How can the cold winter months impact our mental wellbeing?

So we’ve done Christmas, where often the colder weather is more easily managed due to festive cheer and spending time with loved ones. But, we still face a grim couple of months ahead (please no longer) of short days, low temperatures and lots of grey days.

This can make a lot of people feel mentally and physically drained and it is estimated that Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) impacts 4-6% of people. Symptoms include lethargy, low mood, irritability, poor motivation and a difficulty concentrating. We can probably all relate to some of those symptoms.

This article looks at ways we can help ourselves through the winter months to maintain a positive mental wellbeing.