It is really common to experience a bit of an emotional funk at times. A flat mood, where we may be a bit listless or sad, or feel a bit underwhelmed by life, or feel stuck in a situation that we don’t like. Many people tell me they are more prone to this funk in the winter months. Often what they are describing is not a diagnosable mental health condition, such as Seasonal Affective Disorder, but more a state of feeling unmotivated and out of sorts, tied to the winter months.
Weather or not?
I remember when I first moved to London many years ago, I was living with a Doctor and after a few weeks she commented that I hadn’t done much sightseeing yet. I told her I was waiting for the weather to improve. It was late January and bitterly cold, with plenty of rain. I remember she laughed at me and told me that if I was waiting for better weather then I would be waiting a long time. She said that I should dress for the weather and get out and enjoy it.
One of the things I notice here in Australia, especially in the southern areas, is that we are a bit more prone to living to the season. We tend to recreate, exercise and socialise more in the warmer months, and hibernate a little in the winter months. If this is you, and you notice that it does have a negative impact on your mood, then approach this winter with a new plan.
Maintain your exercise, self-care, and socialising habits. You may need to move activities indoors, or get better prepared with all-weather equipment, But don’t hibernate. There is so much evidence that we can positively improve our own mental health and wellbeing.
Develop a plan to look after yourself proactively this winter:
By Tasha Broomhall