How To Manage Seasonal Affective Disorder

 

The shorter days, cooler weather, and covid social distancing is contributing to an increase in anxiety, depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and addictions. 

When we socially isolate ourselves, either for covid or due to the cooler weather, we end up lonelier and sadder.   

 Loneliness is a real problem in our modern disconnected society.  Although people connect socially via social media, they may not have the supportive connections necessary to avoid loneliness.  

S.A.D, or Seasonal Affective Disorder  is caused by low levels of serotonin, low levels of vitamin D, and increased levels of melatonin.  S.A.D becomes more pronounced in areas with very short daylight hours.  

If you suspect your symptoms are related to S.A.D, there are a few things you can do to feel better.  First of all, get a blood test to check your Vitamin D levels.  Many people are low in Vitamin D and could benefit from...

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Why I Taped My Mouth Shut!

I recently had an annual check up and I was totally taken aback when my doctor asked if I suffered from sleep apnea.  I asked why she thought this and she informed me that I had symptoms that appeared to be related to interrupted sleep.  She recommended a sleep study but I wanted to rule out other causes before taking that step.  

Through my research I discovered the impact mouth breathing has on sleep.  The past few months I've woken up from severe dry throat and didn't know the cause.  I also woke up frequently through the night and couldn't pin point the reason.  

In doing this research about mouth breathing, I learned about taping the mouth for good sleep.  Breathing is something we do all day, every day. You probably took 12-16 breathes just in the past minute but did you stop to observe if you breathed through your nose or mouth?  

Although I'm generally a nose breather during the day, I noticed I...

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Internet Addiction: Symptoms and Treatment Options

 

Do you or someone you know struggles with an addiction to the internet? Is the time spent on the internet impacting their job, school work, and personal relationships?

Since we're all confined to our homes due to the pandemic, many are forced to spend large amounts of time on the internet, either for work...or school.  The internet is also our only source of socialization so it's easy to see how dependent some of us have become on the internet.  

Of course, just because you're spending more time on the internet, it doesn't necessarily mean you're struggling with an Internet Addiction Disorder.  The excessive use of the internet becomes an issue when it begins to interfere with your daily life activities.  

In this video I address the signs and symptoms of internet addiction and discuss the steps you can take to overcome your dependency.  

 



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5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Therapy Session

 

“I've realized therapy is incredibly therapeutic”
Lisa Schroeder, I Heart You, You Haunt Me

You have an entire hour dedicated to you to address your life's issues and struggles so why not make the most of each session? 

I see so many people come to sessions totally unprepared and not know what to talk about. 

That hour can easily be wasted if you don't come to the sessions prepared.  Therapy can only be effective if you take it seriously and put in the work and effort in between sessions. 

In this video I address how you can make the most of your therapy sessions.Therapy can work best when you make the most of the sessions.

To download the Free PDF “Top 5 Strategies for Great Mental Health”, please visit https://www.transforminganxiety.com/top5

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