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Hi everyone,

I hope you are all doing well. As a new member of the CCIS team it has been lovely to meet with the new members who have signed up over the last few weeks and current members who I have met since starting. I have learned so much from speaking to you and have gained so much respect for and understanding of the challenges you face on a day-to-day basis.

Please know it is normal for most people, even those in good health, to find winter a long and difficult time. For many it can mean feeling depressed, sleeping difficulties, including oversleeping, changes in appetite or weight and difficulty concentrating.

Frequently, we allow the weather or situations to impact on our mood so that we can forget to appreciate the good things in our lives or that we have another day to be alive. Like with anything, sometimes we need to change our way of thinking. Whether it is spring, summer, autumn, or winter, it helps if we can focus on the positive in each day that is given to us.

I read somewhere that there is a season for everything, and winter is the season for rest, relaxation, and reflection. Nature takes time off to prepare itself for the busy spring, summer, and autumn seasons so why shouldn’t we? Why don’t we use these darker, shorter days to rest our bodies and restore our minds? Try cooking some warm comfort food or even just have a cup of hot cocoa or tea during the evening, wrapped in a cosy blanket. Read a book, listen to your favourite music or binge some Netflix. Listen to your body and don’t feel guilty about taking a well-needed rest. Allow your body to heal before we get into the heat and bustle of summer.

All About Mindset. When we cannot change the situation, sometimes we can change how we react to it. It sounds easier than it is, but self-care and an attitude of gratitude can help us feel more positive when everything around us feels grey and difficult.

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