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Tips to stay healthy and happy through the winter

As we reach month 9 of the covid-19 pandemic and the days have become shorter, many of us are struggling to maintain a balance both with our home life as well as our physical and mental well being. 

Many of us are now working from home, with an office perched on a kitchen table or with a laptop on the sofa and recent studies have shown signs that our mental health is not good, in fact we may be more stressed than before.

The good news is that there are many ways to cope and keep us happier while we're home. Here are a few tips to try.

1.Let in the outside light
Sunlight along with fresh air and access to nature is fundamentally good for your mental health. Sunlight triggers the brain to release serotonin which can help you feel calm, boost your mood and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.​

Sunlight serves as a great regulator of sleep and often we are in more control of this natural mood booster than we may think. Moving your workstation or desk near a window, pulling the curtain or blinds back fully and cleaning the window thoroughly can be game-changing. Using mirrors to bounce light around a room and painting a room white or a light colour can also help to reflect the light.

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