Looking after your mental health over the winter months
Winter can be a difficult time for many people, as the shorter days and longer nights can lead to feelings of sadness and loneliness. Additionally, the cold weather and lack of sunshine can affect our physical and mental wellbeing. Below, we’ve compiled some tips to help you feel more optimistic during the dark winter months.
Sometimes it can be hard to do the things that are good for us, but pushing through and making changes to our routines can have a surprising effect. Why not give one of the below activities a try for a week or two, and judge for yourself?
Even though it may be cold and dark outside, it’s important to make an effort to get some fresh air and natural light. Going for a walk, jog or bike ride can help boost your mood and energy levels.
Regular exercise is an effective way to combat feelings of depression and anxiety. Not only does it release endorphins, it also helps improve sleep and overall physical health.
Connect with others
Loneliness and isolation can be common during the winter months, so make sure to stay connected with friends and family. You could join a group or class to meet new people and make new connections – there are plenty of free local groups and activities that you could try. Or why not try volunteering? We’re always looking for volunteers at our counselling centres!
Take care of yourself
You deserve a good night’s sleep, a healthy diet, and regular self-care. Taking care of your physical health can help improve your mental health. Lots of people feel their emotions in their body (e.g. headaches, sore backs and stomach aches) so caring for your body is caring for your mind.
If you’re struggling with your mental health, it’s important to seek professional help. Renew can provide support and guidance to help you cope with the challenges of the winter months and beyond.
Please do not hesitate to give us a call if you’d like to find out more about the services we offer.