Being cold this Winter could impact on your mental health

Being cold this winter could impact on your mental health

The excessive cost of gas and electricity in the UK will result in many people not being able to afford to keep their homes warm this winter. But cutting back on heating to save money can have a significant impact on your mental health and overall wellbeing.

Studies have shown the cold, dark winter nights can have a negative effect on your mental health. People tend to stay indoors in the coldest weather and become less social by detaching themselves from social life. This is known as “hibernation mode” and in severe cases, can lead to depression and other forms of mental health issues.

Winter days are shorter and have less sunshine. This results in our bodies producing less serotonin (our body’s natural chemical associated with happiness) and more melatonin (the chemical associated with depression and sleepiness).

When it’s cold and miserable outside, the weather can also affect other things such as memory and creativity.

It is so important to be mindful of how the cold and winter weather can affect your mental health and be prepared for it. Try to keep in touch with friends and family, even if it is from a distance. Daily exercise is also good for your overall wellbeing, as is eating a healthy diet.

Keeping yourself warm this winter will help your mental health. Consider wearing warmer clothes and focus on the things you do have control over, take care of yourself, and remember that the dark, cold winter days will soon give way to Spring.

If you find yourself struggling with your mental health or just want to speak to a friendly voice, there is always someone who wants to listen. Speaking to friends and family can help your mental health. There are also charities such as the Samaritans who are always there for you twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year. You can call the Samaritans for free anytime on 116 123.

Stay Warm. Stay connected. And look after yourself this winter.