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Winter wellbeing

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    5 December 2021 /

    We have had some beautiful crisp, clear days recently but at this time of year short days, chilly, wet and windy weather can have an effect on our moods and emotions. It’s common to be affected by changing seasons and weather, but if your feelings are interfering with and significantly impacting on your day to day life, you might be experiencing seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

    If you are really struggling, talk to someone. It can be hard to reach out when you are not feeling well, but it might help to share how you are feeling with family, friends or you could contact a helpline such as the Samaritans. Call free 116 123 to speak to someone 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can also find more information about SAD on the Mind website.

    There are some simple things we can all do to try to lift our spirits in these winter months:

    • Try to make the most of natural light. Get out for a walk or spend time in one of our lovely local parks. Being outside in green space can help you feel more connected to your surroundings. Breathe in some fresh air!

    • Make some time for yourself. Plan some relaxing activities that might help improve your mood and try to make more spare time to rest or do the things that you really enjoy.

    • Manage stress. Take breaks, practice relaxation techniques, and try to re-arrange stressful activities or events for another time. Join one of our short Understanding Stress workshops – the next date is Thursday 25 January 10-11.30am.

    • Have a good catch up with a friend, a chat over a cuppa might be just what you need to brighten your day feel more connected.

    • Look after your physical health. Try to get enough sleep, think about your diet, and do something active – jog, walk, dance or even clean!

    If you are looking for a reason to keep active over the winter, why not do something incredible and sign up to run the Brighton Half Marathon on Sunday 27 February for West Kent Mind? Run beside the sea, smash a personal goal and raise money to support vital mental health services in our community. Or if you are a keen cyclist take on the epic Ride London – Essex challenge on 29 May. Find out more information on our Events & Challenges page.

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