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Winter wellbeing

Winter can be a difficult time of year.  

Think about the little things you can do for yourself each day, like spending time outside or cosying up to watch a good movie.

Our food can have a big impact on our mood, so think about some meals that are delicious and healthy.

It’s okay if you are feeling anxious or overwhelmed. If things do get too much, make sure to take the time to talk about how you’re feeling.

Try not to compare yourself to the things you see on TV or social media. You’re not the only one who is finding things difficult.

Take the time to connect with your loved ones, even talking on the phone can have a huge impact.

Take it one day at a time.

Our physical health can impact how we feel, so don’t forget to make time to move. The darker winter months are known to affect how we’re feeling. 

Being outdoors, even for a few minutes a day, has been shown  to improve your mood, help you relax and reduce stress. That’s why particularly in these times, we should all try to make the time to get outdoors every day, or at least a few times a week.

Stepping outside is also a great chance to connect with others that you may pass on your walk. Saying ‘hello’ to someone outdoors can be great at helping to fight feelings of loneliness and make you feel more connected to your community.

Being outside also lets you be more mindful and appreciate  your surroundings. Try to save your texts or phone calls for  when you’re back home. Bundle up in some warm clothes, take a walk in your local park or watch the sunset, and take  notice of what’s around you.

And don’t forget to have a hot chocolate and a warm blanket waiting for you when you get back inside.

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