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Winter weather. Seasonal affected disorder. The ongoing effects of a global pandemic. Phew! With so much going on in the world, it’s no wonder many of us are struggling to feel like ourselves this time of year. But fear not – we’ve put together a few simple and effective ways to protect your mental health and wellbeing as the weather gets colder. Read on to find out more.

 

Vitamin D

Do the darker evenings seem to be having a detrimental effect on your mood and mental health? This may be due to a lack of vitamin D in our systems caused by a lack of sunlight. Although the sun my not be shining, there are things we can do to help, even during bad weather and cold days. Firstly, ensure your vitamin D levels don’t slip by taking supplements alongside a balanced diet. Secondly, consider investing in a SAD lamp or light box. These use simple light therapy, producing very bright lights that mimic sunlight. When used throughout Winter months they’re known to improve sleep and enhance mood.

CBD

CBD (cannabidiol) is used by people all over the world — of many ages — to help ease pain and discomfort associated with all sorts of issues including joint pain, chronic pain management, and even anxiety and depression. It can be taken in all sorts of forms including oils, capsules, and edibles. Remember: it’s always necessary to talk with a doctor before introducing any new oils or supplements into your system like CBD.

 

Pet Therapy

Pet therapy or animal-assisted therapy is a guided interaction between a person and a trained animal. The purpose is to help someone recover from or cope with health problems or a mental disorder. Over a prolonged period of time pet therapy can decrease loneliness, help reduce blood pressure and improve overall cardiovascular health. It can even help to release endorphins that produce a calming effect, reducing stress and improving a person’s mental health.
Whether you’re a dog or a cat person, we all know the joys of being around animals. On a casual level, even just spending quality time with your own or a loved one’s pet can improve our mood and wellbeing, and stats prove that the companionship a pet offers is a great way to reduce anxiety and stress.

 

Mental health and money tool kit

Sometimes practical things in our lives like debt and finances can weigh heavy on our minds and impact our mental health negatively. The Mental Health and Money Toolkit is a resource to help people understand, manage and improve their mental and financial health using planning tools and free online resources.

 

If you know someone who’s mental health would benefit from the independence and peace of mind a stairlift brings, get in touch with our friendly team of experts at Halton Stairlifts. Call 0800 644 7766 to find out more about our full range of curved and straight stairlifts, or to arrange your free home assessment today.