Getting outdoors and undertaking exercises like cycling, walking or jogging, can be as effective but if running in winter isn’t for you, activities such as Zumba, dance classes and even trapeze classes have been shown to have many positive benefits for people’s mental health. We have a number of ways to get outdoors and activities – everything from volunteering to support the environment to taking part in challenge events.
Set a realistic resolution
Setting goals can be a helpful way to provide structure in your life and to show the progress you have made, but they need to be manageable and achievable.
Getting creative can help you to switch off from day-to-day pressures and turn negative thoughts or feelings into something positive, Local colleges offer a range of adult learning classes focussing on activities such as jewellery making or art – taking part in such courses can help you to feel more confident, motivated to be active and generally happier.
Christmas is a time for indulging, but eating lots of foods high in fat and carbohydrate can your body – everything from blood sugar levels, energy levels, and hormones to anxiety levels. A new year can motivate you to take up a healthier, better balanced diet, just as important for your mental health as your physical health. Try to include lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as fatty oils such as omega-3 and 6, and try to avoid stimulants such as sugar, caffeine and alcohol.
Make the most of natural light
Short January days and poor weather reduces the amount of day light and Vitamin D we get, all of which can affect us mentally and physically. Try to take regular breaks and go for a short walk at lunchtime.
Change your environment
Changing something in your own environment can help with motivation and mindset. For example, re-painting your walls to a lighter colour or using one-way blinds which let the maximum amount of light. Even the little things can help you feel productive and lift your mood.