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  • Rotem Stark


Even though we are moving into March, the weather has taken a turn for the

worse here in Toronto and with that, winter blues can pop up. The days can seem long and dark and spring, seemingly around the corner, still seems illusive. This can really take a hit on our well-being, we can experience bad moods, low energy and just feel down.

That is why it is so important to be intentional around this time of year,

making your mental and physical health a priority.

Here are a few important tips and reminders to get us through the next few weeks:


It is so easy to stay home and hide out from the bad weather, but keeping active and moving the body releases endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine. These are responsible for increasing pleasure, stress relief, and pain relief. Physical activity can also reduce feelings of anxiety and depression! Hitting the gym or simply going for a 20-minute walk during lunch can increase your mood and greatly improve your mental health.


If you are like most people, during this time of year, food cravings can

really flair up. Our bodies demand sugar and carbohydrates. These foods

may provide us with an instant boost, but are this is often

followed by a crash that can bring us right back to where we started, feeling low. What we eat can have a huge impact on how we feel. Instead of bread or

chocolate, try a healthier alternative such as fruit or nuts.


What is that one thing that lights you up and brings you joy? Research

shows that when we do things we love, dopamine is increased in our brains, which leads to pleasure, satisfaction, and motivation. Even simple things, like listening to music, can increase dopamine and your mood. Make it a priority to do the things you love and that make you feel alive.

Taking small daily steps to increase your well-being during this last stretch of

winter, can go a long way. Life is about thriving, not just surviving. Follow us on

social and subscribe to our blog for more tips and tricks to make your life more

fulfilling and joyful.

Until next time,

Rotem Stark, Mpsy, RP, Stark Wellness Clinic


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