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 Christmas balanced with the reality of going back to work or just simply the nonstop rain keeping you indoors. We’re sharing our five top tips for beating the blues this new year.
- 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. Whether you’re trying out a new hobby, sport or giving something up for the new year, take each day as it comes. If you do have a new year’s resolution or a list of things you want to achieve this year, then create a plan of how you can realistic get to your goals, this will help your mindset and set you up for success.
- Enjoy some relaxation – The rush of Christmas and the New Year is now over, and you probably haven’t had a chance to check in with yourself. It’s essential to take some ‘me’ time and enjoy the little things you love. Maybe an at home spa evening is your perfect evening. Why not run 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 with a book or switch off and get lost in a film.
- Step outside and enjoy some fresh air – Wrap up warm for a walk, and enjoy the crisp cool air that winter brings. Spending time outdoors can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and improve your mood. It could also make the perfect time for some quality family time, so pop on your winter hat and scarf, slip on your kid's wellies and raincoat and go splash in some puddles.
- Improve your sleeping routine – Sleep plays a huge part in everyday life and ensuring you get enough sleep each night is vital. From cosy bedding and a sleep mask to blackout curtains to help block out the light, there are lots of tips to help improve your sleeping routine. Read our top tips for sleeping here.
- Reach out for help – They say a problem shared is a problem halved, and a chat with loved ones can sometimes make you feel better, whether you arrange a coffee catch up or it’s a phone call over lunch. Socialisation is important for our mental health so reaching out to your support system is key. If you're feeling low and don't want to speak to someone you are close with then seek support from your doctor or a healthcare professional.
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.