For many, winter brings mental health challenges that can affect our sleep. For instance, seasonal affective disorder, a form of depression that occurs in the winter months, affects an average of at least five per cent of adults in the United States.

 

By getting more creative about bringing more joy, gratitude and connection to our evenings we can see benefits to our mental health – and our sleep.

 

Mind your mental well-being

 

Microstep 1: Write down a list of what you’re grateful for before bed

Writing down what you’re grateful for at the end of the day will lower your stress levels and give you a greater sense of calm at night.

 

Microstep 2: Before you get into bed, escort your devices out of your bedroom

Disconnecting from the digital world will help you sleep better, deeply recharge and reconnect to your wisdom and creativity.

 

Microstep 3: Ask someone what they’re doing to take care of themselves and prioritise their sleep

Staying inside more often can make us feel further apart, not just physically but emotionally. Bridge the distance with this simple question – you might learn something or find you have something in common.

 

This is part three of our guide to winter sleep. Read part one and part two.

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