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Cut yourself some slack...

New Year can be an exciting and energetic time, but it can also be a period that puts many under huge pressure and stress. With the expectation of New Year’s resolutions and the sense that you need to ‘be a better person this year’ (untrue by the way, you are enough just as you are, remember that!), try and cut yourself some slack. January can also be a month where time seems to fly by (I’m sure everybody can relate to that) and you feel increased pressure to meet certain time limits.

With these things in mind, it can be helpful to take a step back from the situation you’re in and consider the question – ‘Would I treat a friend like I’m treating myself right now?’ If the answer is no, think about changing your mindset and remembering you may well be feeling particularly anxious or low because of the things noted above. This is normal and the great thing is that spring always comes around, everybody settles back into a more regular routine and it’s likely you will start to feel much more relaxed 😊

Recognising seasonal affective disorder (seasonal depression) and addressing it proactively if you think you may be affected by it is another big step towards feeling happier and feeling mentally stronger. Seasonal Affective Disorder comes and goes with the seasons, typically starting in the late autumn/early winter and going away during the spring and summer. It is also more common in younger people but can be effectively treated. Significantly, one of the treatments can be light therapy so getting outside more will help not hinder!

YiR is always on hand to offer support to anyone who needs it. Get in contact or drop in, we’d love to see you.


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