Looking after your mental health through the winter months


As the winter months draw closer it is important we look after our mental wellbeing. With the dropping temperatures and shorter days we may feel reluctant to get out and about and would rather stay in our warm beds. During the colder months our appetite may change, we may find it harder to socialise and exercise and we may want to sleep for longer.

Some self-care tips include:

  1. Make the most of natural light – take the opportunity to go for a walk when you can, even on your lunch break if you can, ensure your blinds and curtains are pulled back during the day and sitting out in the sun when it makes an appearance.
  2. Connect with people around you – make plans to see friends or talk on the phone or video call friends and family. Encourage others to talk about their mental wellbeing as we all benefit from a listening ear.
  3. Maintain a healthy lifestyle – try and get out and exercise as much as you can, whether this be a short run or walk or even attending the gym. Ensure you are eating a balanced diet by adding fresh fruit and vegetables to those ‘winter warmer’ meals. If you know you will lack energy after work you could try making meals in advance and freezing them. You may also benefit from taking extra vitamin B12 or vitamin D supplements.
  4. Avoid stress – try and plan ahead to avoid stressful situations as much as possible. Participate in activities which reduce stress such as taking a bath, having a massage, or doing some yoga. Regular meditation and mindfulness activities could be used to reduce stress levels.

Where to turn:

  • For more advice about self-care please access support from MIND via the link below: https://www.mind.org.uk/
  • If you have any questions or concerns about your mental wellbeing please contact a healthcare professional via your GP practice

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