Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that's related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you're like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. Less often, SAD causes depression in the spring or early summer. Symptoms specific to winter-onset SAD, sometimes called winter depression, may include
Oversleeping, Appetite changes, especially a craving for foods high in carbohydrates, Weight gain, Tiredness or low energy. The specific cause of seasonal affective disorder remains unknown. Some factors that may come into play include: Your biological clock (circadian rhythm). The reduced level of sunlight in fall and winter may cause winter-onset SAD. This decrease in sunlight may disrupt your body's internal clock and lead to feelings of depression.
Serotonin levels. A drop in serotonin, a brain chemical (neurotransmitter) that affects mood, might play a role in SAD. Reduced sunlight can cause a drop in serotonin that may trigger depression.
Melatonin levels. The change in season can disrupt the balance of the body's level of melatonin, which plays a role in sleep patterns and mood. . . .
It is totally normal to have some days when you feel down. But if you feel down for days at a time and you can't get motivated to do activities you normally enjoy, it’s time to seek help. This is especially important if your sleep patterns and appetite have changed, you turn to alcohol or drugs for comfort or relaxation, or you feel hopeless or think about suicide. #seasonalaffectivedisorder#helpishere#therapy#sucideprevention#sad#beatthewinterblues#yourbestlife#psychology#yourenotalone#askforhelp#yougotthis
New Leaf Therapy founder, Dr. Susan Dutcher has seen the debilitating effect that trauma has on her patients and their loved ones. That is why Dr. Dutcher has completed advanced training in EMDR therapy. Put simply, EMDR therapy is a tool used alleviate post traumatic symptoms in a shorter amount of time than traditional therapies. If you are struggling to overcome a painful experience, there is hope. You can get your life back. You never have to do it alone. 💛 #helpishere#emdr#therapy#traumarecovery
With so many of us torn between juggling heavy workloads, managing relationships and family responsibilities, and squeezing in outside interests, it's no surprise that more than one in four Americans describe themselves as “super stressed.” And that’s not balanced—or healthy.
In our rush to “get it all done” at the office and at home, it’s easy to forget that as our stress levels spike, our productivity plummets. Stress can zap our concentration, make us irritable or depressed, and harm our personal and professional relationships.
Here are a few practical steps we can all take to loosen the grip that stress has on us and win back the balance in our lives. 💛
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At work - Be efficient with your time - Set manageable goals each day - Take Five (walk in the sunshine / do a ten minute meditation) - Listen to your favorite music (Florence and the Machine♥️ is always a solid choice) - Give yourself a break
(no one is perfect. no one.)
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At Home - Unplug (back away from the screens) - Divide & Conquer (split chores evenly) - Don't over commit (just say no) - Get Support from family & friends (if you can't ask them for help who can ya ask?!) - Stay active (sweat baby sweat)- Treat your body right (we love Blue Apron / Sunbasket / Home Chef / etc. for healthy, fun to cook meals!) 💛 #helpishere#balancedlife#workandplay#mindfulness
💛According to neuroscientists, gratitude is one powerful act of kindness to yourself. Gratitude has been linked to decreased levels of depression, anxiety, insomnia and physical illness. Gratitude as a practice has long-ranging effects, but a brief gratitude practice is still good for your mind. One quick way to rejuvenate and re-energize your mind is to make a list of three, seven or 10 things that are positive in your day and/or your life. This could range from having a car to drive, a job, best friends, or even a latte. Being grateful for the things that you have increase your happiness levels and energize your mind to continue to do well.💛 #begrateful#mindfulness#gratitudejournal#inhaleloveexhalegratitude
October 10th is World Mental Health Day. Our very own Dr. Susan Dutcher will be giving a presentation at the @mulvanelib on stress management skills, creating a healthy mind as well as other ways to stay mentally healthy. Join us for a chance to take a step away from the stress and everyday hassles to invest in your mental well being. The event on October 10th will begin at 6:30 p.m. Make time for this. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. See you there. 💛
Please, help us welcome Cheryl to our team. 🌟
Cheryl Santee is a Temporary Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (T-LMFT). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska, and a Master of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. She loves working with couples, has completed Level 1 and Level 2 Gottman training, is a certified SYMBIS assessment facilitator and is a certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator. In addition, she is trained in play therapy and has experience working with children of all ages.
Cheryl’s passion lies in helping clients make positive changes that will enhance their personal and professional relationships. Cheryl primarily uses solution-focused therapy and attachment theory and is flexible and empathic to the specific needs of each client’s journey to healing. Ultimately, she strives to create a safe space where clients experience compassion, care, and growth. “When a client walks through my door I hope they feel safe, valued and cared for.” #helpishere#playtherapy#couplestherapy#lmft#youdeserveit
Self-love means finding peace within ourselves — resting comfortably within the depths of our being. We might find temporary respite by doing something to nurture ourselves. But a deeper inner peace requires cultivating a certain way of being with ourselves — a warm and nurturing attitude toward what we experience inside. Feelings often contain wise messages, if we can only decipher what they’re trying to tell us in the best way they know how. If we can cultivate a warm and friendly attitude toward our feelings, they’re more likely to become friendly allies on our life journey. New meanings, insights, and openings arise and our lives move forward in a more fulfilling way. Next time self-talk is causing you to feel shame, anxiety, or any emotion that diminishes your self-worth, take time to pause. Practice mindfulness, meditate, list your gratitudes, and as always, if you need a little extra help, call us. 💛 #mindfulness#bekindtoyourself#youdeserveit#helpishere
When children are chronically anxious, it’s natural for parents to seek strategies to fix or stop the anxiety. It’s very difficult for parents to see a young child suffer from anxiety, and many well-meaning parents unknowingly exacerbate the anxiety by attempting to protect their children from experiencing negative emotions.
All kids are different and what works well for one child might not work for another. Learning to manage symptoms of anxiety and cope with triggers takes time and practice. Parents can help their children by trying some of these strategies at home.💛💛Practice relaxation strategies- deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, create a relaxation kit with coloring books, fidget toys, stuffed animals, clay, etc. Teach your child to talk back- have your child practice sayin “you’re not in charge of me, worry brain. I know I can handle this.” Teach your child to stop anxious thoughts before the anxiety takes over by saying, “No, that’s not true.” This technique interrupts the anxious thought cycle. Need help helping your child? Call us. We’re here. 💛 #bewhoyouneeded#anxietyhelper#mindfulness#parenting
When you’re feeling unsure of yourself it seems like everyone has it better than you. When making comparisons, you subtly reinforce to your brain the importance of things like looks and material objects, which makes you feel even worse when you don’t “win” the comparison. Tips for avoiding comparison and increasing your personal happiness are ... 💛Stop living through Social Media💛Forget FOMO💛Practice Mindfulness💛Look for Commonalities, not differences💛Talk to yourself with the same kindness you’d use with a child💛Resist the urge to judge others💛Count your blessings💛 #mindfulness#therapy#dontcompare#loveyourself#helpishere
Feeling lost? Uncertain of how to get out of a rut?Whether you’ve lost yourself in your job, relationship, your role as a parent or simply feel lost in life in general, you are not alone. It doesn’t mean your life is doomed and that you will never find yourself again. It simply means you are going through an incubation period and transformation. The key is not to get stuck in your current lost state and to tap into your creative power to create a life you love. Here are some tips for getting unstuck ... 💛Remember what you love to do. And go do it! 💛Go on an adventure. 💛Reconnect with your dreams. (Dream scenario, what does that look like to you?) 💛Expand your comfort zone, on the regular. 💛Get quiet and listen ( pay attention to the signs on the road, the people you meet, the songs on the radio. There are messages all around with divine guidance.) 💛Remember you have the power to be, have, and do anything you desire. 💛Ask for help.
While it might be tempting to run from anxiety or try to eliminate it entirely from our life, that would mean rejecting part of our human nature. Anxiety can provide an (unwanted) opportunity to assess not just particular choices we are making but more holistically, the way we are living our lives. Most fundamentally, anxiety turns our attention to our greatest task in life, which is to become who we are. We become someone when we act. That is to say, we form our identities by having and acting on our principles, commitments, hopes, and dreams. Inaction is unfreedom; it keeps us from standing in right or good relation to ourselves, our friends and family.- We are here to help you overcome anxiety, to help you become who you are meant to be. 💛 #helpishere#anxietyrelief#mulvane
Many of us have negative thoughts, sometimes frequently. When we think like this, our confidence, mood and outlook can become negative, too.
The problem with negative thoughts is that they can become self-fulfilling prophecies. We talk ourselves into believing that we're not good enough. And, as a result, these thoughts drag down our personal lives, our relationships, and our careers.
But, if we deliberately do the opposite and use positive thoughts about ourselves, the effect can be just as powerful but far more helpful.
We could not get through our days without these affirmations. What are you saying to yourself in difficult moments? Are you being kind to you? Tell us your go to mantras. 💛 #positiveaffirmations#mantras#mindfulness#helpishere#therapy#whatyouthinkyoubecome