By Damilola Gbinigie

Mist and frost lingers in fields surrounding Glastonbury Tor as the winter sun begins to rise.

Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

The change of the clock has ensured that our precious day light hours have been encroached on and this will continue to be so for some weeks to come. This can be a daunting experience for some as they spend more time indoors and the ability to freely express themselves is snatched away. It is understandable that the shorter days and colder nights lures us into the temptation of an early night as people are less inclined to venture outdoors and soak up the environment.

This change in routine coupled with a reduction in daylight hours can have a profound effect on some resulting in Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) where they can become withdrawn from social activities, suffer mood swings, apathy and depression etc due to a stifling feeling.

We can all support each other by: – Staying in touch and checking up on family and friends. – Put pen to paper and write that poem, better still share it. – Exercising with friends.

Before long the daffodils will be nudging us awake as they raise their heads through the cold, crusty clay.

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https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/oct/23/how-do-i-deal-with-seasonal-affective-disorder https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/s/seasonal-affective-disorder-sad

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