5 tips for overcoming the winter blues

In this blog, Fe looks at the post-Christmas blues and how you can support yourself through them

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It’s a time of year where many people suffer with a flatness, or low mood. Lack of light, cold, wet...it’s really no wonder. Add to that the current restrictions on movement and socialising and you have a perfect storm emotionally. Here are a few ideas for managing your mood through the coming winter months.
  • Recognise your body's natural rhythms and how it is responding to the time of year. We are not designed to have the same activity levels all year round, listen to what it's telling you and make adjustments to work with it, not over-ride it
  • Renew yourself with getting out in nature, be it by water, trees, the beach, open landscapes. Dressed appropriately, any weather can be rejuvenating. Make the most of the light by going out at lunchtime if you are working throughout daylight hours
  • Stay mobile and look after your body. Sitting inactively is not going to help your state of mind, and it can make your body seize up and get more easily injured when you do move more
  • Notice this winter period is one of stripping back and laying bare, and parallel this psychologically by exploring your deeper feelings and thoughts. What is being revealed in this time of less activity, less light, and less distraction? Journal, draw, talk...seek therapy if it helps
  • Savour what you appreciate, perhaps by daily taking a few minutes to notice what's standing out for you right now, and what you are thankful for

Fe Robinson, Psychotherapist

Hi. I'm Fe, and I'm here to help you thrive, whatever life brings. I believe every client is unique, I work with you to help you explore, discover and grow in whatever ways are right for you. I work with a wide range of clients, both long and short term. I offer Psychotherapy, EMDR therapy and Couples Counselling to UK clients online and in Gainford, Co.Durham in North-East England. I am UKCP Accredited and an EMDR Europe Practitioner, and offer Clinical Supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists online and in person. Following a career in Organisation Development I became a therapist because it's my heart work. Before having my family and starting my private practice I worked in the NHS and mental health charities.