Updated: Feb 23
We just wanted to take a few moments to ask how you are?
Wellbeing is at the heart of Langtree's ethics as we strongly believe that everyone should take time for self care. The winter months, with their shorter daylight hours can be lonely for some, new year tends to be a time for reflection which can be hard and we often find it hard to muster the energy to motivate ourselves.
1: Be kind to yourself
Many people set unrealistic New Year resolutions and then feel a sense of deflation and failure when they can’t keep them. Remember to slow down and make some time for yourself. This could be taking a walk in the woods, potting up some cyclamen in the garden or losing yourself in a book.
One of my favourite ways to be present and relax, is to enjoy a candle lit bath. Check out seasonally scented ethical candles and soap sets here.
2: Get enough sleep Are you finding it hard to get to sleep? Poor sleep can have a negative impact on your mental health and lead to you feeling irritable, anxious and worried.
- Stick to a routine. Aim for 8 hours sleep and be consistent with the same hours of sleep each night.
- If you struggle to get to sleep or awake during the night it's often best to get out of bed and do something rather than toss and turn for hours worrying about the hours of sleep you are losing.
- Create a comfortable environment for sleep. Remove any distractions. Ideally a bedroom should be devoid of busy patterns in the decor and be clutter free. It should be dark, quiet and cool.
- Be mindful of what you eat. Try not to go to bed feeling over full or hungry. Obviously avoid stimulants from mid/late afternoon such as caffeine, nicotine and alcohol.
- Physical activity during the day can promote better sleep. Avoid being active too close to bedtime, however. Spending time outside every day might be helpful, too.
- If you start to think about work or concerns at bedtime, write them down so that you are more likely to feel that you are able to cope with them the next day.
- Wind down before bed. Avoid looking at blue light emitting screens before bedtime. A gentle activity such as meditation or reading. One of my favourite ways to be present and relax, is to enjoy a candle lit bath. Get your seasonally scented ethical candles and soap sets from our website www.langtreebotanics.com
3. Eat properly Are you eating well this winter? What we put in our bodies can make a huge difference to our mood. When feeling down, you’re more likely to eat poorly, and either eat too much or too little. Having a varied, balanced diet can work wonders to improve your mood. Eating a variety of fresh vegetables every day will keep your body and mind in tip top condition. Sign up to our website to receive seasonal plant-based recipes.
4. Get lost in a good book Research shows that regular reading:
- improves brain connectivity
- increases your vocabulary and comprehension
- empowers you to empathize with other people
- aids in sleep readiness
- reduces stress
- lowers blood pressure and heart rate
- fights depression symptoms
- prevents cognitive decline as you age
- contributes to a longer life
Reading for pleasure is a great way to take your mind off how you’re feeling. Your local library also has a range of Reading Well for mental health books, which provide helpful information and support for managing common mental health conditions. For more information please visit : https://reading-well.org.uk/wales
5. Identify your worries
What’s been on your mind lately?
Try and identify what it is that is making you feel anxious or sad. Remember, there is nothing wrong with asking for help. Sharing how you are feeling with family, friends or somebody you trust can often be the first step towards making things better. MIND (national mental health charity) https://www.mind.org.uk/ may be able to help if you require further assistance. 6. Learn something new Do something new. Sign up for that course. Take on a new responsibility. Fix a bike. Learn a new recipe or how to play an instrument. Set a goal. Learning something new can be fun, make you feel good and build your confidence.
If you are particularly struggling we recommend visiting Mind's website for professional assistance www.mind.org.uk