With the festive season upon us, short days and dark nights, it is more important than ever to continue to look after ourselves both physically and mentally.

Heart Care Staying Well in WinterWho would have thought back in March when we first heard of coronavirus, that in December, we would still be wearing masks and keeping our distance from family and friends!  It is NORMAL to feel anxious about catching the virus or spreading it but you are not alone in feeling like this.

Here’s a reminder of how to look after yourselves and others.

  • Restrictions may have meant that we can’t meet up with people so remember to stay in touch, either by phone or social media. You could be cheering someone else up too! 

  • It’s well known that our physical health can affect our mental health so try and include
    some form of exercise in whatever way suits you. Perhaps a walk (weather permitting)
    or try some exercises at home. It can be difficult to motivate yourself so try setting
    small goals each day. Even housework is exercise!

  • Keep your mind active. Do something you enjoy, a hobby, reading, crosswords,
    puzzles or a good movie. Anything that makes you feel happy and relaxed.

  • Getting a good nights sleep makes a real difference to our mood. Create a good
    bedtime routine, wind down slowly. Make sure your room is comfortable, quiet and
    the right temperature.  If you struggle to switch off, try listening to some relaxing music or practice a breathing technique, breath in deeply and exhale fully. Do this a few times and see how relaxed you feel.

You can also find out more info about managing your mental health on the following links

NHS Nental Health and Wellbeing

Age UK Your Mind Matters

I’m writing this on the day the first coronavirus vaccine has been administered. There is light at the end of this tunnel! So remain positive, stay safe and we hope to see you all soon.

Carole Holder, Counsellor

Carole Holder Heart Care Counsellor