Keep mind and body well during winter lockdown


Returning to lockdown could be a real challenge for many people, especially with shorter winter days and a lack of sunlight.

Physical and mental health go hand-in-hand so it’s important to keep getting exercise even if gyms are closing and it’s dark by 5pm.

Enjoy the beauty of the world around us and go for a long walk or run during daylight hours if you can.

Just 10-15 minutes of fresh air can give you a change of scenery and help lighten your mood.

New guidelines also state you can meet one other person outside from a different household, so you could use it as an opportunity to connect with a friend.

The BBC has information about staying safe while exercising outdoors in winter.

If the weather is too bad to get outside, the NHS has a range of online fitness videos.

Also look out for local teachers offering services. Many North Somerset-based fitness instructors and yoga teachers offer online classes.

If you’re at home during this lockdown, you could also create a winter wellbeing checklist:

  • devise a daily schedule – a simple, achievable schedule could help you find better balance during the day
  • take time to activities you wouldn’t usually have the time for – a soak in the bath, burying your head in a good book, or watching a Netflix boxset
  • get creative – engage your mind and switch off from the pressure of the pandemic by drawing, writing or doing craft activities
  • keep a journal or diary to record your thoughts and feelings during this time. Interview your own family members and get their lives on paper.
  • the novelty of online zoom quizzes might have worn off by now but keep a connection with family and friends as much as possible. Share activities at the same time, such as film watch parties, listening to an album, or online games
  • use this time to write your Christmas cards or bake a Christmas cake
  • play lots of board games and get children to invent their own.

More wellbeing tips and links to useful resources are available on the council’s website.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing leaflet suggests five things you can do each day to improve your overall happiness and wellbeing:

  • connect
  • be active
  • take notice
  • learn
  • give.