Joan and Linda and I went for a long walk in a peaceful forest, on Salt Spring Island. We found some marvellous trails, and took time to linger...long enough to find a few geocaches along the way. Whether it's in the hills, or in the mountains, or in a quiet, December forest, the simple act of being outside is always such a "tonic".
As a young boy, I would frequently take long walks with my father. He loved the outdoors and was comfortable and at home in both the deep woods and on the water. He had gone to sea as a young man, before settling into his career. It seemed he'd been everywhere. And everywhere he went, he loved to explore the outdoors.
It didn't matter if it was raining or snowing or if the wind was blowing fiercely, we would go out. He and my mother would gently advise, "Wrap yourself up." Today, we call that "layering", and off we'd go. I was always glad that we did - once we got out.
A tonic is something that invigorates, refreshes, restores - makes you feel "alive" and vibrant. Tonics come from many sources. Sufficient sleep works.
Good nutritious food serves as a tonic.
A change in routine...getting away, discovering and learning new things, pushing comfort levels...these things refresh and invigorate. And there's probably nothing more natural, and more effective a tonic, as simply being outside in nature...whether it's on land or on the water.