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  • 0 Happy New Year!

    • by Fiona
    • 31-12-2021
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    Happy New Year from all of us at Butterfly Counselling Services   2021 may have brought some people challenges which may have affected their mental health and well-being. Through these challenges, new opportunities, personal growth and resilience will have been made.  2022 is the time to take care of ourselves and others. Let us begin to live in the moment and find joy in the little things, for examples, making a cup of tea, giggling with friends or a child's laughter. Remember: 'Embrace each challenge in your life as an opportunity for self-transformation'                                                                   By                                                            Bernie Siegel    

  • 0 Seasonal Affective Disorder

    • by Fiona
    • 29-12-2021
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    Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)  29 December 2021 – Butterfly Counselling Services    Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression which is affected by seasonal changes. It normally happens at the same time of the year and can continue throughout the winter months.  Symptoms include low energy, sleep disturbance, appetite issues, hopelessness, sadness, isolation and loneliness.  To help with SAD:  *Open the curtains and blinds and sit near windows with bright sunlight at your home and office.  *Go for walks in the open air and where there is sunlight.  *Light therapy may help as it produces a very bright light for 30-45 minutes per day. This is best used in the mornings and can improve mood throughout the winter.  *Talking therapy can help you identify negative thought patterns and behaviours that may increase avoidance behaviour.  *Build in physical activities which will help your brain produce endorphins, which will improve your mood and relieve stress and anxiety.  *Sleep – begin a routine for going to bed and awakening in the morning. Try to not oversleep or nap during the day.  *Medication if symptoms of SAD become severe, it is important that you contact your GP.   If you need counselling support, contact us at info@butterfly-counselling.co.uk