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Looking after yourself this winter

Let’s face it, this time of year can be a bit dismal. And this year, with stricter coronavirus measures in place, it’s likely to seem even more gloomy. But remember, with the vaccination program already under way, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. And as we get closer to that light, here are some simple ways you can look after yourself and your family and get through this difficult time.

Often parents find that looking after themselves is the last thing on their list – the most important thing is the children, right? But you can’t pour from an empty glass, and if you’re feeling tired and low, it’s hard to be strong and supportive for anyone else. So don’t think of carving out a bit of “me time” as a selfish thing to do – it’s an important part of caring for your kids.

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Be kind to yourself: feeling low or unhappy is nothing to be embarrassed about. So don’t feel as if you have to “pull yourself together” or “soldier on”. Instead, talk to someone you trust about how you feel. This could be your partner, a friend or your GP. Or you may find it easier to call a helpline like NHS24 (111), Breathing Space (0800 83 85 87) or the Samaritans (116 123) or text Shout’s 24/7 crisis text service on 85258.

NHS Inform has advice on different aspects of your emotional health, like dealing with low moods, anger, fear and stress. You can also find mental health advice for parentsnew mums and parents to be here on Parent Club.