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How to Lift Your Spirits During the Winter

If winter has you feeling down, here’s how to invigorate your mood with help from CAA’s Rewards partners

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It’s common to feel glum at this time of year. Add a pandemic into the pot and you’ve got a recipe for the winter blues. Luckily, CAA Rewards can help lift up your spirits with Member-exclusive offers on everything from Vitamin D to gear for winter workouts. Here are four ways to combat the winter blues this year.

Get outside everyday

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There’s nothing like a blast of cold air to invigorate the body and the brain. Half an hour of daily exercise is proven to change your mood. Whatever the activity—skating, hiking, biking or a quick sprint around the neighbourhood—Altitude Sports has you sorted with walking poles, thermal jerseys and more.

CAA Member offer: earn 4% in CAA Dollars® from Altitude Sports when you shop online

Consider immunity boosters

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Improve your health from the inside out with mood boosting vitamins and nutrition. Consider adding more complex carbohydrates, such as broccoli, spinach, quinoa and lentils and to your diet. And eat plenty of fatty fish like salmon and sardines or take a brain-boosting Omega-3 supplement. Vitamin D plays a central role in regulating mood and keeping the immune system robust, which is especially important when we aren’t getting as much exposure to sunlight. CAA members can choose from a variety of both supplements over at Well.ca.

CAA Member offer: earn 5% in CAA Dollars® from Well.ca when you shop online

Carve out some “me” time

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Whether it’s sun salutations, long soaks in the tub or reading a scandalous thriller on the couch, making time for ourselves is key to invigorating ourselves. From scrubs and moisturizers to candles and scented oils, Sephora is a one-stop-shop for Members hoping to bring the spa experience home. If you’re new to yoga and meditation, Indigo offers bolsters, blankets and books to help get you started.

CAA Member offer: earn 5% in CAA Dollars® from both Sephora and Indigo when you shop online

Spread love by treating a friend

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With so many of us missing friends and family, and other social channels, we’re all finding new ways to connect. Sharing book suggestions, recipes and motivating news stories can be a way to feel closer, and to rally one another. Sending a cheerful floral arrangement from Teleflora is a sure way to bring a smile to the lucky recipient. Host a zoom dinner with your neighbours by having a couple of juicy sirloins from truLocal delivered to their door that morning; it’s social, local and generous.

CAA Member offer: save 20% as well as earn 5% in CAA Dollars® from Teleflora when you shop online or call 1-866-488-4628, or receive free meat with the purchase of a regular box from truLocal when you use the promo code CAATRULOCAL

Even more deals

You can access Member–exclusive offers and savings from CAA’s Rewards partners by visiting our complete list of retail partners online. Select a retailer, enter your Membership number and start shopping; it’s that easy!

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