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Ten ways to beat the winter blues

Friday 29 January 2016

Short days and cold, wet weather can be hard to cope with, especially for those from parts of the world with a better climate (ie, most of the world!)  Winter in the UK can feel like it goes on forever, but already the days are getting longer and in just a few weeks the spring flowers will start to cheer up our parks and gardens.

In the meantime here are some ideas to help you through:

  1. Eat ‘feel-good’ foods – oily fish, nuts, green vegetables, bananas, sweet potatoes, avocados. Get together with a friend and cook a big hearty curry or stew, or whatever is your favourite dish! Find out how food effects your mental health here: mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/food-and-mood
  2. Get lots of rest – download a podcast to help improve your wellbeing and sleep: mentalhealth.org.uk/help-information/podcasts
  3. Get physical – go dancing, take a walk along the river, go for a swim and sauna, get moving and boost your mood! tinyurl.com/orx4f95
  4. Feel good by doing good, volunteer and improve your CV as an added bonus: qmsu.org/volunteering
  5. Do something different, start a new activity or join a society: qmsu.org/;
    timeout.com/london; meetup.com
  6. Get on top of your studies by finding out what academic support is available in the university – you might be surprised! qmul.ac.uk/studentlife/qmlearning/support-while-you-learn
  7. Go to the cinema – you can’t tell its dark outside and our local is listed in London’s top ten! timeout.com/london/cinema-listings
  8. A boxset is a great companion for those endless dark winter nights – stock up on DVDs and give yourself a great excuse to snuggle up and stay in!
  9. Whenever it’s dry, get outside at lunchtime and soak up some Vitamin D: walkeast.org
  10. Know when to seek help. Winter depression or seasonal affective disorder (SAD sada.org.uk) affects many people each year. If the blues won’t go away and you’re struggling to cope then see your GP or a QMUL counsellor: welfare.qmul.ac.uk
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