Winter can be a tough time for many people in normal circumstances. Now that we’re in a new lockdown it’s more important than ever to try to look after ourselves physically and mentally through the winter months. We’ve put together four top tips to help you look after your wellbeing this winter.
Physical activity is really important for both our physical and mental health. You don’t have to take up marathon running or be super fit, something as simple as a daily walk can make all the difference. Exercising outside this winter could help boost our mood and reduce anxiety during the pandemic. Exercise triggers the release of endorphins into the bloodstream, relieving pain and producing a feeling of wellbeing.
Turn worrying into problem solving
It’s natural for all of us to be worried at the moment, these are worrying times. But worrying doesn’t solve anything and it can be very harmful to our mental health. Try to shift your focus to practical problem solving. Stop and ask yourself what steps you can take to address the problem.
If you’re still dwelling on your worries, try to shift your focus by doing some physical activity or something that requires a lot of concentration.
Set yourself some new targets or goals to focus your time and energy and help you feel in control. Be realistic so that you’re not putting unwarranted pressure on yourself.
Perhaps now is the time to take up a new hobby or set yourself a challenge? For example crafting or learning to knit are both hobbies you can do indoors and which are good for your mental wellbeing. Learning to do something new or meeting a goal you’ve set for yourself is a great way to boost your self-esteem.
Talk to someone
Talk through your worries, telling someone about your mental health difficulties or just sharing your day with another person can make a huge difference to the way you feel. We know that it’s always better to talk than to stay ‘stuck in your own head’.
Please watch the video below for tips on starting a conversation about mental health.
If you’re experiencing a mental health problem, please reach out and ask for help. To find out more about our services, please click here. You can get specific Covid-19 advice and guidance here. For crisis support, please click here.