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Article published on: Thursday, 14 December 2023

With shorter days and often gloomy weather, the Winter months can have a negative impact on our mental wellbeing.

Here are a few suggestions of some simple things we can all do to look after our mental health during the Winter.

  • Increase your exposure to natural light. Lack of natural light effects the hormones which are vital for our mental health. Going for a wintery walk, even if it’s just around the block, can be the perfect way to get some natural lights, fresh air and exercise along with a change of scenery. If that’s not possible, try to sit near a window during the daylight hours.
  • Exercise in a way that suits you. Research shows that exercise helps to manage stress and anxiety. Try to find something that you enjoy, so that it’s fun rather than a chore. You could go for a brisk walk or run, join an online class or try out chair yoga.
  • Eat healthy, balanced meals. Food and nutrition are closely linked to how we feel. Try and keep a balance to your diet with some fruit and vegetables. This can help us to avoid energy lows that can have an effect on our mood.
  • Keep to regular sleep patterns. Sleep has a huge impact on our mental health and wellbeing. Try to find routines and habits that help you to get the best possible night’s sleep. For example, keep your room dark, try not to look at screens in bed and go to bed at the same time each night, when possible.
  • Stay hydrated. Many of us find it difficult to drink as much water in the Winter as we do in the Summer months, so why not try drinking hot drinks such as herbal teas?
  • Avoid excessive alcohol consumption. We know alcohol can affect our mood and mental health, so try not to overdo it during the festive season.
  • Meet up with friends or join a peer support group. Social interaction is vitally important for our wellbeing and helps combat feelings of loneliness and isolation. It’s also a great opportunity to share how you’re feeling with someone you trust.
  • Reach out for help. If you’re struggling with your mental health, please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you and we can help you find the support that’s best for you. Call us on 01494 463364 or email [email protected]

For lots more tips on how to improve your mental wellbeing all year round, please click below.

The Self Care Forum also provides lots of advice on winter wellness, for both physical and mental health. Please click the button below.

The Warm Welcome campaign

The Warm Welcome campaign provides safe spaces that are heated and inclusive that people can access for free. You can expect a warm welcome from staff and volunteers, connect with the community, make new friends and be signposted to local support services.

Please click below for an online map of warm welcome spaces.

Map of Warm Welcome Spaces
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