The weather in the North West has been wonderful – positively Mediterranean! I’ve really noticed the difference it has made – sunshine makes the world seem so much brighter. More importantly it brings everyone outdoors and creates a far more social environment. You can really see why connectivity is so important for our mental wellbeing. Casual conversations are so much easier when we have great British weather to talk about. It creates a sense of community. My work as a stress management coach focuses on the importance of creating connections and good communication in the workplace and it has been great to see this play out in the wider community because of the sunshine. I’ve had more casual conversations in the last few weeks of glorious sunshine than I had all winter in the depths of that freezing wet weather. Long may it last!