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It's not unusual to feel a bit blue in the winter months. When the weather's miserable and the evenings are darker, it can be harder to get out and about and do the things you enjoy.


We asked people from ages 65 to 95 what helps them beat the winter blues. Why not give their suggestions a go?

 

Do something you enjoy every day

 

 "If I'm feeling depressed, I say 'right, what am I going to do?' I get a good book or see a friend."

  • Settle in with a favourite book or audio book.
  • Do a puzzle in the paper or online.
  • Learn how to Get Online
  • Try your hand at Writing
  • Pick up a bit of Knitting 
  • Tune into an afternoon radio play.

 

Having a hobby, whatever form it takes, is important. And while for many they provide a nice way to spend spare time and an opportunity to interact with friends over a shared pursuit, for those with less social contacts it can give life purpose. 


Have a natter

A regular chat with a friend can make a huge difference to how we feel. We can share stories, catch up on the latest news and even have a bit of a moan when we need it! We can help you to stay connected online through email, social media and video calls to your friends and families.

 

If you'd like to make a new friend, Age UK Isle of Wight may be able to help.

Find out about out Good Neighbour Scheme, offering telephone and face to face befriending.

If you are feeling lonely, know that you are not alone and there are things you can do. Read our advice and take the first step in combatting loneliness.


Keep moving

 

"I love to dance, sometimes just to the music on TV – even if it is just a leg tapping. It helps you stay positive."

Being active – even just a little bit – is proven to help give you 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. 

 

Regular activity can lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, some cancers, depression and dementia.

Moving more helps your thinking skills – like problem-solving, decision-making and remembering facts and words.

Being active can lessen aches and pains, help you stay steady on your feet and boost your mood.


Don’t ignore your feelings 

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.
 
 

"Between January and March, for the first time ever I found it quite depressing – the short days, the grey weather – it was the first time I ever noticed."

Share how you’re feeling with a friend or your doctor, There’s no shame in admitting you need a little more support.