BEATING THE WINTER BLUES
For many of us, January is marked by a time of having little money after the Christmas period until pay day and having to battle daily with bitterly cold temperatures outside. If this sounds like you, naturally January may also be a time of year where you find yourself struggling with low mood or finding energy and enthusiasm to face the day ahead. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a clinically recognised condition also known as the ‘winter blues’ and is characterised by experiencing an uncharacteristically low mood during the winter months. If you’re someone who is impacted in this way during winter there are three key ways to help boost your mood and are the recommended by the NHS as proven techniques to help keep your mental health on track this winter.
- Increase your exposure to sunlight: Light therapy is often used to treat Seasonal Effective Disorder, this could either take the form of making a conscious effort to be outside more (which we naturally tend to do less of during colder months) or alternatively by using an electrical ‘light box’ machine which produces a bright light, more information on this light boxes and their use can be found online or from your GP.
- Exercise more: research indicates that 30 minutes of rigorous exercise at least 3 times per week has been shown to combat the symptoms of depression and low mood as well as improving overall fitness and the associated health benefits.
- Eat Healthily: Winter blues can lead to us craving ‘comfort food’ such as sugary or high fat foods like chocolate or pasta, however an increase in these foods can lead to weight can and psychological changes to how we feel about ourselves and our bodies.
If you find yourself struggling with feelings of low mood or depression and would feel that you could do with some support to help get you through this difficult season then Counselling may be of benefit to you. To find out more about how Counselling can help or to arrange an initial session to talk things through please feel free to contact me via: 07910-203-772 or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org