How to beat the blues this winter

It is believed that around 2 million people are affected by the winter blues or seasonal affective disorder in the UK. The NHS recommend these 6 tips to help, it affects everyone differently, so try the tips and see what works for you.

Go outdoors

Try to go outdoors in natural daylight as much as possible, especially at midday and when we have some brighter days. When painting inside your home, choose pale colours that reflect light from outside, and try to sit near windows whenever you can.

See your friends and family

Socialising is good for your mental health and helps keep the winter blues away. Keep in touch with people you care about and try to go to social events, even if you only go for a short amount of time.

Join a support group

Being able to share your feelings with others who know what it’s like to have seasonal affective disorder is very helpful and can make your symptoms more bearable.

Talk it through

Talking treatments such as counselling, psychotherapy or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can help you cope with symptoms.

Keep warm

Being cold makes you more depressed. It’s also been shown that staying warm can reduce the winter blues by half.

Seek help

If your symptoms are so bad that you can’t live a normal life, see your GP for medical help.

For more tips about beating the winter blues, visit the NHS website.

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