Our 5 top tips to help you beat the blues this winter

Our 5 top tips to help you beat the blues this winter

Posted by Izzy Alford on 21 December, 2021

With the days getting colder and the nights getting longer, this time of year can be hard for anyone experiencing low mood or lack of motivation. Sticking to a routine can prove more challenging if you’re feeling unmotivated, but it is important to remember that if you are struggling from the ‘Winter Blues’ that you are not alone in how you are feeling. There are also lots of small steps you can take to help you feel better, through improving both your physical and mental wellbeing.

Here are our top five recommendations for beating the blues this winter:

1. Keep a routine: Writing a to-do list is a great way to set goals for what you want to achieve in a day. This could be anything from walking the dog to finishing off household chores - writing a list gives you a structure and enables you to break down tasks into more manageable chunks.

2. Make the most of the daylight: It’s really important to make the most of the natural light. Getting out of the house and embracing the outdoors (even on a rainy day) is a great way to improve your mood and enjoy a change of scenery.

3. Look after your physical health: Exercising is a proven way to give your mental and physical health a boost. Although it can be hard to find the motivation to exercise, being physically active has a number of different benefits including reducing risk of illness, improving sleep and increased energy levels.

4. Eat well: As much as it can be tempting to curl up on the sofa with a box of chocolates, eating a healthy and balanced diet is a sure-fire way to improve both your physical and mental wellbeing. By eating food that fuels you and that your body loves, you’ll feel good both on the inside and the outside.

5. Talk about how you are feeling: If you are finding things hard, it’s important to reach out for help. Speaking to family or friends if you are struggling can make a difference, even if it’s just to talk about how you are feeling and have someone listen to you.

Remember that if you are struggling to cope, feeling low, anxious or overwhelmed by your thoughts and feelings, help is available. TALKWORKS is an NHS talking therapy service offering free confidential support to anyone over the age of 18 by giving you the tools and techniques to help build your physical and mental wellbeing. Whether you’re struggling with sleep, feeling stressed and overwhelmed, or experiencing a low mood, please don’t suffer in silence. You are not alone.

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