As the evenings start to draw in and the weather gets colder many people experience a drop in their mood. They may have less energy and motivation, notice changes in appetite, feel tense and generally feel a bit low. This is extremely common and recognised by scientists to be triggered by the changes in light levels and intensity at this time of year. This is because our we need sunlight to release the chemicals necessary for our brains to function well.

How can I help myself

  • Get some fresh air and sunlight every day, even if its just a walk round the block

  • Be kind to yourself

  • Exercise gets the blood flowing and can improve mood and energy levels

  • Talk to someone

  • Try and maintain a healthy balanced diet

  • Remember that what you are feeling is real, very common and that it will get better

  • Maintain contact with family and friends

  • Put time aside every day for you to relax, even if its just 10 or 15 minutes you'll feel the benefits

Still Struggling?

Make an appointment to see your GP. Your GP is not just there to help with your physical aches and pains but they are also there to support you with your emotional well being.  

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