Winter Wellbeing 2021/22

Welcome to the Winter Wellbeing 2021/22 section of iThrive Edinburgh!

The winter months can take a toll on our mental health. To help you and those around you during this time, so we have pulled together some resources that can equip you with the tools and knowledge to boost your wellbeing this wintertime.

Keep an eye on our What’s on section for news and events across Edinburgh over the winter period.

Coorie in for Winter

The winter months can be a wonderful time of celebration and a time to connect with the people around us. However, they can also bring up some difficult emotions, and the change of season can have an impact on our wellbeing.

That’s why we’re focusing this booklet on the Scottish concept of ‘coorie’ as a way to help us look after our mental health and wellbeing this winter.

Coorie is all about comfort, snuggling, looking after yourself and others. It’s about embracing the benefits of the outdoors and being surrounded by nature.

This booklet focuses on the things we can all do to look after our mental health and wellbeing in our homes whilst also encouraging us to get outside and embrace the benefits of nature. It also includes a range of support and helpful contacts.

Download your own copy of Coorie in for Winter here:

Wellbeing tips from Health in Mind and iThrive

Your Winter Five Ways to Wellbeing

Keeping Well This Winter

Positive Steps to Wellbeing

Winter Journaling

Alan’s Sweet Potato Soup Recipe

10 Top Tips for Winter Wellbeing

Winter Mindfulness and relaxation ideas

My one thousand paper cranes

Loneliness and staying connected this winter

Mindful Drawing: how to draw a mandala

Writing to say hello this winter

Homemade body scrub

Having a digital Christmas

Useful pages on iThrive Edinburgh

Wellness Toolkit

Just like you have a first aid kit at home for injuries, you can have a wellness toolkit to help improve your wellbeing. You can have a look at the resources below on how to create your own wellness toolkit (some call it a self-soothe box/kit). We have also listed some suggested resources that can start you off while you build your own toolkit that works for you.

Physical activity

Physical activity and exercise can really boost your mental health and wellbeing. Studies have shown that exercising is a helpful way to reduce depression, stress and anxiety.


Creative activities have been proven to boost your mental health and wellbeing. By exploring the arts, whether that be taking part in, watching or experiencing, you can become more aware of your own feelings, learn from others and make positive changes in your life.

Practical support: food, money, housing and work

Some of us are experiencing worries about money, work, accessing food and housing which can impact our mental health and wellbeing. We have collected information, tools and links to local organisations that can give you practical support during this time.

Tips and information from other organisations

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