Beat the winter blues

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.