5 Tips For Improving Winter Blues

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5 Tips For Improving Winter Blues

Winter blues, they come and go when they please, and we’ve probably all experienced some form of it in our own way. Seasonal affective disorder affects around 2 million people in the UK, whether it’s the aftermath of December balanced with the reality of going back to work or just simply the nonstop cold and rain keeping you indoors. We’re sharing our five top tips for beating the blues this new year.

1. Take the pressure off – The new year often brings about change, and whilst change is often a good thing, it’s still important to take things slow and try not to put too much pressure on yourself. So if you’re trying out a new hobby or giving something up for the new year, take each day as it comes. If you do have a list of things you want to achieve this year, then create a plan of how you can realistically progress, this will help your mindset and set you up for success. 

2. Enjoy some relaxation – The rush of Christmas and the New Year is now over and January is a chance to check in with yourself. Take some ‘me’ time and enjoy the little things you love. Maybe an at home spa evening is your idea of unwinding. A warm bath filled with luxurious bath oil to help switch off, then cosy up in your pyjamas and slippers for a night on the sofa getting lost in a film switch off with a book.
3. Step outside and enjoy some fresh air – There's not such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. Wrap up warm for a walk and enjoy the crisp cool air, spending time outdoors can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and improve your mood. It also gives you the opportunity for some quality family time, so pop on your winter hat and scarf and head outside.
4. Improve your sleeping routine – Getting enough good quality sleep is so important for our health and well being. Create a sleep sanctuary with cosy bedding and blackout curtains.
5. Talk to someone – They say a problem shared is a problem halved and a chat with loved ones can make the world of difference to your mood. So put the kettle on and have a catch up.


We’d love to hear your tips for beating the blues. Maybe you love to paint or practise yoga to help you relax. Let us know in the comments below.

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