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Banish the winter blues

Posted on 14 January 2022

Short, dark days getting you down?

Banish the winter blues

This time of year can be difficult at the best of times, not least during a pandemic. The NHS estimates that the winter blues, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD), affects around two million people in the UK - so you’re not alone.

Tips for beating winter depression

1. Get some daylight

It’s thought that the winter blues can be caused by your body’s reaction to a lack of daylight - so go outside, especially at midday when light levels are at their highest, and sit by a window when you’re indoors. Explore campus - visit campus landmarks, view art on campus, walk or cycle the solar system, check out the campus tree trail and record wildlife sightings on campus

2. Get up and about

Exercise has been shown to improve mood so now is the time to take up a new sport or activity - or consider walking instead of taking the bus. Find YUSU clubs and societies you could join, see what student events are on and meet new people through Student Connect

3. Get warm

Being cold can make you depressed. Wear warm clothes, eat hot food and drink that coffee!

4. Eat healthily

What you eat affects your mood. Try to resist sugary cravings and include more fruit and veg in your diet. You could also take vitamin D supplements.

5. Talk to someone

If you’re struggling, ask for help. See our help and support page for the wide range of people you can contact, including your college support team. If you find your low mood affects your ability to live a normal life, contact your GP.

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