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How to beat the symptoms of ‘Toolongwinteritis’

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With the holidays long gone and spring still a little far off on the horizon, some of us may be noticing those familiar indications of ‘Toolongwinteritis.’


Even though March sounds spring-ish we know we have a while yet to go to get to the good, blooming part of spring.


‘Toolongwinteritis’ is a common Canadian ailment that most frequently afflicts those who do not go on tropical holidays. It is characterized by repeated complaints about the weather, resistance to toques, and unusual attachment to couches and La-Z Boy chairs. It is accompanied by repeated wonderings of ‘Why do we live here?’


If these symptoms are sounding familiar, here are some ideas to help you cure yourself of this annual malady:


1. Brighten up!  Stop wearing black — yes, it’s slimming, but it’s also boring! Get out some colour and notice how you will feel a little bit different. My Mom has a beautiful orange winter coat and every time she goes out it in someone gives her an admiring comment.


2. Dope up! OK I know that sounds kind of bad but this is the good  kind of dope — dopamine — the feel-good chemical released into your bloodstream when you exercise.


3. Bundle up! Yes it’s cold, yes it’s windy, yes, there’s a lot of snow, it’s slushy, mushy and yucky.  But really, how long have you lived here, are you not used to it yet? Go out and breathe in some fresh air, even if it’s only for a short time.


4.  Drink up! Less booze, more water. An extra glass of water here and extra glass of water there, it all adds up to a healthier (and therefore happier) you.


5. Buck up! Try something you’ve never done before or that you haven’t tried in a long time. Rent some skates at the Forks (only $2) and try out the fabulous River Trail, discover cross country skiing again. Trade the latest movie thriller for a ‘make you think’ documentary or some live entertainment. Think of something different!


On a more serious note, if you experience unusual lethargy or prolonged sadness(greater than two weeks) it may be a sign of something more serious, please consider seeing your doctor.


If you think it’s just Toolongwinteritis, plan to incorporate one of these above tips (or one of your own) and see if that cure doesn’t just come on it’s own!


Please send your tips for curing Toolongwinteritis to stephanie@yourlifeunlimited.ca or post them on my Facebook page, Your Life Unlimited.


Stephanie Staples is an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker and author. You can find more resources for life enrichment at www.yourlifeunlimited.ca.

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