7 ways to boost your Winter mental wellbeing

Cold weather, shorter daylight hours and more time indoors can have a negative effect on the way we are feeling. Depression and anxiety affect many people and should be managed by a Doctor, but there is more to good mental health than avoiding mental illness. Rather, it is about living in a way that is good for you and those around you. Here’s 7 ideas you might like to try to promote wellbeing:

  1. Give your time, words and presence. Share a smile, help a neighbour or volunteer your time.

  2. Be active – walk or cycle in nature, smell the fresh air and listen to the sounds around you. Gardening, yoga or more physical activity can increase self-belief, the ability to cope and boost endorphins. 

  3. Keep learning new skills to give yourself a sense of achievement and confidence. Cooking classes, mastering a musical instrument or figuring out how to fix something keeps you curious and achieving goals.

  4. Find a sense of belonging in the world in places that nurture your soul. Give yourself permission to reflect on your feelings, thoughts, your body and the world around you. 

  5. Connect with the people around you and spend time developing these relationships. Whether it be in person, on the phone or virtually, relationships are critical for mental wellbeing.

  6. Manage stress by keeping supportive daily routines, fitting in time to do things every day that make you happy. Learn to relax and take time out. Establish a pattern around bedtime to have a good night sleep too.

  7. Eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and low GI carbohydrates. Include good protein for your body to make serotonin and add in omega 3, magnesium and iodine (from eggs, apples, brussel sprouts, walnuts, bananas, oats, pears, salmon, strawberries, oranges, spinach, sweet potatoes, milk, dark chocolate and turkey). Carry a water bottle to increase your water intake.



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