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30-Day mental wellness challenge

The pandemic and winter blues can be a one-two punch to our mental health. Here are some easy things you can do to help get you through winter in Quebec (during a lockdown).

Simple, lockdown-friendly ideas to help take care of your health

A whole month’s worth of lockdown-friendly tasks to help take care of your emotional health. (CBC)

It's more important than ever to take care of our mental well-being. With many of our normal self-care routines on pause, it's hard to know where to begin.

As part of CBC Quebec's "Out Of The Dark: Real Talk on Mental Health" series, we've created a 30-day Mental Wellness Challenge. Each day offers specific, attainable steps to help you get through winter in Quebec (during a lockdown). 

Bonus: You don't need to have a lot of money or free time to participate. 

Find the downloadable, printable 30-day challenge here.

Our 30 day challenge includes small, specific steps you can take to get through winter in Quebec (during a lockdown). (CBC) (CBC)

What CBC hosts are doing to help their mental wellness

The pandemic is a difficult time for everyone, and experts say it's important to remember that there is a lot right now that is beyond our control. We asked CBC Quebec hosts about what they do to to keep their mental health in check. 

Sean Henry, host of Daybreak

"Daily yoga. That's the time I have to intentionally be in the present, and nothing matters but movement". 

Sabrina Marandola, host of Let's Go 

"I have rediscovered my love for board games! I went back to the old-school games; the ones from my childhood. I gave half the game pieces to my nephews and we have online board game battles on the weekends. It's been a great way to reminisce while keeping a close connection to those family members we just can't hug in these times."

Alison Brunette, host of Breakaway

"Getting outside EVERY DAY.  I took up jogging a few months ago. I'm terrible at it, but it feels great to sweat, get my heart rate up and get some fresh air.  I also go tobogganing with my kids. It's exhilarating and walking up that hill is good exercise! It's also a good way to stay in touch with my inner child."

Catherine Verdon-Diamond, CBC Montreal News and Our Montreal

"I make it a point to work out at home with my hubby during the week. It clears my mind and immediately changes my mood."

Betsy Longchap, host of Eyou Dipajimoon

"I take at least half an hour to go for a walk during the day, it helps tremendously. Meditation and exercise also help when you work from home."

This story is part of the special CBC Quebec series"Out of the Dark: Real Talk on Mental Health". To see all of our coverage, click here.