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Mental health trust issues advice for staying well over the Christmas period

PUBLISHED: 16:26 18 December 2017 | UPDATED: 16:26 18 December 2017

People from across Norfolk and Suffolk are being urged to follow some simple steps such as keeping warm, eating well and talking to friends and family, to help them beat the blues this winter.

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) is issuing the advice in preparation for the Christmas period, when people can feel down or have a low mood. Top tips include getting out and about and enjoying as much natural daylight as possible, and taking exercise to keep energy levels up, which can have a positive impact on emotions.

In addition, experts at NSFT are also urging anyone who needs extra support to manage stress, anxiety or depression to get in touch with its Wellbeing services. A wide range of help is available, including workshops and classes, telephone support, group therapies and 1:1 talking therapies.

Nesta Reeve, consultant clinical psychologist with NSFT and clinical lead for the Wellbeing Service, said: “It is common for people to feel low during the winter months, but there are things that everyone can do to help themselves.

“This includes staying active and taking a daily walk or some other exercise, getting outside into the fresh air and eating a healthy, balanced diet. People should also make time to socialise with friends and family or look into taking up a new hobby.

“There is also a wide variety of help available for anyone who feels they need extra support to manage their feelings from our Wellbeing services. Anyone aged 16 or above in Norfolk, and people of all ages in Suffolk, can access support to boost their wellbeing and help them cope with stress, anxiety and depression.

“Anyone who feels they need urgent help should get in touch with their GP.”

NSFT is issuing the following advice to people:

• Keep active – take a walk in the middle of the day, when there is most light;

• Get outdoors – make the most of the brightest times of day to get some fresh air;

• Keep warm – wear warm clothes and keep warm with hot drinks and food;

• Eat healthily – a balanced diet with boost your mood and give you more energy;

• Start a new hobby – keep your mind active and give yourself something to concentrate on;

• Socialise with friends and family ;

• Talk to other people – get in touch with our Wellbeing services, which offer lots of options for people to improve their mood.

Wellbeing Norfolk and Waveney and Wellbeing Suffolk provide a range of support for people with common mental health and emotional issues, such as low mood, depression or stress.

People aged 16 and over can access the service by self-referring via www.wellbeingnands.co.uk or calling 0300 123 1503.

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