It's well known that changes to the weather and the darker nights can have a big impact on your mental health, and this time of year can be especially harder if you suffer with mental health worries.
Here's some of my top tips to give your mental health a boost during the winter months
1- Stay Active
Exercise helps you to feel relaxed and gives your mood a boost
2- Make the most of the light
The so called "winter blues" can be caused by lack of sunlight, and to combat this, try to grab all the natural light you can. Go for a walk during the day, sit by a window, and open those curtains and blinds during the day.
3- Keep yourself warm
Keeping yourself warm can help you feel more settled and relaxed. You can keep warm with hot drinks and food and wearing warm clothes and by setting your thermostat between 18c and 21c.
4- Talk to people
Keeping in contact with friends, family and colleagues, and telling people how you feel and letting them know how they can support you can be a huge help.
5- Give back
Helping others and giving back is one way you can help yourself to feel better. As well as helping others, in return you'll get a sense of achievement and reward.
6- Eat well
By maintaining a healthy and balanced diet, this helps your body to stay fit and healthy and to fight off any nasty bugs.
7- Get Help
If you suffer from anxiety or depression, or any other form of mental health, it's important to get professional support.
Feel free to contact me for a free initial consultation and I can let you know how I might be able to support you.
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