Increased levels of stress and anxiety have been a common reaction during these stressful times. These feelings can take a mental and physical toll, whether you’re experiencing insomnia or feeling unproductive. Now more than ever before, it’s important to find ways to cultivate a happy and healthy environment for ourselves. Here are some ways to unwind and keep positive.
Mindfulness and Meditation
Meditate: Studies show that meditation can help reduce stress, blood pressure, chronic pain and more. Lululemon is offering digital guided meditations on their social channels, or you can turn to apps such as HeadSpace, Calm and Wave. Headspace is even offering a free selection called ‘Weathering the Storm,’ designed to help support you during this time.
Practice Yoga: Yoga can be another way to de-stress and you don’t need to be a pro to reap its physical, mental and spiritual benefits. Yoga does not require many equipment for you to practice at home – a yoga mat, a towel and stretchy clothing is all you need. If you’re looking for additional gear, accessories, or just looking to expand your Yoga wear, browse our Search.Find.Shop tool.
Use Essential Oils: Aromatherapy, which uses essential oils for therapeutic benefits, can also help to soothe, de-stress and lift your spirits. Look for a calming diffuser or candle blend with notes like lavender and ylang ylang.
The Joy of Baking
For some, cooking and baking can be a source of joy and a welcome distraction. It’s time to tap into your inner chef!
You may find yourself short of certain kitchen tools in your arsenal during this time, especially if you don’t cook or bake on a regular basis. Our Search.Find.Shop tool should check off any missing items on your list, whether it’s a baking dish, a hand whisk or a rolling pin.
If you prefer to do the eating instead of the cooking, that’s fine too! Luckily, there are plenty of delicious options available for delivery and curbside pick-up.
Everyone has a different approach to what makes them feel good. Similarly, something that works for one person may not necessarily work for you. The important thing is to figure out what helps you feel your best. Whatever you choose to do, we are here to help you feel happy and healthy. Follow us at @Shop_Hillcrest for tips and inspiration!
Retailers with an exterior street entrance will offer curbside pickup at Hillcrest beginning on Monday, May 11, 2020. The following retailers/restaurants are currently participating. Please check back often as more stores and restaurants will offer the service in the days and weeks to come. For additional information, please contact store directly:
RETAILERS OFFERING CURBSIDE PICKUP
Hudson’s Bay: Monday-Sunday 12pm-5pm
905-883-1222 – Visit Website
Sporting Life: Monday-Sunday 11am-6pm
905-292-0001 – Visit Website
Indigo: Monday-Sunday 12pm-6pm
905-538-9538 – Visit Website
West Coast Kids: Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm | Sunday 11am-5pm
905-225-2288 – Visit Website
Mastermind Toys: Monday-Friday 11am-9pm | Saturday 9:30am-6pm | Sunday 11am-5pm
FOOD & BEVERAGE RETAILERS OFFERING CURBSIDE PICKUP AND/OR DELIVERY
Swiss Chalet: Sunday-Thursday 11:30am-8pm | Friday-Saturday 11:30am-9pm (Pick-Up & Deliveries Available)
Real Fruit Bubble Tea: Monday-Sunday 12pm-6pm (Pick-Up & Available on Uber Eats)
If you’re feeling restless during this time and looking for creative ways to channel your energy, there are several things you can do at home that don’t involve scrolling social media or binge-watching a TV show. Even if you aren’t the crafty DIY-type, there are still countless ways you can fuel your creativity. Perhaps you feel most inspired in the kitchen flexing your culinary muscles. Or, you might feel like your best self in the garden cultivating your green thumb. Whatever sparks your creativity and imagination, here are some fun ideas to help get you through quarantine.
Even if you haven’t been keeping up with your regular beauty routine, you can still have fun and get creative at home. Now’s the time to experiment with makeup without worrying about messing up. Learn how to create the perfect cat-eye or test-drive a bold beauty look. You can even experiment with nail art. Start with simple mani ideas like stripes or a colourful dot. If you prefer a more traditional canvas, tap into your inner artist by painting. Or, nurture your love of the outdoors with gardening, whether you’re growing herbs or flowers. If games are more your speed, take a page from celebrities and get busy building Lego sets.
If you feel your best creative self in the kitchen, there are lots of ways to get inventive and unleash your inner chef. On a baking spree? You may have already learned how to make your own sourdough bread or that lemon poppyseed loaf you’ve been eyeing on Instagram. Your next project: whip up a fresh batch of cookies for Chocolate Chip Day by trying your hand at a new recipe or a tried-and-true favourite. You can even have a session of afternoon tea with your favourite blend. Prefer a cocktail over a cup of tea? Gather your cocktail-making essentials for World Cocktail Day. Glassware: check, ingredients: check, garnishes: check. Cheers!
Colouring Sheets: Browns Shoes – Wishbone Collection
Talented designers from Browns Shoes have sketched out colouring pages based on their latest spring styles.
Life at home looks a lot different than it used to just a couple of months ago. The current climate has drastically changed our regular schedules and routines. It’s meant that we’re spending the majority of our time indoors and limiting the time we spend outside. While it’s certainly been an adjustment, it’s also allowed us to appreciate the comforts of home. Whether you’re loving life indoors or struggling to stave off cabin fever, here’s how to make the most out of your time inside.
Home Decor Essentials
Now that you’re spending a lot more time indoors, you want to make your home as cozy as possible. Luckily, you don’t need a major makeover to make a big impact. It’s the perfect time to tackle DIY projects like that gallery wall you’ve always wanted. Focusing on small decor details is another quick and easy way to liven up your space, whether it’s fresh bedding for your bedroom, a cozy throw for your favourite nook or an elegant wicker basket for the living room area.
The words “tech support” have taken on a whole new meaning in self-isolation. Think gadgets that make stay-at-home life just a little bit easier. Even if you can no longer frequent your favourite café, you can still up your at-home coffee game by upgrading your equipment to brew a perfect cup. Video games are another tech must-have and the perfect way to beat boredom and keep entertained. The hit game “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” is at the top of our list, available on Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite. An air purifier is another at-home must-have, helping purify any room by filtering out particles like allergens and bacteria.
At-home loungewear is anything but frumpy. Even if you aren’t getting ready for work the way you once did, you can still ensure your WFH outfits stay on-point. A matching set lets you create a put-together look in no time and is polished enough for all your Zoom meetings. Meanwhile, an off-duty tracksuit is an easy way to throw in a little streetwear into the mix. More at-home options include tapered sweatpants, sweatshirts and silky PJs. In other words, it’s entirely possible to look stylish and comfortable in equal measure.
Comfort Food Recipes
The Ultimate Chicken Noodle Soup: See Recipe Here
Is there anything more comforting than a bowl of chicken noodle soup?
Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies: See Recipe Here
Make your own chewy and fudgy chocolate chip cookies using two types of chocolates.
French Onion Bread Bowl: See Recipe Here
Being cozy at home requires a cozy bowl of homemade French onion soup.
More than ever, the community needs our support.
During these difficult times, we hope to be a voice and platform for our community in need.
Our community is important to us and we’d like to say a big thank you to Mackenzie Health who has been a pillar in our community for over 50 years.
To donate, please contact or visit: www.mackenziehealthfoundation.ca/covid19-response
While Mother’s Day might look a bit different than what we are used to this year, there are still plenty of ways to show mom you appreciate her. Whether they’re an ocean away or down the street, you can cross that divide with a Mother’s Day gift that’s one-of-a-kind for someone who means the same to you.
This year, more than ever, we want to help you find the perfect item to show the Mom in your life some extra love. We’ve put together this guide featuring some of our favourite products available on Search.Find.ShopNOW. Don’t forget to purchase early, as shipping times may be longer than expected (some retailers have purchase deadlines in order to guarantee your gift arrives on time).
For the mom who pulls off that comfy-chic vibe.
Reitmans: This jumpsuit will have mom feeling cozy and sassy as she goes from conference calls to helping with schoolwork.
Soft Moc: A wardrobe staple – the Chuck Taylor from Converse. This classic never goes out of style and can be dressed up and down.
For the mom who loves hosting Zoom cocktail parties.
Hudson’s Bay: She will love to (virtually) show off these gorgeous cotton flower patterned napkins from Anthroplogie.
Hudson’s Bay: Thank mom for “The Good Life” she’s given you with this wine glass from the Los Angeles Trading Company.
For the mom who loves to be pampered.
The Body Shop: She’ll love having a relaxing bath with this comfy inflatable bath pillow.
The Body Shop: The addition of grapefruit scented bubbles is a fresh, juicy treat!
Roots: After she’s finished pampering herself, she will be delighted to slip into this super cozy robe!
For the mom who deserves to be named the next Top Chef.
Hudson’s Bay: This floral spatula will perfectly mix in that spoonful of sugar!
Hudson’s Bay: They say a kitchen without a knife is not a kitchen – so make sure mom has some good ones. These Zwilling Knives will have her set for even the most daring culinary adventure!
For the mom workin’ on her fitness.
The Source: Music motivates! Help mom get into her fitness zone with these Beats by Dr. Dre earphones.
Sport Chek: This unique cork yoga mat is antimicrobial – it can handle sweat yet repel germs and odor.
Reitmans: These breathable capris have mesh inserts to help keep her cool.
For the mom who just became a mom.
DAVIDsTEA: She will definitely need a morning dose of caffeine now, and this pretty tea cup will certainly make it more enjoyable!
Hudson’s Bay: Show her how much she means to everyone with this beautiful MOM etched pendant necklace.
Ardene: When she’s got 5 minutes to get ready, this scrunchie will add a pop of colour in a hurry!
Remember, no matter your budget, mom will love whatever you give her, especially since it was chosen with care.
To Purchase Online: Visit Here
Receive complimentary standard shipping or 50% off expedited shipping for online Oxford Gift Card purchases. Offer valid for a limited time and will be applied at checkout. Complimentary standard shipping not applicable on Corporate orders.