SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder

Winter Wellness Advice for Those with Seasonal Affective Disorder Photo by Osman Rana on Unsplash What is Seasonal Affective Disorder? Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a type of depression that comes and goes with the changing of the seasons. The majority of people with SAD feel it during the winter when the days are shorter and sunlight is scarce. Rates of SAD tend to go up in northern areas where winter is more severe and the days stay darker for longer. Signs that someone is experiencing winter depression include changes in appetite, weight gain, drop in energy level, fatigue,...

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Privacy policy update

You may have recently been inundated with emails from all kinds of companies asking for you to stay in touch. It is pretty baffling to most as to why this new GDPR data protection is causing such a fuss, with companies scrambling to keep you on their mailing list. It comes into effect on the 25th May 2018 and it is an updated version of the data protection act of the 90’s. I have recently updated my privacy policy which can be found here: Privacy Policy¬†(just click the link) Its really rather boring if you have the will to read it, but I am required to provide it. Here’s to your...

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Why do thoughts make us anxious?

Do thoughts make us anxious? Well, not all thoughts of course! There is such a thing as positive worry, which is the polar opposite to the worry we all know, which is negative worry. Negative worry is using thoughts and images to predict the future. This could be something that you feel is imminent, or something ominous further into the future. These predictions, or assumptions, can lead us to feel very anxious as the brain senses the information as threatening. Once threat is established the brain will issue the fight or flight response. This response readies us for a fight or an escape....

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Stoptober quit smoking the easy way

It is that time of year again, the encouragement to stop smoking hits a high in the month of October. The aptly titled Stoptober urges us to give up smoking for 31 days. There is a reason for this and that is, if we can quit smoking for a number of weeks, then you have pretty much become an ex-smoker! It doesn’t take long for the mind to form new habits, of which smoking is one. When we persevered with smoking in the beginning, the body and mind learned that you were now a smoker! The unconscious part for your brain doesn’t really know right from wrong and so it continued for...

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self hypnosis a simple technique

A simple Self Hypnosis induction technique         Self hypnosis is something we tend to lapse into on a regular basis without even realising it. If you drive a car, you will know this feeling as suddenly coming back to the real world having been somewhere else completely different in your mind. You just drifted off somewhere, and although you may feel that you were completely oblivious to the world, you were still in control! In self hypnosis, you are always in control. It is merely an altered state of awareness. Some people experience this whilst reading a book or...

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