Keep Healthy and Get out in the Countryside this Winter

The cooler months are once again starting to set in – the kids are back to school, the leaves are starting to turn and it will soon be time to start thinking of carving pumpkins and lighting fireworks before the countdown to Christmas begins.

Low sun over the British countryside in the winter | Carbon Brief

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After what has been one of the most challenging and difficult years for many people, trying to find peace of mind and relaxation is important, especially as the days grow shorter and colder. Getting out and about is important for the mind and the body, and now is the time to visit Shamrockgift for your aran sweaters and start making plans to get out and about in the great outdoors.

Heading out and about at this time of year is particularly important – illnesses such as depression and SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) are much more common at this time of the year, as the lower light levels and lack of sunshine in general can have a huge impact on our minds and bodies.

Walking and being out of doors is a good way to keep physical activity levels up, which also produces feel good hormones called endorphins. This is vital and helps to keep general energy levels up as well.

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As well as this, the countryside and nature is known to have a calming affect on the mind, and walking regularly in peaceful surroundings can help lower stress levels and is also good for people who suffer from anxiety.

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