nice days to get outside.

  97. Laurie B
    March 12, 2016 at 1:25 am (2 years ago)

    I try to get out as much as possible and be as active as I can. Hanging out with friends and family is always a good mood booster.

  98. sara rai
    March 12, 2016 at 3:04 am (2 years ago)

    I get fresh air, and drink honey lemon tea.

  99. em
    March 12, 2016 at 9:11 am (2 years ago)

    stay active and eat plenty of fruits and veggies

  100. Jen L
    March 12, 2016 at 5:10 pm (2 years ago)

    I take Vitamin D and try to get outside.

  101. Nate Fuller
    March 12, 2016 at 7:52 pm (2 years ago)

    I walk a lot in the winter, I have all my winter gear and I will go out in any weather!

  102. leanne
    March 12, 2016 at 8:11 pm (2 years ago)

    Stay active and eat well.

  103. maria
    March 12, 2016 at 8:20 pm (2 years ago)

    hot baths and movies

  104. Katharine W
    March 12, 2016 at 9:22 pm (2 years ago)

    Stay in and enjoy movie night with popcorn.

  105. Casey Miller
    March 12, 2016 at 9:40 pm (2 years ago)

    Spicy ethnic foods

  106. sabina edwards
    March 12, 2016 at 9:55 pm (2 years ago)

    I sleep an awful lot in the winter time LOL…maybe I’m saving up for when I can sit outside at 5am and drink my coffee!!

  107. missbobloblaw
    March 13, 2016 at 1:50 am (2 years ago)

    I take vitamins, drink water and try to get outdoors as much as possible!

  108. Amber Y
    March 13, 2016 at 7:13 am (2 years ago)

    Hot baths and hot tea both go a long way!

  109. Margo b
    March 13, 2016 at 3:32 pm (2 years ago)

    I do yoga and palates

  110. Jennifer Beckett
    March 13, 2016 at 3:36 pm (2 years ago)

    I take Vitamin D to make up for the angle of the sun not providing any, and I get out as often as I can when the sun is shining for the mood lift. 🙂

  111. Eldon
    March 13, 2016 at 5:50 pm (2 years ago)

    I get lots of sleep

  112. Erica Seaman
    March 13, 2016 at 8:37 pm (2 years ago)

    Taking vitamin B6 and B12 everyday

  113. Tina L.
    March 14, 2016 at 2:33 am (2 years ago)

    I get lots of rest an take vitamin C

  114. tracy k
    March 14, 2016 at 7:49 pm (2 years ago)

    i take vitamin d’s and go running

  115. Sarah at Journeys of The Zoo
    March 15, 2016 at 12:17 am (2 years ago)

    Always having a glass of water beside my bed and a humidifier running!

    Congrats on your new baby!

    Besos, Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

  116. Angela Mitchell
    March 15, 2016 at 12:54 am (2 years ago)

    I’m been doing puzzles, reading, having board game nights and movie nights.

  117. Rajbinder Kaur
    March 15, 2016 at 1:08 am (2 years ago)

    Love spending time outdoors during the winter, can’t beat the fresh air! I also enjoy reading in my cozy comfy chair!

  118. Caroline
    March 15, 2016 at 8:05 pm (2 years ago)

    Vitamins, rest, green tea and visits to the gym.

  119. Lori L.
    March 15, 2016 at 8:12 pm (2 years ago)

    I beat the winter blues by sitting in the sunshine as much as possible with a good book. I also listen to upbeat music to keep me dancing!

  120. donna s dufresne
    March 16, 2016 at 9:53 am (2 years ago)

    I take vitamin C daily and get out for a walk

  121. Barb W
    March 16, 2016 at 10:06 am (2 years ago)

    I try to get as much sunlight as possible!

    March 16, 2016 at 2:58 pm (2 years ago)

    We try to get outside more each year. We are not winter people. This year we joined curling and love it.

  123. stacey h
    March 16, 2016 at 9:47 pm (2 years ago)

    i go for walks outside to try to get some sun. even when its super cold out

  124. Soozle
    March 17, 2016 at 10:26 am (2 years ago)

    To beat the winter blues, I make sure I get outside and get fresh air and exercise to keep me going!

    March 17, 2016 at 8:14 pm (2 years ago)


  126. marie s
    March 17, 2016 at 10:44 pm (2 years ago)

    joined the gym, enrolled child into gym and swimming. going snow shoeing

  127. Mark V
    March 18, 2016 at 9:28 am (2 years ago)

    Gettting out side no matter the weather.

  128. joy
    March 18, 2016 at 10:51 am (2 years ago)

    getting outside in the sunshine!

  129. Lucy
    March 18, 2016 at 1:55 pm (2 years ago)

    Getting fresh air outside and eating healthy!

  130. Erinn Lishman
    March 18, 2016 at 8:28 pm (2 years ago)

    Beating the winter blues has been tough for me this year, but I really just try to get outside with my kids, enjoy whatever sun there is, and when all that fails we have dance parties inside!

  131. Julie-Lynne McCann
    March 19, 2016 at 12:03 pm (2 years ago)

    lots of walking and chocolate!

  132. michelle matta
    March 20, 2016 at 12:30 pm (2 years ago)

    when its sunny i try and sit near the window and get some natural light. i use music and reading to feel peaceful. and visit with friends when im down.

  133. Josh S
    March 20, 2016 at 11:53 pm (2 years ago)

    I take vitamins and try and stay active.

  134. Kristine Ewald
    March 21, 2016 at 3:59 pm (2 years ago)

    washing my hands a lot

  135. naiddia p
    March 22, 2016 at 9:48 am (2 years ago)

    I exercise and take vitamins.

  136. Sandy Guerra
    March 22, 2016 at 3:59 pm (2 years ago)

    I wash hands after coming home; carry that gel for hands, forgot the name Purell think it is in my purse; eat lot of fruit, avoid coughing people in public, get my yearly flu shot.

  137. Christine W
    March 25, 2016 at 4:38 pm (2 years ago)

    I like to try to exercise a few times a week and take a long bubble bath weekly!

  138. linda
    March 25, 2016 at 9:39 pm (2 years ago)

    Have a regular exercise program.

  139. Leela
    March 26, 2016 at 2:28 pm (2 years ago)

    Keeping active and busy.

  140. Debbie
    March 26, 2016 at 7:34 pm (2 years ago)

    I try to keep active

  141. Wayne Lecoy
    March 27, 2016 at 6:10 am (2 years ago)

    It would be great to win a Vick’s prize pack.
    In response to your question of
    How do you go about beating the Winter blues?
    I beat the winter blues by listening to my favourite music
    and trying to think happy thoughts.
    Thank you for having this giveaway.

  142. Juliee Fitze
    March 27, 2016 at 9:36 am (2 years ago)

    I get out with the granddaughter for a walk.

  143. Larissa
    March 27, 2016 at 8:44 pm (2 years ago)

    Go for daily walks


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