With the cold weather and rainy days creeping in, the sun setting a lot earlier, preparing for a winter in lockdown is something we never thought we’d have to think about. Even so, the lockdown has worsened the mental health of 60% of adults and 68% of young people, according to a study by Mind UK. Prioritising your mental health has never been more important as it is right now. Lockdown blues and SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) or ‘winter depression’ can be very detrimental to your health and well-being. Reflecting World Mental Health Day last month on October 10th, it is important to take care of ourselves physically and mentally.
Research commissioned by The Weather Channel and YouGov shows that 29% of the UK population have suffered from some degree of SAD with women 50% more likely to self-report than men. This time of year can be very hard for you and your loved ones, and with the uncertain circumstances of COVID, it could be even harder.
Spend time with family and friends, pick up new hobbies, Zoom call those who aren’t with you and take time to yourself as well. Be kind, and check in on your family and friends. You are not alone.
Some helpful hotlines can be found here:
Samaritans: 116 123
Mind UK: 0300 123 3393
Anxiety UK: 03444 775774