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Four ways to boost your winter mood

Story added 15th Dec 2016


If your mood tends to turn as chilly and dark as the weather when the winter days set in, you’ll know how important it is to look after yourself. That’s not always easy, especially if you suffer from the ‘winter blues’.

Those blue moods can be triggered by the lack of light during the winter months. If you’re feeling low then this can bring up feelings of tiredness, lethargy and sometimes despair, especially during December, January and February – when the lighter nights seem so far away.

Yet there are several things you can do to boost your winter mood. Here we share four ways to help you beat the winter blues. 

Keep active

Tempting though it may be to curl up under the duvet and shut the world out, it’s far healthier for your mind, body and spirit to stay active. Arrange to meet the special people in your life to keep you socially connected. On a physical level, you don’t have to commit to running a marathon, but a brisk walk in the fresh air can keep you grounded. Taking some time outside to be in daylight can also balance out the dark nights. Even gentle exercise can help; try one of our Fitness and Relaxation courses.

Eat well

Look after yourself from the inside out. Listen to how your body is feeling and feed it what it needs. Don’t succumb to the lure of junk food just because it is quick and easy. Take the time to cook something healthy and filling that balances the comfort of carbohydrates with the vitamins of fruit and veg. Learn how to improve your health and energy levels through diet on one of our nutrition courses

Find a project

As human beings, we are programmed for growth. In the winter it can feel as though we stop growing – and we can sometimes lose meaning and purpose. If you recognise these feelings then it could be time to find a new project. This could be a creative project – perhaps knitting, crochet, painting, writing, singing, dancing or learning a new language. City Lit has bundles of creative courses to inspire you.

Talk to someone

If you really do feel as though you’re struggling through the winter months, you don’t have to do it alone. Talking to someone can help you work through your thoughts and feelings, and help you identify ways to feel better. City Lit has a counselling service available to students enrolled on courses. Counselling is available on a short-term basis for six sessions, and can support you to scale the hurdles in your life. To get in touch with the City Lit Counselling Service, you can call 020 7492 2539 or email You can also come to the drop-in session on Fridays between 1.30pm and 3.30pm in room 400.