We have compiled a range of posters to help those who suffer from the winter blues.
The winter months can be a difficult time. Lack of sunlight and a disruption to the body’s natural rhythms can leave people feeling down, sluggish and even anxious. These feelings have been recognised by the medical community and they have given it the name Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
The posters and social that we are circulating try and help people find some solutions to improve their mental and physical wellbeing.
We will be also offer hints and tips on social media throughout the next couple of months using the hashtag #SparkleThroughWinter
Support at this time is particularly important for those who may have issues with alcohol and/or drugs and who might try and cope with negative feelings through substance misuse.
Our tips include:
- Keep active – A daily walk in the middle of the day could be as helpful as light treatment for coping with the winter blues.
- Take advantage of any sunshine – Go outdoors in natural daylight as much as possible, especially at midday and on brighter days. Inside your home, choose pale colours that reflect light from outside, and sit near windows whenever you can.
- Keep warm – Being cold may make you feel more depressed, so staying warm may reduce the winter blues. Keep warm with hot drinks and hot food. Wear warm clothes and shoes, and aim to keep your home between 18C and 21C (or 64F and 70F degrees).
- Eat well – A healthy diet will boost your mood, give you more energy and stop you putting on weight over winter. Balance your craving for carbohydrates, such as pasta and potatoes, with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.
- Try something new – Keeping your mind active with a new interest may help you get through the winter blues. It could be anything, such as playing bridge, singing, knitting, joining a gym, keeping a journal, or writing a blog. The important thing is that you have something to look forward to and concentrate on.
- Connect with other people – It’s been shown that socialising is good for your mental health and helps ward off the winter blues. Make an effort to keep in touch with people you care about and accept any invitations you get to social events, even if you only go for a little while.
- Talk it through – Talking treatments such as counselling, psychotherapy or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can help you cope with symptoms. See your GP for information on what’s available locally
- Keep to your care plan – It’s been designed to help you achieve your goals.
Click the image below to download the campaign posters.
A new campaign offering advice to vulnerable people and party goers to “Keep calm at Christmas”, has been launched.
Throughout December, Calderdale Recovery Steps campaign messages will be shared in social media and posters. Handouts will be given to current clients with local and national emergency contact numbers for additional support.
Among the campaign’s Top Ten Tips to Stay Safe this Christmas include not giving in to peer pressure, drinking at your own pace and making sure you have planned how to get home safely.
David Prescott, Lead Practitioner at Calderdale Recovery Steps said: “The Christmas and New Year period is a time when people can relax and enjoy themselves but for some people that can get out of hand. Sometimes, people can go too far without realising it and end up accidentally hurting themselves or indeed other people.
“People going to parties and the pub can be swept along in rounds and suddenly feel overwhelmed by the amount of alcohol they have consumed.
David continued: “We’re offering our top ten tips and some advice to help people. That ranges from drinking more wisely to making sure that you and your friends get home safely at the end of the night.
“We want people to have fun and not have a reason to regret anything they have done over the Christmas and New Year period”.
The campaign runs alongside advice designed to help people deal with their emotional and mental wellbeing over the Christmas period. This side of the campaign helps people to deal with feelings of loneliness and depression as well as the pressures that can accompany the festive season.
Calderdale Recovery Steps will be sharing these messages of advice on social media under the hashtag #KeepCalmatChristmas and #SaferSeasonalDrinking.
Below is a link to our Tips for Safer Drinking over Christmas and a link to advice and information for those who may find the season difficult to cope with.
To download the A4 leaflet, please click on the image below.
The Calderdale alcohol and drugs service Calderdale Recovery Steps are asking people to pledge a small change to their drinking behaviour and share it on social media using the hashtag #InspiredChange.
It is part of a campaign led by Calderdale during Alcohol Awareness Week which runs from the 19th to 25rd November to encourage people to review their drinking.
Lisa Brook, Complex Need HOPE Worker for Calderdale Recovery Steps said: “We are hoping that in Alcohol Awareness Week people will take some time to consider how a small change to their drinking might have a big impact on their life.”
Lisa continued: “There are plenty of good reasons to cut back on your drinking including watching your weight, reducing stress and saving money as well as staying healthier for longer.
“Making a small, manageable change like cutting out that after work drink or having more drink free days can mean huge health benefits and people will feel better for it. So we’re asking them to make a personal pledge to change and share it on social media using #InspiredChange.”
Alcohol Awareness Week is a national campaign organised by Alcohol Concern. The theme this year is “change”.
Wasted this Summer is the title of a new campaign aimed at helping party-going young people in the area to make wiser choices about their behaviour over the summer.
Emily Todd, Director of Services West and South Yorkshire said: “The messages that we are trying to get out there are about having fun but doing so in a way that means you and others aren’t put at risk.
“People can get carried away at summer parties and especially at festivals. Wasted This Summer offers practical advice to help people get clued up about what they are doing, so they can make safer choices about alcohol and drugs.”
Posters and leaflets are being distributed across Calderdale and the campaign will be supported by social media messages that can be shared with the hashtag #WastedSummer.
Hints and tips include advice on staying hydrated, how to minimise risks and what to do in the event of someone being unwell.
Copies of the posters and leaflets can be obtained by contacting Calderdale Recovery Steps on 01422 415550, or clicking on the images below.