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Dealing with the winter blues

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It has been very cold pretty much all over the UK. We were lucky enough to get some snow last week. It was white and beautiful last week Wednesday and the kids loved it. The enjoyed walking to school in the snow and they even had the opportunity to build a snowman! There is still snow in the forecast, so we are expecting some more in the next few days. I am sort of looking forward to it for the kids sake, but I am not looking forward to the chill that comes with it.

 

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The cold and darkness makes me super low on some days. I won’t call my state of mind – SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) or winter depression, but it is quite similar. The cold and the darkness that comes with it (especially the darkness) gets me really down sometimes. I call the feeling the winter blues.

As a working from home mummy of 2 very busy toddlers, I am always on the move. Working from home with the kiddies in school means I get to be on my own and with my thoughts and work for a good part of the day. So I have to protect my state of mind to ensure I can give everyday my best shot.

Here are some ways I cope and keep the winter blues away –

 

Let them be light

I pull my blinds and curtains every morning and get in as much natural light as I can. This act usually gives my mental health an instant boast. It helps that we have a room with a window in the ceiling like aluminium roof lanterns. I like to do most of my work during the day in that room. We also have French doors in our living room which helps as well. I like to chill in the room as it is always bright and alive.

 

Get out of the house

The school run takes me out of the house every weekday. I have also started driving lessons, that gets me out as well. I also may sure I go out at least once a week outside of the school run times for a few hours. Getting out of the house means I get to take in as much fresh air as possible, which clears my head and mind.

 

Meditation

Like I mentioned in this post, I have started meditating and I am loving it. I now sleep better and feel great. If you don’t meditate, I would advise you try it. It is great to just sit up and do nothing, think of nothing and just listen to the sounds around you. I didn’t think I would like it as much as I do, but I cannot imagine never meditating now. It has become a nightly ritual.

 

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Burn a candle

I love candles and I like to have them in my home. Yankee Candles are my current favourites. Candles have a way of relaxing me and the scent of my candles help me deal with the winter blues.

 

Listening to music

I would be lost without my Spotify app on my phone. I listen to some of my favourite tracks on there everyday. Music is like food to my soul and it can help me deal with anything.

 

How are you dealing with the winter blues? Do you have any tips to share?

 

 

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4 Things You Need to Know Before You Go for Couple Therapy

Relationships are hard work. Both parties have to continue to give the relationship all they have in other for it to thrive. If one person is on board, and the other really isn’t, there is no way the relationship would survive. A good relationship can do wonders for our mental health, which is why it is so very important. Couple therapy can help save a relationship, and that explains why it is very popular today.

 

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Life is so busy with the endless work, commuting, childcare, and all the other responsibilities we have as adults. Sometimes, we forget to nurture our relationships. If your relationship is struggling, some couples therapy may be all it needs to bring the spark back to life. Here are 4 things you need to know before you go for couple therapy.

 

Make sure the Therapist is qualified

Before starting the therapy sessions, you should ensure the therapist is qualified to provide the services. The last thing you would want is having to waste your time with a half-baked counselor/therapist. Apart from the fact that you would both be wasting your time with an unqualified therapist, you won’t want to take on the wrong advice. So it is best to ensure the Therapist is qualified before you sign up for any sessions.

 

Set money aside

I am all about budgeting this year, so this tip shouldn’t surprise my regular readers. Once you are sure of the qualifications of the Therapist, you need to set some money aside for your sessions. You both need to decide on how much you are willing to spend on the counseling, and stick to your budget. It makes sense to set aside a realistic amount to cover the costs of the sessions, so you don’t end using a form of credit to pay up. Having a budget for your couple counseling that allows some room for flexibility is the way to go.

 

Have an initial session

You both need to see if you like your Therapist’s way of counseling. Having an initial session to check this is recommended. Counseling is a very personal experience. You would be answering very personal questions, so you need to like your therapist and be very comfortable. If not, it would be a waste of time and money.  You both also need to know the Therapist’s views on marriages and relationships, and ensure it sits well with both parties.

 

 

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Make sure you are both willing

This takes us back to the first thing I mentioned on here. You both need to be willing to put in the work for any relationship or marriage to work. The same goes for couple counselling. Both parties need to be willing to go for couple counselling and do all it takes to better the relationship. If one is on board and the other isn’t, it would be a waste of time. Communication is very important, and you need to communicate properly even more when you are undergoing couple counseling. Without communication, the therapy would be dead before it even starts.

 

What are your thoughts on this? Please share them in the comments section below. Thanks for stopping by.

 

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3 Things You Should Know About Insomnia

Millions of people are affected by Insomnia which is a condition where one finds it hard to fall asleep. Insomnia is a kind of sleep disorder which in medical term is described not only as the inability to fall asleep . It is also a condition where the sleep you get is not enough to get you rested. Sleep is an important component of the human body and as an adult, one needs at least 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep.  There are so many facts people do not know about Insomnia.  Here are the key facts you need to know.

 

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Types of Insomnia

There are three types of insomnia. Acute insomnia usually occurs due to a certain circumstances in life.  For instance, if one receives unfortunate news or is stressed about a certain event like the loss of a loved one. In this case, then they are more likely to experience acute insomnia. This kind of insomnia disappears on its own after the body copes with the situation.

There is the Transient Insomnia. This kind of insomnia is short-lived and does not require medical intervention as it disappears after a few days. There is also chronic insomnia which lasts for months and it requires medical intervention of it last for more than three months.

 

Causes of Insomnia

Insomnia can be caused by a wide variety of issues which include; disruption in sleep patterns which may be caused by a change in job shift, jet lag or being in an areas with extreme temperature. Insomnia can also be caused by medical issues such as anxiety disorder, bipolar condition, depression and stress. Individuals who suffer from anxiety issues like the feeling of being overwhelmed may find it hard to fall asleep.

Individuals who also suffer from arthritis or asthma may also find it hard to fall asleep. The frequent changes in mood can lead to changes in hormone which in turn can lead to lack of quality sleep. Certain medications such as statins, beta blockers and antidepressant have been found to interfere with one’s ability to fall asleep and stay sleepy.

 

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Treatment

Insomnia is treatable using a wide variety of home remedy and medical interventions. The treatment of Insomnia focuses on the root cause of it. In most case home remedy are recommended, they may include maintaining a sleep schedule. This involves going to sleep at the same time and waking up at the same time. It is also advisable that one avoid stimulants a few hours to bedtime. This includes avoiding alcoholic and beverages which are high in caffeine which is a stimulant. The next home remedy is avoiding having television or even bright light in the bedroom as they tend to affect the quality of sleep.

There are also medical treatments which include taking sleeping pills, melatonin, sleep aids and also antidepressant especially if the cause of insomnia is depression.

 

For more information on insomnia check out: https://www.thesnorewhisperer.com/

 

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