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(Published Dec 2015) Writen by Paul Fryer.
I know how I feel when the nights draw in. Dark at 4 in the afternoon. I feel sad.
But its not just me and it's not just feeling sad, there is a name for it and it's real seasonal affective disorder. Makes you feel low, depressed, lathargic. Really wanting the summer with the warm weather and sunshine. One could be forgiven for thinking that this is just winter blues but there is a real reason. Vitamin D and sunlight.
If you live in the northern hemisphere: the UK for example, these darker days may be making you feel something that is chemical as well as physical. Britain, in particular, has just experienced an “exceptionally dull” November, according to meteorologists at the University of Reading, who saw a woefully poor 18 hours of sunshine in the whole 30 days.
If you are concerned you may have what doctors call seasonal affective disorder, or a milder case of “winter blues”? In either case, what can you do about it?
Talk to us at JamesonKelly and talk to your GP. It's real it is not just feeling a bit sad!
This is an excellent article from the Telegraph on-line.
(Published May 2015) Written by Julie Kelly.
"You may have heard a lot about Mindfulness in the media recently. Perhaps you think it means sitting cross-legged on the floor and meditating. Maybe you think mindfulness means to simply concentrate on your breathing.
You may have even heard that mindfulness means to focus on your bodily sensations? Well mindfulness is all of those things, and so much more. It also links into the fundamentals of CBT and EMDR therapy.
To shed some light on what mindfulness is, how it can be used and why it’s so beneficial we have decided to focus on the theme of mindfulness for this brief article from Julie Kelly.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment, without getting stuck in the past or worrying about the future. Mindfulness can be practiced standing, sitting and walking.
It can be practiced both indoors and out; at home, in schools, at work or simply out and about. You can practice mindfulness for 5 minutes or 5 hours – that’s the great thing about mindfulness, you can tailor it to suit your own needs. What you may be surprised to hear is that you have probably been mindful at some point in your life and didn’t even know it. Have you gone for a long walk in the fresh air, looking atn the sky and the trees and then suddenly realised that several hours have passed? Have you listened so intently to a song that for a moment, you weren’t thinking about anything but how beautiful the tune and the lyrics were? That’s mindfulness!
How can mindfulness help me?
Contrary to popular belief, mindfulness isn’t about emptying your mind of thoughts and ‘zoning out’. It can mean different things to different people. At the heart of it, mindfulness helps people observe the way they think and feel about their experiences, whether good or bad. This can really change the way you manage and react to stressful situations, giving you a valuable tool to stay mentally healthy, and an ever-expanding body of evidence shows that it really works.
Mindfulness is already known to be successful in helping people with mental and physical health problems, from stress, depression and anxiety to chronic pain, eating disorders and concentration, boost our productivity at work, and give us a greater enjoyment of life."
If you would like to talk about this or any other issues & the therapy provided by JamesonKelly, please contact us in confidence.