Christmas has been and gone in a blur, the credit card bills are slowly falling on your doormat and to add to it, the weather’s grey and dismal. It can be hard to see the positives in January but here are some simple ways to help which can boost your morale…

Get some daylight

With limited daylight hours during the winter, it’s important to get as much daylight as you can. Take a walk outside, draw open those curtains and make the most of the light. If you suffer from Seasonally Affective Disorder then a lightbox may help you.

Talk to a friend

Sometimes something as simple as picking up the phone to talk to a friendly voice is all you need to perk you up. If you don’t really want to talk to a friend about your concerns then don’t forget there are confidential services available via charities such as the Samaritans. You can call them on 116 123. The Leonardo Trust offers a free counselling service for unpaid carers in Dorset as well.

Exercise

Now you don’t necessarily have to sign up to a gym but taking some time out to increase your heart rate is good for both your physical and mental health. If money’s an issue then look at free opportunities such as local Parkruns (Moors Valley, Blandford, Weymouth and Bridport) or why not volunteer in some conservation work to not only help you keep fit but to give something back to the environment too? Organisations such as Natural Choices can help point you in the direction of some of these opportunities.

Do something new for you

Perhaps there’s always been something you’ve been meaning to try? Learning an instrument? Reading a particular book? Try and make some time for you and do something that’ll interest you. The Skills & Learning website has various adult community education programmes available across Dorset.

Eat well

Try and avoid the high sugar treats and opt instead for healthy, regular meals with plenty of fruit and vegetables. Live Well Dorset offer support on a number of things including weight loss, getting active and reducing your alcohol intake.

Ask for help

You are not alone. There are people that are willing to help and to listen to your concerns, particularly if you are a carer. If you are struggling with your caring role, we are on-hand to signpost you to services that could help you and your cared for. Give us a call during our opening hours on 0800 368 8349 or drop us an email to admin@carersupportdorset.co.uk. We can also talk to you about the Dorset Carers Card, a discount card that can save you money from various businesses around Dorset.