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Don't let winter rain on your parade!

Created Wednesday, 24 May 2017 in News

The change in weather doesn’t have to negatively affect our mental health, there are many great ways to stay active, belong and commit throughout winter!

It’s that time of year again where the daylight gets shorter, the weather cools down and our lakes and dams start to fill up again. For some people, this time of year is particularly difficult as the change of season can lead to a decrease in physical activity and leave people feeling unhappy and isolated from friends and family.

However, we recommend a few simple steps to boost your mental well-being!

Act: Get cosy and start reading a new book, drink warm tea to curb those extra food cravings, rug up and enjoy the fresh air on walks or develop an exercise routine in your home, experiment with a new winter recipe, invite a friend over for a chat

Belong: Organise a movie night in with your friends or family, plan a picnic on a sunny winter’s day, start or join a book club, attend performances and quiz nights or join a choir

Commit: Donate winter clothes to an Op Shop, volunteer at a soup kitchen, donate old towels and rugs to a local animal shelter or start a new online course

These activities don’t rely on the summer weather; they are low cost or free and can help keep you mentally healthy this winter!

For further ideas on how to keep mentally healthy during the colder months browse the activities listed on the Act-Belong-Commit website, or call (08) 9266 4648 for more information.

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