Christmas has been and gone in a blur, the credit card bills may be slowly falling on your doormat and, to add to it, the weather’s grey and dismal. It can be hard to see the positives in January but here are some simple ways to help which can boost your morale…

Get some daylight

With limited daylight hours during the winter, it’s important to get as much daylight as you can. Take a walk outside, draw open those curtains and make the most of the light. If you suffer from Seasonally Affected Disorder then a lightbox may help you.

Talk to a friend

Sometimes something as simple as picking up the phone to talk to a friendly voice is all you need to perk you up. If you don’t really want to talk to a friend about your concerns then don’t forget there are confidential services available via charities such as the Samaritans.

Exercise

Now you don’t necessarily have to sign up to a gym but taking some time out to increase your heart rate is good for both your physical and mental health. If money’s an issue then look at free opportunities such as local Parkruns (Chippenham, Southwick Country Park, Homewood and Salisbury all have them) or why not volunteer in some conservation work to not only help you keep fit but to give something back to the environment too? Organisations such as Wiltshire Wildlife Trust often have volunteer vacancies.

Do something new for you

Perhaps there’s always been something you’ve been meaning to try? Learning an instrument? Reading a particular book? Try and make some time for you and do something that’ll interest you. If you struggle to find any time for yourself, contact us to make sure you’re getting all of the help you’re entitled to.

Eat well

Try and avoid high sugar treats and opt instead for healthy, regular meals with plenty of fruit and vegetables. Wiltshire Health Trainers can offer support on a number of things including weight loss, getting active and reducing your alcohol intake.

Ask for help

You aren’t alone. There are people that are willing to help and to listen to your concerns, particularly if you are a carer. If you are struggling with your caring role, we are on-hand to signpost you to services that could help you and the person you care for. Give us a call during our opening hours on 0800 181 4118 or drop us an email to admin@carersupportwiltshire.co.uk.