I trust my blog finds you well. The clocks have changed and the glorious colours of Autumn are all around us. As we face another lockdown together we should try and take pleasure in the positive things around us and the good things we do have. If you are worried about the negative effect the lock down may have on your mental health or those close and important to you here are three things that may help.
- Try and exercise a bit each day, outside if possible and get some of that nice Autumn sunshine at the same time. Its important to be realistic and build up steadily.
- Keep a gratitude/positive diary, List three different things each day. For example what do you have? What’s been good, What did you enjoy, what has gone well. You can look back on these as a reminder / motivator for those days you need a boost.
- Keep in contact with friends, family and loved ones, make that call you have been meaning to make for a while. Interacting with each other is really important and helps us cope better.
Our young people are back to school/college and the nights are drawing in, its getting colder and it seems even harder this year having to cope with the ever changing world of Covid 19. If you are you feeling a little gloomier, you are not alone. During Autumn experts say that anxiety and depression can get worse.
Many people in the UK are thought to be affected by SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) (SAD) between the months of September and April, according to NHS figures, up to one in fifteen.
What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?
SAD is a type of depression that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern. The exact cause of SAD is not understood but it is often linked to the reduction in light during the winter months. It’s this lack of light that is thought to affect the part of the brain controlling sleep and energy. Symptoms of SAD can be low mood, lack of interest in daily to day activities, feeling irritable, tired and weary, sleeping for longer and finding it a struggle to get up in the morning, craving food (often the unhealthy options) and putting on weight.
Even for those not suffering from SAD Autumn and Winter can be a struggle and there is a few weeks yet until the next bank holiday over Christmas. Evidence shows that the sunshine really does help us feel better, people seem more able to cope when the sun is shining and we feel good.
What can help?
Try to change your lifestyle a little so that you are exposed to as much natural sunlight as you can. Exercising regularly can really help to improve your mood and reduce stress levels. Start off with a short walk perhaps it’s a start, take the first step, it can be a hard one but an important one and you can do it…go for it. Grab some sun when you can and enjoy a cuppa outdoors in the warm morning sun.
Special light boxes are available which can be used to simulate exposure to sunlight. Practicing mindfulness can help beat the winter blues. Talking therapies such as hypnotherapy are an affective treatment. If you think you may be suffering from poor metal health it’s always a good idea to consult your GP.
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Now is the time to get planned and organised for Christmas and start looking for gifts for those who are important to you.
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Psychoneuroimmunology or PNI for short !!
This training is part of my Advanced Hypnotherapy Diploma (Level 5) . I really enjoyed learning more about how our psychological, neural (brain) and immune processes interact to shape our health and behaviour. How the body and mind are connected and reflect each other, how we improve our health with positive thoughts, and how our psychological wellbeing affects our physical health? Its fascinating and so powerful and with hypnotherapy our techniques can help boost our immune system and hep with many conditions including CFS, ME and Fibromyalgia.
Celebrating 10 years Supporting Solutions this month.
AfSFH are the ONLY professional association dedicated to the discipline of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (SFH) and by being a member I am required to demonstrate to the public my high level of commitment and professionalism to my clients, my practice and also my own ongoing development.
I am proud to be a part of an organisation that is dedicated to promoting high standards in Hypnotherapy. Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a unique and effective therapeutic discipline in its own right and AfSFH are here to represent, support and educate everyone who is interested in this powerful approach that has helped countless numbers of people around the globe.
Enjoy those Autumn colours, if I can be of any help please do contact me.
” Sometimes you just have to take a deep breath,……….. relax and let things go.
Focus on what matters to you and who matters in your life.
The rest will work itself out.
Just take one step at a time”