Five Ways to Wellbeing this Winter
Make the time for yourself to notice what’s happening around you and to understand your thoughts and feelings. Allowing yourself some “Me” time to look after yourself is really important for how you feel. You might like to listen to some calming music, or do some breathing exercises,, or how about trying some online meditation or mindfulness activities?
Learn the fundamentals of meditation to keep you calm, focused and relaxed.
High quality videos on meditation and relaxation.
Having more time indoors during the winter is an ideal opportunity to try something new, to keep your brain active and improve your wellbeing. How about learning some key phrases in a new language, or learning to cook something new to enjoy during the colder weather?
Doing something for someone else, whether big or small, can make you feel happy, as well as the other person. Helping others feels good!
4. Keep Active
Any physical activity can help to lift your mood, but going outside in the crisp winter air, to do something you enjoy can really give you a boost, especially if you can do it during the daylight hours. When it’s cold and wet, it can be tempting to stay indoors, buttry to make the effort, as exercising outside can clear your mind and lift your mood.
For those really horrible weather days, dancing round the house or doing some tidying are also great ways to be active.
Find some inspiration for ways to get active in Hertfordshire here.
5. Stay Connected
Talk to people you trust about how you’re feeling, keep in touch with them and spend time with those people that make you feel good about yourself, in person, over the phone and/or online. Feeling valued and close to friends, family, work colleagues or neighbours is important for your wellbeing and will help you not to feel lonely, as the dark nights draw in.
If you’d like to make some new connections, Hertfordshire Healthy Hubs have information about what’s happening in your local area.
Self-help Resources and Other Useful Websites
There are lots of things that can affect any one of us over the winter, so please click on the words below if you’re looking for more information on any of these topics: