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Ways to keep your spirits up

This winter things may be particularly tough. With time spent away from loved ones and lots of uncertainty about the future, it may be especially difficult to keep our spirits up. 

Here are some tips to help you cope and get through this difficult time.

Lockdown and your mental health

With stricter lockdown measures in place, it's more important than ever to look after yourself mentally. It can be a particularly challenging time, but the suggestions and expert insight on this page can help you cope when things get difficult.


Stay connected

It may be we can't meet up with people in person at times this winter, but a phone call or a video call with those we care about most can make a huge difference to how we feel. 

Whether it's just picking up the phone when you fancy a chat, or making it a regular part of your routine, it's so important to stay connected this winter. 

Not sure how to make a video call? We have some information that can help you get to grips with it. 

Feeling lonely this winter?

If you're feeling lonely or just want someone else to chat to, we're here for you. 

Our friendship service can help you stay connected with a friendly, weekly chat. 

Find out more about our friendship services


Keep moving and eat well

Being active – even just a little bit – is proven to help give you a boost. A quick walk down the street, dance around the kitchen or satisfying stretch in bed or a chair are all good pick-me-ups. Our being active section can help you find an activity that suits you. 

And keep an eye on your appetite. If you are finding it difficult to cook and manage big meals, try eating what you fancy little and often. Something, even if not the healthiest treat, is better than nothing. 

If we move more and eat well we can help to reduce falls and maintain mobility. Do what you can, and if you are concerned, speak to your GP. 

Find out more about the Malnutrition Task Force


Do something you enjoy every day

Having a daily routine can be really helpful, especially in uncertain times. It gives our minds some certainty and can help us build up good habits.

You don’t have to map out whole days – just having regular times to get up and go to bed, eat, and a small task to do each day can make all the difference.

It's important to include things you enjoy in your day and make them part of your routine. While things have changed a lot this year, and you may not be able to get out and do the things you used to love, there are still things you can do. 

Is there an old hobby you used to enjoy that you could pick up again? Are there any books you have been meaning to read or films which have caught your eye?

You can find ideas for ways to keep busy at home during the pandemic here

We know many people are finding it difficult to enjoy things they used to do. If you feel less motivated to do things, you aren’t alone.

You may find pleasure and motivation starts creeping back with a little time. But if you have been feeling low for some time then it is a good idea to speak to your GP about how you’re feeling.


Reach out when things are tough

With everything going on and the changes to day-to-day life many of us may feel anxious and worried. Everything can feel a little overwhelming. It's natural to feel this way. 

If you’ve been feeling down for a while and it’s stopping you from doing the things that matter, making you feel listless or like you don’t have any energy, you don’t have to suffer in silence.

Talk to friends or family, and if things have been this way for a while or are starting to worry yourself or those around you, speak to your GP. Healthcare services are still here for you, and it’s important to get support when you need it.

If you have been feeling low for a while have a look at our Your Mind Matters.

If you're concerned about someone's health or safety, call 111 for health advice, or in an emergency call 999 (112 from a mobile).

We're here to help

You can order printed copies of any of our guides and factsheets by calling our advice line on 0800 678 1602. Lines are open 8am-7pm, 365 days a year. We also offer support and specialist advice through the advice line and at over 130 local Age UKs.

The development of this informational webpage and video was supported by an educational grant from Seqirus.

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Last updated: Nov 23 2020

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