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Ways to keep your spirits up

Winter can be a tough time. Shorter days and bad weather can make it much more difficult to get out and about – and you might find your mood is lower, too. Here are some tips to help you cope.

Stay connected

You might be choosing to meet up in person less often this winter – but a phone call or video call with a loved one 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 important to stay connected.

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

Lots of people find a daily routine helpful. 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 do things like get up, have a cup of tea or prepare food, 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. Is there an old hobby you used to enjoy that you could pick up again? Are there any books you've been meaning to read or films that have caught your eye?

If you're not feeling very motivated to do things, you aren’t alone. You might find that you start to enjoy things more as you get more into the habit of doing them. But if you've been feeling low for some time then it's 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've been feeling low for a while, you might like to take a look at our guide 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

We offer support through our free advice line on 0800 678 1602. Lines are open 8am-7pm, 365 days a year. We also have specialist advisers at over 125 local Age UKs.

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

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Last updated: Apr 06 2022

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