Beat those Winter Blues

Are you finding the gloomy days and cold nights are getting you down? I’ve come up with some blue-busting winter warmers to drag you out of the doldrums:


There. I said it. It’s essential. Yes, I can hear you moan! Nothing warms the body up and produces happy brain chemicals like moving. It doesn’t have to be a marathon, a gentle stroll can do it. Christchurch City Council’s Sport and Recreation page has walks, fitness centres, bike, beaches and boating, activities, leisure clubs for older adults pages full of info and contacts.

Find a local club in CINCH or simply walk the dog, dance around the house to some cheerful tunes or get exercising with friends.

Get out of the house

Now this is a simple one. Withdrawing from day to day social contact with your fellow humans can have a negative effect on your mood. Yes, it’s cold out but there are warm places to go such as your local library! Ensure that you socialise with your friends and family regularly or find a social group on CINCH.

Brighten up your house

Let more light in by opening curtains and trimming trees. Ensure your body gets light by sitting by the window. Less light in winter can affect your mood.

Help others

Volunteer your time. Helping others is great for our own mental health. It gets you out of the house, socialising and you may even get some exercise too.

I just can’t do it!

Is depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress stopping you from having a positive outlook and fulfilling life? Visit your doctor/counsellor and these organisations to get help getting your life back.

More resources from our catalogue

Still feeling shaky?

A year after the beginning of the big earthquakes in Canterbury, many of us are still suffering the effects on our well being. There have been positive outcomes such as a stronger community bond, but also adverse reactions.  Some of us still have housing, employment and family issues to contend with. All the while our media is showing us the ever-growing empty sections of our city’s heart.  Islay McLeod’s recent article in The Press describes her reaction of gut-wrenching sadness and despair.

There are many professional and community groups offering help. Search Community INformation CHristchurch (CINCH) website for counselling, stress, insomnia etc. Canterbury Health Info has a page dedicated to earthquake stress,  common responses and coping mechanisms.

We have resources in our libraries for post traumatic stress syndrome, anxiety, insomnia. Through the library’s website  (using your library card number and PIN) you also have access to Health and Wellness Resource Centre. Key features of this database are:

  • Quick links to hot topics and top searched conditions;
  • Over 3,000 top medical journals and general interest publications with the majority in full text;
  • Medical newspapers, newsletters and news feeds;

Sometimes involving ourselves in a sporting or relaxing activity can help with stress and enable a good nights sleep. Running, yoga, meditation and  short breaks away all help.  Don’t forget you can always chat to your doctor about any concerns.