World Mental Health Day 10th October

Saturday the 10th October is World Mental Health Day. 2020 has been a difficult year for many and as we approach the colder and darker months heading into autumn and winter, we wanted to share our top tips for managing mental health going into the changing seasons. 



Tip no. 1

Get outside

Even if the weather isn’t good, wrapping up and getting outside can lift your mood and provide a much-needed boost.

Extra tip: if it is cold and wet, plan a nice treat like a hot chocolate when you get back to look forward to!

Tip no. 2

Stay connected with friends

Plan calls, video catch ups or quizzes to keep in contact with friends and loved ones. The pandemic has shifted us to new ways of communicating which could be beneficial going into the colder months and with restrictions on face-to-face contact.

Tip no. 3

Make plans

Having things to look forward to can help to break up the time between day-to-day life. Make plans such as catching up with friends, having a pampering day or a day just for you to do the things you enjoy.

Tip no. 4

Take up a new hobby

People tend to spend more time indoors over the winter months, which could be a great opportunity to try something new, learn a new skill or try a new hobby.

Tip no. 5

Look for opportunities to help out

Getting shopping for a neighbour, sharing some home baked goods or volunteering – the community spirit born out of need during the worst times of the pandemic shouldn’t have to stop now we are adjusting to a ‘new normal’. There could still be people in your neighbourhood who might appreciate some extra help going into winter. You might also need some help yourself, so reach out and don’t be afraid to ask for extra support.

Tip no. 6

Practice gratitude

Being thankful for the things we have rather than getting frustrated about the things we don’t have can help to shift the mind into a positive state. If you are having a bad day, think about 3 things you are grateful for to give your mood a switch into a positive state.

Tip no. 7

Eat well

During the colder months it can be tempting to reach for the comfort food which can lead to a cycle of comfort eating and habits that are difficult to break. Meal planning and preparing batches of food like soups, stews and roast vegetables can be a great way to eat well during the winter months.


Want some extra support? 

We have created some FREE digital self-care packs to support those looking for exrea support for their mental health. To find out more and download the packs, click here.